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Four healthy family habits that will help you get back on the right track.

Eat together as a family One of the best ways to promote healthy eating habits is to eat together as a family and eating together is also a great opportunity to bond with your loved ones. Studies have shown that families who eat together tend to make healthier food choices. How about making dinner times fun and letting the whole family have a go at choosing what is for dinner each night?  Try and make sure you still have a variety of dishes and that all the different food groups are covered. I like to theme nights: meat-free Monday, traybake …

half and half lasagne

The three foodie staples that are always in my kitchen

1. Canned Beans & Lentils Beans and lentils are some of the more nutritious foods you can choose. When they’re canned, they’re some of the more long-lasting food staples you need to have in your kitchen. Outside of being nutritious, they’re quick and easy to cook and add can be added to lots of different meals. As well as making a meal in their own right, they are also brilliant for bulking meals out and making them go further: you can often reduce the expensive meat content by adding a tin of beans or lentils – my half and half …

My top tips for successful, stress-free entertaining

Cooking for guests: exciting and enjoyable or scary and too much pressure? Here is how you can make cooking for guests an enjoyable experience for all involved! Image Credit – CCO License Check Dietary Requirements Different people have different dietary needs, and it might not always be obvious whether your guests have any. Before you start planning your soiree, have a quick check all of your guests’ dietary requirements. It’s better than not checking, and ending up serving food they can’t or won’t eat: my husband took over the reins recently when we had very good friends round – he …

10 essential kitchen items

People often ask me about the kitchen equipment that I can’t live without – now, I’m not really a gadget person (I can’t stand clutter!) but I do love things that I can use for multiple purposes and those that save me time and energy! Being a busy, working mum, I need items that will simplify family life. Here are my top 10: 1- A small blender (I have a nutribullet).  I use mine for hummus and other dips; dressings; smoothies and breadcrumbs. 2- A handheld stick blender and whisk.  I bought mine when my now 15 year old was being weaned and it …

Planning for the summer holidays

If you are going away for the summer, you need to start planning: as well as all that packing, you also need to make sure you have taken care of all of your food related needs! 1- If you are self catering, write a plan for your breakfasts along with some simple lunch and dinner ideas.  By doing this, when you go to the supermarket (sad but true: this is one of my holiday highlights…I love a foreign supermarket!!!), you know what to buy for some fuss-free family meals. I use the recipe library, which is part of my subscription service, as …