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Meal Plan – a Week of Homemade Takeaways

Meal Plan – a Week of Homemade Takeaways (From around the world) ~This post contains affiliate links – my full disclosure policy can be found here ~ Who DOESN’T love a great takeaway? Not the Brits! Apparently the average UK citizen buys a takeaway two to three times a week and the… Read More »Meal Plan – a Week of Homemade Takeaways

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Meal Plan – adapting carb free for the family

Meal Plan – adapting carb free for the family

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Because Athol (my husband) is on a carb free diet but the kids are not (I sort of am too), this week I’ve had to prepare separate dishes some nights. This has meant quite a bit of extra prep, at the time of the day when I have the least patience and energy. It’s much quicker and easier to boil a pot of pasta or rice to accompany a dish (ok for the kids but not for him) than to chop up and stir fry a medley of Mediterranean vegetables (great for him but ‘gross’ for the kids) and time consuming to have to do both!

It took me a few days to realise that I could outsource some of the less onerous cooking duties – Athol and the kids are willing chef assistants, provided I don’t have a Gordon Ramsey moment when things don’t go my way.  And apart from the fact that I actually love the veggies myself, it’s been good for the kids to have to try and eat things they wouldn’t normally pick for themselves. Cooking and prepping the food has taught them to appreciate and enjoy it too.

Some disturbing statistics came out in the news this week on grocery spending in Ireland. Parents are spending twice as much on junk food than they are on vegetables per week – and junk food is cheap here! That possibly goes to show why this country is struggling with one of the highest obesity rates in Europe and the world. I’m a firm believer in creating your own normal around the food you eat as the best way to get children to try and get used to a wider array of healthy foods and vegetables.

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Carb Free Week Meal Plan

Carb Free Week Meal Plan This week the kids have been home off school and Athol (my husband if you didn’t know) had some leave he needed to use up so he was also here. He offered to do the shopping AND the cooking this week so that it would… Read More »Carb Free Week Meal Plan