21 January 2013

The Season To Start Growing

Once winter passes and the ground starts to thaw this is the perfect opportunity to start preparing the garden for planting summer crops. If you don't have a garden or space for a few pot plants outside, even some fresh growing herbs in the kitchen will be great for children to begin learning where food comes from and the wonder of growing your own food.

18 January 2013

Sweet Vegetable Bake

Ok so this is not for dessert but as part of the main meal, however by bringing into the meal sweet vegetables such as carrots, sweet potato and pumpkin you can reduce chocolate and sweet cravings afterwards.

Naturally sweet vegetables are great for nourishing the spleen and pancreas, and help children to relax after a long day at school - as well as the parents after a long days work!
  • First of all finely slice plenty of onions (5-6) and saute with olive oil and a pinch of sea salt for about 20-25 minutes until very soft and sweet. 
  • Whilst this is cooking, peel and finely slice carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips and pumpkin and start to fill a greased oven proof dish with a layer of vegetables.
  • Scoop on top a little of the onion mix and then place more vegetables on top.
  • Continue in this way, as if you were making a lasagne. If you wish to brush the layers of vegetables with a soya sauce, toasted sesame oil dressing as you go along you may.
  • Bake in the oven until soft inside and golden and crispy on top.

Children will love this!

Beat The January Blues

Do you want something to nourish and warm your family from all this snow and cold weather so many of us are having?

Well keep posted, delicious recipes coming up...

Cauliflower is a much overlooked vegetable, often over boiled into mush where it can be bland and unappetising - no wonder kids don't want to eat it!

Why not try this recipe, gently steaming cauliflower florets until just soft, and then covering with a dressing made of peanut butter - smooth or crunchy choose whichever your family prefers (be sure to look for sugar free whole nut versions in supermarkets), white miso, touch of warm water (not too much as we want this dressing to be thick and creamy) and a little apple juice concentrate. Mix well and pour over the steamed cauliflower and grill until nice and crispy.

A great side dish which all the family will love!

2 January 2013

Happy New Year!

So how was Christmas? And New Years Eve?

I hope you all had a wonderful festive break and just to help you all ease into 2013 with a bit of fun I will be posting new recipes very shortly.

Whether you have a New Years resolution to try something new, eat more healthily, encourage your children to eat more vegetables, have fun in the kitchen etc there will be something for you on this blog so watch this space!

Do get in contact if you have any food related questions or want recipe ideas for a particular vegetable...and I will post answers on this blog.

So Happy New Year, welcome to 2013 and lets make it a good one!