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Meal Plan 1st August - 7th August 2016


Meal Plan
I'm officially off work now for 4 weeks - a very nice prospect indeed!  My employer kindly lets me take the summer off as unpaid parental leave, which although hits us a bit financially is worth it for the extra time I get at home with the kids. I try and budget for the drop in salary throughout the rest of the year but it doesn't always go to plan. Thankfully living in Cornwall we've got lots of free days at the beach to look forward to and the kids don't mind beans on toast ......

Today we're at a local music festival (Leopalooza), which is just a few minutes down the road from us. Mr Bloom is there so the kids have been very excited about meeting him and I'm looking forward to seeing Kodaline tonight. The weather is good and I'm sure the cider will be flowing!

Tomorrow will most definitely be a lazy day recovering, but I do need to do something with the glut of courgettes I have before they turn into marrows. I've got a Chocolate Courgette Cake and some Courgette and Cheddar Muffins in mind. I might squeeze in some mini Chocolate Cheesecakes too if the weather forecast for heavy rain is correct.

Monday 1st August
Courgette Frittata and Salad

Tuesday 2nd August
3 Fish Kedgeree with a Poached Egg - I'm trialling Joseph Joseph's Microwave Egg Poacher!

Wednesday 3rd August
Chicken Parmigiana and Pasta

Thursday 4th August
White Ragu with Spaghetti

Friday 5th August
Peanutty Chicken Curry with Naan Breads

Saturday 6th August
Roast Gammon, Mashed Swede with clotted cream, Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese, Carrots, Roast Sweet Potato
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Organix Punk'd: The New Kids' Snack Food With Attitude


Organix Punk'd
With three kids in the house I'm pretty familiar with the offerings of Organix, the UK's number one toddler snack food brand. It goes without saying that my handbag is never complete without a packet of their Apple Rice Cakes or Sweetcorn Rings for Heidi to snack on if she gets hungry. Although aimed at toddlers,  my older two are often found rooting through my bag for the Sweetcorn Rings in particular and my 6 year old has been known to sneak a Banana Soft Oaty Bar to bed with him!

They were really pleased to hear about Organix new range of healthy snacks aimed at over 5's -  Organix Punk'd. Punk'd is kicking off with two cereal bars which we got to sample - with the promise of more snacks coming in the near future.

Punk'd Oaty Bars are soft baked, packed with real fruit and wholegrain oats and come in two tasty flavours - Cocoa & Orange Crash and Strawberry & Vanilla Smash. You'll find fewer ingredients in these bars than in many other kids snacks and absolutely no flavourings or colourings. My kids seem to be constantly hungry and these are a fantastic healthier alternative to cookies and cake! There's nothing wrong with cookies and cake of course but when you realise your son has eaten 10 homemade cookies in one day you start to worry a bit. They are also easily transportable and I'll be taking a few to Leopalooza tomorrow - a local music festival, hoping they will stave off the kids hunger pangs whilst we listen to some bands.
Organix Punk'd
Every box contains 6 individually wrapped bars with an RRP of £2 and are available initially from Ocado and Amazon. Judging by the number of bars that have disappeared from the cupboard, they get a definite thumbs up from my lot.

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Organix
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Marley Spoon Recipe Boxes


Korean Beef

I reviewed a Marley Spoon recipe box last November, just as they were launching their new family meal box service. The company appears to have gone from strength to strength and I was lucky enough to try another 'summer BBQ box' recently.

HOW IT WORKS


Marley Spoon sends tasty, fresh ingredients (and I can vouch for the freshness) to your door making it easy to create and cook a delicious meal at home. There's a range of different pans to choose from to suit your specific needs, ranging from a two person box costing up to £42 or a family box which feeds four and costs up to £60. You can choose whether you want two, three or four meals included in the box and unlike normal veg/fruit boxes, you can pick exactly which meals you fancy. Next week the choices include Korean Beef and Kale Stir Fry (as shown above), Mexican Corn on the Cob (below), Aubergine and Basil Pomodoro, Herbed Sea Bream Traybake or Caramelised Sumac Chicken.

Corn on the Cob

Ingredients are delivered in a large cardboard box insulated using upcycled sheeps wool with step by step recipe cards to help you recreate the dishes you've chosen. All of the products arrived fresh and in good condition, unlike some veg boxes I've had in the past, with fairly long use by dates on all of the ingredients.

For time poor working parents who want to be able to cook nutritious healthy food for their children, you really wont find anything easier than this.

Disclosure: I was sent a box to review. All thoughts are my own.
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GF Choco Peanut Butter Chia Seed Cookies


Choco Peanut Butter Chia Seed Cookies
Living in Cornwall I'm always a bit slow getting up to speed with new foodie trends, the main reason being 'exotic' ingredients are incredibly hard to find here! Thank goodness for the internet where I can source ingredients like Chia Seeds, Coconut Flour and Matcha Flour ...without having to drive all the way to Exeter or Plymouth to buy them.

These protein packed cookies I'm posting today are super easy to make and a great one for the kids to help with. You just mix everything together in a bowl, roll into 12 golf balls, pop on a baking tray and flatten with a fork. Ten minutes in the oven and you have a very yummy gluten free cookie to enjoy. I used unsweetened peanut butter so they aren't overly sweet, but if you're making them for kids I'd definitely use sweetened Peanut Butter and perhaps a handful of milk choc chips.
Choco Peanut Butter Chia Seed Cookies

GLUTEN FREE CHOCO PEANUT BUTTER CHIA SEED COOKIES

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GF Choco Peanut Butter Chia Seed Cookies
A super easy gluten free cookie recipe with added chia seeds for extra protein
Ingredients
  • 300g Peanut Butter
  • 2 TBSP Cocoa Powder
  • 1 TBSP Chia Seeds
  • 1 TBSP Carob Syrup
  • 1 Egg, beaten
Instructions
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180c. In a large bowl mix together all of the ingredients.Step 2: Roll into 12 golf ball size balls, place on a baking tray and flatten with a fork.Step 3: Bake for 10 minutes then place on a cooling rack.

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Meal Plan 25th - 31st July 2016


Meal Plan
It's been a while since I've blogged a meal plan. I've been back at work (I'm a Chartered Town Planner by day if you didn't know) for 3 months now and I can report It's bl**dy hard work doing 5 days a week with 3 young children and trying to juggle cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing and gardening too.

The blogs taken a back seat of late but I'm off with the kids for 4 weeks now so hope to create some new recipes for my much neglected blog.

This weeks meals are in general a bit more adventurous than usual thanks to the extra time I'm going to get in the kitchen. Unless the kids have other ideas .....

Monday 25th July
Leftover Roast Chicken, Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese and Baked Sweet Potato

Tuesday 26th July
Sweet Potato Macaroni Cheese with Peas and Sweetcorn

Wednesday 27th July
Oven Baked Trout with Rice and Veggies

Thursday 28th July
Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne with Tortilla's

Friday 29th July
Beetroot Bertollini Pasta with Courgettes and Feta

Saturday 30th July
Chilli Pasta Bake with Salad

Sunday 31st July
Fridge Bottom Frittata - something along the lines of this one as I'll definitely have courgettes to use (I'm picking about 3 a day at the moment)
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Creamy Chicken, Bacon and Tarragon Tagliatelle


Creamy Chicken and Tarragon Tagliatelle
My first recipe in yonks! Returning to work from maternity leave coupled with 3 children and a husband to look after has meant that time has somewhat run away with me recently. Thankfully the holidays are here now and I've got a a whole month off! I need it. My house needs it. It needs a good clean, the windows need washing, the weeds in the garden need attention and I most definitely need to get back my blogging mojo.

We're not going away this summer, apart from a few weekend weddings - we've got plenty of DIY projects currently in progress that NEED to be finished and to be honest we're still feeling the hit of our Disneyland Paris trip earlier in the year. Thankfully we are blessed to live in a beautiful part of the country with beaches at our doorstep - so if you're listening....weather gods please be kind!
Creamy Chicken and Tarragon Tagliatelle
This recipe is perfect for a manic Monday, using up leftover roast chicken from the weekend. It's quick, filling (my kids stomachs have turned into bottomless pits) and most importantly tastes great.

Tarragon, a herb I don't use a lot, gives the dish a wonderful subtle (very subtle as the kids still ate it) aniseed flavour which worked really well. If you don't have any spinach you could add some frozen peas into the pasta water for the last 2 minutes of cooking.

This is best eaten al freso on a warm summers evening with a slice of my yeast free Pine Nut Bread on the side. Bliss.
Creamy Chicken and Tarragon Tagliatelle

CREAMY CHICKEN, BACON AND TARRAGON TAGLIATELLE



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Creamy Chicken, Bacon and Tarragon Tagliatelle
A yummy creamy pasta dish with leftover roast chicken, bacon and flavoured with tarragon
Ingredients
  • 4 Smoked Bacon Rashers, chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove, chopped
  • Splash of White Wine
  • 250ml Creme Fraiche
  • 150g Leftover Roast Chicken
  • 50g Spinach
  • 25g Parmesan, grated
  • 2 TBSP Tarragon, chopped
  • 300g Tagliatelle
Instructions
Step 1: Put a pan of water on to boil for the pasta. In a frying pan heat a TBSP of oil then gently fry the bacon and garlic.Step 2: After 5 mins add the wine and cook it off for a few minutes. Put the pasta into the boiling water to cook.Step 3: Add the creme fraiche, leftover cooked chicken, spinach, Parmesan and tarragon to the frying pan and simmer on a low heat until the pasta is cooked.Step 4: Drain the pasta and toss through the sauce. Serve with extra Parmesan if you like.

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Yield 4
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