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Easter treats!!

Easter time!!!

We were invited to mums for a lamb roast!! Reunion with family and cousin on hols from Australia, was nice to dig and share food this spring!

Had taken a day off from t30 to enjoy the treats served up at dinner.

Mum …. A raving fan of family wholefood health was inspired to serve me a special and specific type of feast …… I was impressed

  

 

Nice glass of wine and strawberry and raspberry trifle after I was happy and satisfied! Soooo nice to have food served up to me too ….. A nice change!

Gorgeous flower bouquets and chocolates came my way too 💝

We also tasted a brew from a local micro brewrey … Made from fresh non GMO hops white gypsy have a range of beer, ale and stout….. With a 9% alcohol content…. Great value as you need less good quality alcohol knowing we were supporting local and celebrating with good quality!!

Happy Easter everyone!!🎈

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Cut the food bill and increase value!

Cut down that food shop bill!! 

 
Wow!!

I thought we weren’t doing too bad on the rubbish ( sugary/salty goods) coming into the house but.. 

radically enough ….
we have turned a major corner in the last 6 months, and an even bigger leap during my eating challenge of the last 30 days! 

 This is what we have been doing daily over the last couple of months and aim to continue for  longer period of time …. 

 
We no longer buy ANY

Cordials, kids fruit drinks ie…fruit shoots and the likes ( because of asparteme used now as a sugar replacement)

Yogurt pots ( just find them a lazy option not really the best nutritional value) sometimes we get one larger pot of greek yogurt to use sparingly. Margarine / veg oils for cooking ( on educating ourselves on transfats ) now its only butter.. coconut oil.. olive and others for dressings etc

Frozen chips ( homemade are more delicious and nutritious

 
Rarely 

 
Sugar cereals. we graually substituted them for porridge oats, fruit ….. with french toast/ pancake option for weekends. 

Any time a cereal finds its way home from shopping trip we use it for snacks. 

 
Biscuits …. we use oat cakes with honey a lot more and encourage a bit of baking when we fancy a sweet treat.

Processed meats
We now buy a bacon cut and use it in carbonara. We always have leftover from main meal as well as left over chicken from free range birds so we make use of these leftover slices for sandwiches instead of processed sliced meats. 

 
Ocassionally 

 
Tomato ketchup.

We use it more sparingly for dishes it suits ( like fish and chips)  as opposed to a daily condiment! 

 
Cheese
Good quality used sparingly … or in cooking. No orange cheddar!!

Sweets/ bars
We now get dark above 50% cocoa choc at least …. 

we soak nuts like almonds cashews etc to eat with it and use cocoa powder that we sweeten with maple syrup or honey.

 

Less 

 
Dairy  … We growing used to less milk, and have upgraded to organic. We drink more water. We use milk for breakfast porridge, and to have to mix into tea and coffee. We don’t rely on it for calcium as kids enjoy calcium in green veg. 

 
Cut back considerably 

 
Meat
We now buy 2 free range chickens…1ham/bacon joint… 1/2 pound organic minced beef….fish pieces/ fillets…..

that leaves for 1 or two veggie/ egg dishes. ( weekly for 2 adults 3 children ages 11 down to 4

 
Alcohol

A bottle of wine occasionally and a six pack beer weekly usually does us 🙂 

 
Now finally the misconceptions of making these changes 

 Shopping bills have NOT increased!!!!!!..even though we are getting better quality food we save on those expensive processed good such as yogurts..fruit juice cartons..processed meats ( sliced ham) 

We put money saved on the grocery bill towards our nutritional top up fruit and veg capsules (kids get them free with our orders)

*Highly recommended* 

 
Make small changes … 

they can make a difference in the long run … as we become increasingly aware of the need for micronutrients as contained in raw fruit and veg…we find it harder to steer away from this. 

Look us up at family wholefood health for links to inform you on bridging the gap using fruit and veg capsules ( how we truly started to bridge our nutritional gap

 We are on a journey …. the kids still like shop bought treats and ice cream …. I still love a coffee. 

 With small incremental changes I believe we re making our health a priority and cutting down significant risks associated with over eating processed goods.

Thanks for reading :))))

parental daily ramblings · recipes that saved the day · wholefood family health

Homemade chicken nuggets!! Get the kids involved! !

Homemade chicken nuggets!!! Get the kids involved!!

Ingredients
Chicken breast (free range) cut into bite size pieces
Oat cakes
Egg

Get prepared!!!!
This is a great activity for children to get involved in ….. my daughter considers chicken nuggets as her favourite dinner. This lets her see that we can make our own using preferred ingredients ( there is a lot of crap in the frozen foods section calling themselves chicken!!!!)

*For safety *…. prepare the following
A sink full of hot soapy water ready for all things that come in contact with the chicken.

Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces
Beat a couple of eggs ( I had egg whites left over today so I used them) . pour beaten egg onto a plate.
Grind a few oatcakes ( about 6 for 3 large chicken breast fillets) and put crumbs on a plate

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Get a  2nd plate and put a few scoops of flour onto it

Next

Now you have 3 plates lined up ready to prepare the nuggets
Heat coconut oil in a shallow pan. You may need to add more oil as you go but start with 2 desert spoons of oil.

Then…..call the kids!!!!!
1. Pick up a chicken piece
2. Dip in the flour and move around until coated
3. Move chicken piece to the egg. Dip one side…then the other
4. Move it next to the oat crumb. Coat the piece of chicken.
5. Move to the pan of heated oil. (Use a tongs if you wish…depending on your childs ability)

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Repeat until all chicken pieces are in the pan. Fry in the oil until crumbs are golden brown and meat is cooked through. ( cutting the chicken into smaller uniform pieces helps with this)

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* guide the little ones over to handsoap and sink to wash hands thoroughly*
Move all plates utensils into sink of hot soapy water.

Plating up
Serve with homemade chips and coleslaw or salad.

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Kids in the kitchen is something I would like to get happening more and more, it really makes the difference when they are eating something they helped prepare!!

PS: the kids loved the chicken but  disliked the coleslaw!!!! They would have eaten grated carrot…but don’t seem to like dressings. Adults loved it!