Chopped raw vegetables and plenty of fruit
I usually have a variety of chopped raw vegetables such as carrot batons, cucumber, onions and plenty of fruit in the fridge to create vegetables for dipping into different sauces and fruit for desert and to make pre-pared smoothies
The great thing about all this pre- prepared food is that it is easy for the older children to get out of the fridge and make meals for themselves. It saves you time during the week and gives plenty of options when they all want something different. It saves you money by recreating their favourite restaurant food making eating in not only fun but also tasty and nutritious!
So grains and pulses are the new super food
Luckily for us they are also some of the cheapest food you can buy!!
Dried or tinned lentils, beans and pulses are incredibly cheap and what’s more, they are really good at filling you up. They go great with salads, chillies and wraps. This summer I have been using my left over Sunday lunch with some pulses and grains to make a great dinner on Monday which has continued in various forms until Wednesday.
I have also added some tomatoes, olives and avocados, sprinkled some balsamic vinegar and olive oil. If you want some extra protein, mix in some diced tuna or Salmon alternatively some diced chicken or cooked mince. Tastes delicious, keeps you fuller for longer and is as cheap as (and better for you than) chips!!!!
I have been eating this regularly for the last two weeks in preparation for my holiday and noticed that I am also losing weight as it is keeping me fuller for longer and replacing some of the carbs I’d usually be eating. Helping to save money and lose weight what could be better!!!
The other Sunday I heard a lot of swearing and banging about in the kitchen. Whilst hubbie loves eating homemade food he doesn’t love cooking it. ‘The bread is broken’ I heard him shout.
‘How can you break the bread’? I ask
‘I couldn’t get it out of the bread tin and now it is in pieces all over the cooling rack’.
‘Did you grease the bread tin before you put in dough in’? I ask
‘Of course I bl**dy did’ is the response.
Not convinced I inspect the ‘broken bread’.
‘OK Summer Fruit Pudding for us this evening’ I tell him.
Having never had it before he looks both relieved and confused.
Luckily at this time of year there's plenty of fruit on special offer, we have an allotment so my freezer is spilling over with frozen raspberries, strawberries, blackberries etc.
Always use the ratio of 2:1 i.e. double the amount of flour, butter and sugar to the number of eggs used for instance if you wanted to make a larger sponge you could use:
8 Oz Self raising flour
8 Oz soft butter
8 Oz sugar
Whisk the eggs, butter and sugar together then slowly sift in the self raising flourFor the extra light sponge now add:
1 tsp baking powder
1 desert spoon of hot water
Whisk again for another 15 seconds
Pour into two 7 inch greased round cake tins lined with grease proof paper (if you are making a larger sponge make sure the cake tins are deep enough)
Bake in the oven on 180 degrees until golden brown
To test the sponge is cooked thoroughly see if it bounces back when you press your finger on the centre
Once the cake tins are cool enough remove the sponges and place them on a wire rack until cold.
Then add whatever filling and topping you prefer