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….

Very Berry smoothies

The sun’s out, it’s a gorgeous day, and although it’s only March, I thought I’d make summery smoothies for snack-time. These are just delicious and perfect for blitzing any lingering winter colds and boosting your vitamin intake. We’re aiming to keep to 20g carb snacks between meals, and I managed to measure these to make…

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…

Mid-week lasagne

I’ve come to realise that there’s cookery book life, and there’s real life. In cookery book life, I’d be slowly simmering a pork and beef ragu, while whisking a home-made bechamel, and pre-soaking lasagne sheets.  While that’s definitely the route to the perfect lasagne, it’s hard to fit in to real life. It’s easy to…

Sweet potato & butternut cottage pie

I’ve been making cottage pie ever since the kids were born, as one of those failsafe staples that you just churn out without much thought. However, this month I used sweet potato and butternut squash, along with ordinary potato in the mash, to try and lower the GI.  I was inspired by a recipe on…

Scrummy Singapore Noodles

There’s nothing more satisfying than a steaming, flavour-packed, colourful bowl of noodles, but with both peanut and sesame allergies in the family, a trip to the local takeaway would be a bit like a game of Russian Roulette. So this is a version of Singapore Noodles that’s not only great for diabetics (all your carbs,…

Delicious diabetic-friendly pizza

  Early on after diagnosis, I was warned about the ‘pizza spike’ in blood sugar levels.  Even if the carb-count is within range, many diabetics seem to struggle with pizza, and we were no exception. Tough when you’re 10 years old and it’s pretty much your favourite food.  So this has to be my best…