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homemade takeaways, a seven day family meal plan

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

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

Park your Mind in the Trolley Bay…

..and then step right in to your supermarket. Don’t stop to think twice, it’ll cost you either a pretty penny, your health, or your conscience. So, the other night I had an hour to kill between fetching and carrying children from here to there and decided to spend it peacefully exploring the largest supermarket… Read More »Park your Mind in the Trolley Bay…

I’ve stopped feeding the kids one day a week in the school holidays.

I’ve stopped feeding the kids one day a week in the school holidays. Multiple choice: Would you rather a) Visit the dentist OR b) Take four discontent children with you to do your weekly grocery shop? Some people have been known to punch their dentist (actually my neighbour – he… Read More »I’ve stopped feeding the kids one day a week in the school holidays.