Chicken & black bean tacos

Happy new year! Good to be back and blogging about everyday food again, rather than working out how much to bolus for an afternoon binge on Quality Street! So here’s a recipe that I dished up for a Christmas holiday sleepover. It reminded me that the reality with T1D is that meals can’t (and shouldn’t) always be regimented with…

Prawn & pancetta special fried rice

I love special fried rice, and here’s a recipe that’s particularly easy to love on every level: Quick and easy? – tick Protein & veggies? – tick Blood sugar nice and stable after a couple of hours? – tick again. Basmati rice is low GI and a great option for my sporty boy to refuel with carbs,…

Baked turkey schnitzels

This is a delicious, healthy way of cooking either thin turkey escalopes, or strips of chicken or fish. It’s so quick and easy that it’ll make you think twice before buying chicken nuggets or fish fingers again! It’s also a good one to prepare in bulk and store in the freezer: just prepare up to step 4,…

Slow-cooker roast chicken with herby couscous

I have officially hit middle age. I love my slow cooker. There are a few reasons for this: I’ve never been brilliant at cooking meat. Stews, casseroles, roasts: sometimes the meat stays tough, or looks cooked on the outside and stays raw in middle. And with no rhyme or reason why it’ll work in one recipe and…

Spaghetti with broccoli, peas & pesto

I’m always up for a Meat-free Monday (and quite often, a meat-free other day if I run out of meat and/or inspiration). Here’s one of our fail-safe storecupboard recipes, perfect for throwing together as a quick energy boost after sport. I don’t understand why broccoli is always seen as a child’s nemesis. I’ve actually never known a…

Chicken, spinach & ricotta lasagne

“What’s for dinner?” “Chicken lasagne.” “Chicken? Why do we always have chicken? We eat chicken all the time! Why can’t we have proper lasagne? I’m going to have toast. I’m starving but I’d rather have toast.” Top marks if you can see where this conversation is heading. Biting my tongue, I pass the glucose monitor as the rage…

Almost moussaka

It’s been a crazy few months in our house – hence no blog posts for a while. Since June, we’ve managed to move house, move schools and start on the pump, so both cooking and blogging have taken a back seat. This recipe is the result of running out of time and discovering that shortcuts can be…

Is it rice or is it pasta?

“This is nice rice,” said Josh, the first time I served up a dish of Orzo. “Actually, it’s pasta,” I said. “No it’s not”, said Ollie. “It’s definitely rice”. “No, really, it’s pasta. It’s called Orzo. It just looks like rice.” “So it’s Rasta!” declared Josh. Orzo has endless possibilities and is brilliant as an…

Cook-ahead chicken & leek pie

One of the challenges with having a child with diabetes is making sure they’re getting the right amount of carbs when someone else is cooking for them. Whether you’re a working parent or not, you can’t always be around to cook every evening, and equally it’s not always fair or practical to expect a babysitter to carb-count….

Best burgers ever

“These are the only home-made burgers I’m going to eat from now on!” declared Ollie. “Mmm, so yummy!” added Josh. That was the verdict on this unbelievably easy and healthy recipe for pesto turkey burgers by the fabulous Waitrose. It’s from one of their recipe cards this month – I have stashes of them in a folder and they…

Spicy Sausage Jambalaya

Here’s a recipe that’s long been a family favourite, but I’d found it tricky to calculate the carbs by weight as rice, vegetables and sausages are all in one dish.  I’ve started using a brilliant new app that really helps to record your own favourite recipes and provide an accurate carb-count for them – Cook & Count Carbs….

Cauliflower cheese pancakes

I know Pancake Day has been and gone, but whenever we have pancakes, there are always cries of “we should have these more often!” Here’s a brilliant way of turning pancakes into a proper meal for any time, not just a pudding for Shrove Tuesday. It’s a surprising hit (especially as it’s meat-free) and turns…