family food

Spice Pioneer Power Pods Giveaway

Spice Pioneer Power Pods Giveaway

Spice Pioneer Power Pods Giveaway [Ad] We were kindly gifted a set of five Spice Pioneer Power Pods to try out so that we could ‘spice’ up our dinners here at home. They are so easy to use so the kids have been doing the cooking – using these pods… Read More »Spice Pioneer Power Pods Giveaway

pulled pork and beans in a tortilla wrap on a blue and white china plate

Easy Home Made Spiced Slow Cooked Pulled Pork

Easy Home Made Spiced Slow Cooked Pulled Pork I love how easy it is to make slow cooked pulled pork in a rich and flavoursome tomato sauce at home. All you need are a few basic ingredients to make an warming, spiced and delicious dish. And and by adding beans… Read More »Easy Home Made Spiced Slow Cooked Pulled Pork

sweet potato, smoked pancetta and butter bean soup

Our favourite winter warmer soup – sweet potato, smoked pancetta and butter bean

Our favourite winter warmer soup – sweet potato, smoked pancetta and butter bean A simple and delish dish that my whole family enjoys. This soup recipe is so tasty and so quick to make, it could be even simpler than I have it if you leave out the sweet potato! It… Read More »Our favourite winter warmer soup – sweet potato, smoked pancetta and butter bean

medley of veg, family meal plan,Liberty on the Lighter Side

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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family meal planner calendar and cook books

Family Weekly Meal Plan

Family Meal Planning My mum is a fabulous cook and was an organised meal planner when we were growing up. At the beginning of each month she would get all her favourite cook books and the wall calendar down and set herself up at the kitchen table. She liked to… Read More »Family Weekly Meal Plan