Monthly Archives: April 2012

Meal Plan Monday – 30th April (Week 15)


After a month of eating far too much chocolate and cake we are going for a healthier menu this week.

This week we are having:

Monday – Chicken Stir Fry

Tuesday – Spaghetti Bolognese made with Quorn

Wednesday – Sausage & Root Veg Casserole

Thursday Turkey, Bacon & Thyme Hotpot

Friday – Pork in 5spice with rice & veg

Saturday – Homemade Pizza

Sunday –  Fajita’s

 

Don’t forget to pop over to Mrs M’s blog to see the other meal plans

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Spring Lunch Box Ideas


Spring has sprung and even though it’s hiding at the moment at this time of the year I start looking for lighter lunches.

Here are some of my favourite recipes:

Pesto & Pea Pasta

Pasta can be quite heavy but if you had a light fresh pesto and serve cold it’s perfect for a warm day.

In a blender add a large handful of basil leaves, pinenuts, parmesan, 2 garlic cloves and approx. 150ml of good olive oil.  Whizz until smooth.

Add to cooked pasta and peas. If you want something a bit more filling add some chunks of chicken

Lemon & Mint Couscous

This is a really light but filling lunch and can be served hot or cold.

Make up the couscous as directed you need approx. 50g per person.  Add the juice of half a lemon and glug of olive oil per person and a tablespoon of fresh mint roughly chopped.

You can adjust to take you make like more lemon and less mint or vice versa.

I like to add steamed sugar snap peas and baby corn to it.

This makes a great lunch but you can also serve it as a side dish with grilled chicken or fish.

Crudities and Dips

This is my daughter absolute favourite lunch and it is so simple.

Cut up a selection of veg to dip such as cucumber, carrots, celery and peppers, I also add in some breadsticks.

We tend to have just cream cheese, but you could have yogurt & mint or sour cream & fresh chives.

For something a bit different why not make your own pitta or tortilla chips. Cut up the pitta/tortilla, spray or lightly brush with oil and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes on a low heat.

Keep them plain for the children and you can add sea salt, dries helps, chilli flakes or paprika to yours.

What are your favourite spring lunches?

5 Cool Shorts for Boys


Yesterday we gave you 5 Cool T-Shirts for Boys, today we have shorts for you.

Here are our 5 favourite:

From left to right:

H&M Shorts £4.99

Boys Bermuda from Vertbaudet £16

Maxomorra Blue and White Stars from Juicy Tots £12.99

Green Stripe from Love It Love It Love It £15

F&F Cargo Shorts £7

Next week here comes the girls!

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5 Cool T-Shirts for Boys


Last week we shared our favourite maternity clothes this week its all about the boys.

We are kicking off with cool t-shirts:

From left to right

Moped T-Shirt from Wee Folk Rock £7

Joules Appliqué T-Shirt £9.95

Boys & Girls Print T-Shirt £13

Monkey T-Shirt from George £3.50

Next Navy Guitar T-Shirt from £5.50

Come back tomorrow for some cool boys shorts.

 

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Meal Plan Monday – 23rd April (Week 14)


The weather is looking really unsettled for the next week so I have gone with comfort food.

This week we are having:

Monday – Chicken Pasta Bake

Tuesday – Beef Casserole in the slow cooker

Wednesday – Pork with Mushroom Sauce

Thursday – Salmon and New Potatoes

Friday – Sausage Casserole

Saturday – Homemade Burgers

Sunday – Chicken Casserole

 

Don’t forget to pop over to Mrs M’s blog to see the other meal plans

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5 Stunning Maternity Tops


Last week we shared our 5 fabulous maternity dresses. Since then we have been asked to search out some maternity tops so here is what we found:

From left to right

Crave Maternity Baby Doll Top £59

Matalan Longline Stripped Top £10

Isabella Oliver Cotton Summer Tunic £89

Next Maternity Red Swan Print £15

Verbaudet Draped Maternity Top £11.90

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Win a Signed Copy of Annabel Karmel’s Top 100 Meals in Minutes


We recently sent our blogger Carol along to The Baby Show and she came back with all sorts of goodies including a signed copy of Annabel Karmel’s Top 100 Meals in Minutes.

It’s packed full of easy and quick meals from purées to sweet treats.sorts of goodies

As big Annabel fans we thought we would give away our copy to one lucky Kids One Stop Shop reader.

It’s very simple just leave us a comment below and let us know what your child’s favourite meal is.

You can also earn extra entries by following the instructions below

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck!

Meal Plan Monday – 16th March (Week 13)


The homemade fish fingers and meatball making went down really well last week with my daughter.

They were both simple to so and very tasty, I will share the recipes soon.

This week we are having:

Monday – Chicken and Pesto Pasties

Tuesday – Turkey, Bacon and Thyme Hotpot

Wednesday – Enchiladas

Thursday – Spaghetti Bolognese

Friday – Mini Toad In The Holes and Mash

Saturday – Steak and Chips

Sunday – Cod Wrapped in Bacon

 

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Turkey, Bacon & Thyme Hotpot


I promised a while back I would share this recipe with you so here it is. It is a Slimming World recipe which I have tweaked to suit my family.

You Will Need:

  • 400g Turkey thigh or breast cut into bite sized chunks

  • 8 rashers of bacon cut into pieces (if you are slimming remove fat)

  • 1 leek sliced

  • 300g Mushrooms

  • Handful of chopped fresh thyme

  • ½ pint of chicken stock

  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable gravy granules

  • Spray oil

To Make:

  • Heat a casserole dish and spray with oil

  • Brown turkey pieces and then remove and place to one side

  • Spray a little more oil and add the bacon

  • Once the bacon is browned add the leek and cook and until soft

  • Add the mushrooms, turkey and ¾ of the fresh thyme and stir

  • Add the stock and bring to the boil

  • Add gravy granules and stir

  • Simmer for 20 minutes

  • Add the last of the fresh thyme just before serving

I served with mash potatoes and some veg on the side but it is also good with rice or pasta.

This will serve a family of four.

Give it a try it’s tasty, healthy and low cost.

Let us know if you try it.