Vegetable couscous

I love vegetable couscous and it’s so simple to make! Full of vitamins and the couscous gives it a good portion of protein too. Whats even better is that by making the vegetables really small you can hide some veggies in there and the kids wont even notice!

Ingredients

250g couscous

1 vegetable stock cube

1tsp of turmeric

Olive olive (or any oil you want to use)

1 leek

1/2 large onion

1 courgette

1 red pepper

1/2 cauliflower (including leaves)

50g mixed nuts

Tbsp dill

Method

Tip the couscous into a bowl. In a jug mix 300ml boiling water with the stock cube and turmeric, mix and add to the couscous, cover and leave to the side.

Half the leek through the middle then slice finely. Chop the red pepper, courgette, onion, cauliflower and leaves as fine or chunky as you like. I like ti use my hand processor to chop them fine (although I wouldn’t do the leeks in this, from experience it doesn’t chop them well).

Add olive oil to the pan and turn up the heat, add the vegetables and cook for 8-10mins until soft. Add the nuts, dill and season. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes.

Turn the heat off and mix in the couscous. Taste to check seasoning and your done! This should do atleast 4 portions.

Yuuuuuuummmmmmmy! Enjoy, we did…

Gina’s healthier flapjacks with vegan alternatives

Ok so not completely healthy but much better for you than normal flapjacks and easily adaptable to become vegan flapjacks – and in my opinion much more tasty! These flapjacks have fruit, seeds and nuts in them giving you some healthy vitamins and nutrients not just sugar. To make it even better they are pretty simple to make too – great to get the kids involved, our little girl loves helping to mix all the ingredients together!

Ingredients

2 bananas

1 apple

250g oats

50g butter or plant based spread (or even coconut oil!)

2tbsp peanut butter

3tbsp honey or maple syrup

200g citrus peel

30g sunflower seeds

30g pumpkin seeds

40g mixed chopped nuts

90ml hot water

Method

Grate the apple, skin and all, and mash the bananas in a bowl.

Put the butter, peanut butter and honey in the saucepan on a low heat to gently melt.

Once melted add the apple, banana and water and mix together. Take off the heat.

In a mixing bowl add the oats, seeds, bits and citrus peel

Pour in the melted mixture from the pan. Mix until all oats are wet and it is well mixed.

Tip mixture into the baking tray and roughly spread until about 2cm thick.

Pop in the oven for about 45mins at 160 degrees or until golden brown.

Once cool you can portion them up, this usually makes 8-10 decent sized fingers of flapjack in our household but go as big or as small as you like!

Enjoy!

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The Being More Eco Series Post #1 – 4 Ways to start reducing your plastic footprint

At uni I studied geography and environmental management, so I probably understand a little more than most about looking after our environment, and the impacts of abusing it. With this in mind, we’ve always tried our best to recycle and do our bit for the environment where we can, using fabric tote bags instead of plastic carrier bags and using reusable water bottles etc. I get pretty angry when I see people littering, especially some of the kids near where I live being so disrespectful about it!

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5 essentials to survive the first few weeks of parenthood (on top of the basics)

The last few weeks have been a huge learning curve for all three of us since bringing our little princess home. There have been a few things that have been worth their weight in gold to make thing so much easier for us in settling in to our new world of being parents so I thought I’d share them (in no particular order – they have all been lifesavers at some point!):

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15 Minute 4 Veg Pasta

This quick, easy and healthy pasta dish will give you 4 of your 5 a day in one serving and it’s nice and bright too – perfect to brighten up those dull days! It reheats well or can be just as tasty cold for a lunch on the go if you don’t have access to a microwave or stove to reheat.
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Handmade goats milk, honey, lemon and oaty soap bars

Want to make natural and simple gifts for friends and family? Look no further! These goats milk, honey, lemon and oaty soap bars won’t take you more than half an hour to make and won’t break the bank either.
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Product review: Zyliss Easy Pull Food Processor

We can’t rave about this product enough! We spied it on an episode of the Hairy Bikers and thought it would be a great product to add to our camping utensils box. BUT after discovering how awesome it is it is now a main feature in our kitchen – replacing our electronic food processor for most tasks!

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DIY Easy wipeable food planner – FREE PRINTABLE! 

Following on from our post about how to save money on your grocery’s (click here to read more), we have a quick and easy reusable and wipe able food planner you can keep in your kitchen. Best of all it will only cost you a couple of pounds!

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