Pistachio, Lemon & Rosemary Biscotti make the ideal last minute present. Crisp slices of nutty bread, with the surprising kick of rosemary. Keep a loaf of cooked dough in the freezer for emergencies, and never be caught without a gift again. Total Time Investment: 1 hour 15 mins, plus Overnight Many years ago, my mum made The Princess an advent calendar, full of little patchwork pockets that need to be stuffed with small bits and pieces. I suggested that maybe this year The Princess was too old for the calendar, in the vain hope I would not have to spend [Continue Reading]
This week’s Real Food Meal Plan is full of simple meal ideas that are perfect for the start of the busy season. The menu includes vegetable pizza, chicken sheet pan dinners, easy baked fish, bolognaise pasta bake, and slow cooker chicken chili, with pumpkin choc chips muffins and peanut butter cookies for the sweet tooth in the family. I am completing an on-line course at the moment, and one of the questions asked was “What are you looking forward to in December?” My answer … January! School finishes next week and it has dawned on me I have not [Continue Reading]
Take leftover beef and mushroom stew from the freezer, add a sheet of ready-made puff pastry, and you can put an impressive meal on the table in under an hour with very little effort. Total Time Investment: 35 minutes Rummaging through the freezer recently, I came across a container of leftover Beef and Mushroom Stew. I could have just reheated the stew, served it with a side of mash potato and some steamed greens, and dinner would be done. A better plan was to turn the leftover stew into pot pies.
All about making life easier, this week’s Real Food Meal Plan includes slow cooker Mongolian Beef, spicy noodle soup, an easy sheet pan honey chicken dinner & a simple broccoli pasta. Meal planning at this time of year is a difficult task. I plan my meals according to the weather (Yes, I am aware this is a nerdy thing to do 🙂 ), and every Thursday night when I write my menu I take note of the temperature for the coming week. Temperature becomes more important during summer as I don’t want to plan an oven-baked meal on a 40C [Continue Reading]
I’m changing things up a bit, in an effort to make my Real Food Meal Plan more useful. I have joined forces with some fabulous bloggers to bring you a week’s worth of meal ideas for both fall and spring, so wherever you are in the world I’ve got your dinner covered. A quick look at my blog stats tells me that at least half of you live in a completely different hemisphere to me, so that when I am posting lots of summer recipes because its 40C+ here, those of you shivering under the covers find no comfort [Continue Reading]
Ever wonder what soup mix was? Or how to use it? Throw soup mix into the slow cooker with a few chopped vegetables and some vegetable stock. Eight hours later you will have this delicious thick and hearty slow cooker vegetable soup. Total Time Investment: 8 Hours, 15 minutes Have you ever trundled past the packaged soup aisle in the supermarket and spotted various bags of mixed beans, lentils and grains tucked amongst the brightly coloured packets of instant soup? In my supermarket, they are strategically positioned on the bottom shelf, hidden just well enough that only the truly dedicated [Continue Reading]
Bored with baking the same old chocolate chip cookie? Try these Peanut Butter & Cocoa Nib Oaty Cookies for a change. The cocoa nibs add a chocolatey crunch without the added sugar. Total Time Investment: 30 minutes The problem with children is that they require constant feeding. Constant. Apparently I have not been adequately performing my parental duties of late. Apparently there should be something to eat in the house at all times. Preferably something with chocolate.
This week’s Real Food Meal Plan includes a store-cupboard pasta dish, creamy gnocchi, everyday roast chicken & a quick red curry pork stir fry. The broccoli is coming to an end, and we have finally started to plant the summer crops. If everything grows, we will be drowning in tomatoes in a few months. Not that I think that is a bad problem to have. Asparagus is everywhere at the moment, so I like to eat as much of it as I can during it’s relatively short season. Even if it is just as a simple side dish.
Be transported to another land with my Moroccan Carrot Salad Bowl. Spiked with a creamy vegan orange dressing and crunchy spiced chickpeas, the layers of flavours and textures in this salad bowl will have you planning your next holiday. Finally, there are signs that spring has arrived. It is marginally warmer during the day, I am suffering the most horrendous bouts of hayfever and The Princess has requested salad for her school lunches again.