Chocolate & courgette loaf cake

At the risk of becoming a crazy lady who hides vegetables in everything (see last week’s hidden kale smoothie, and my previous post for carrot & pineapple muffins), this week it’s the turn of courgettes (zucchini) in chocolate cake. I’ve also cut the sugar a little by using fruit syrup, and the courgettes help it stay moist without…

Joining the juice gang

I know, I’m a little late to the juicing party. But I’ve just been given a Nutribullet for my birthday, and I haven’t been this excited since, hmm, since I got a Nespresso machine. The last thing the internet needs is another blog about the virtues of juicing, but I just have to say, I…

Mum vs the tuck shop: let the snack battle commence

I remember reading a parenting book when the boys were tiny (way before diabetes came into our lives) where a mum had asked the author how to stop her children from eating so many chocolate biscuits. The answer was simple: stop buying chocolate biscuits.  And while they’re little, it’s easy enough to follow. As a parent…

The 5:2 diet? Try the 24/7

It feels a long time now since the rush of new year’s resolutions. Back in January, a whole bunch of my friends and colleagues jumped on the latest bandwagon, as they do every year, to go sugar-free, carb-free, dairy-free or, with the 5:2 fasting diet, pretty much food-free. Did they last? No. Do they look much fitter, healthier,…

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…

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…

Apple and blackberry wholemeal muffins

I’ve always loved baking with the kids, but even before the diabetes diagnosis, I wasn’t a big fan of the whole elaborate cupcake thing.  I’ve always preferred the cake itself to the icing, and vast swirls of novelty sugar and butter frosting are now even less appealing.  But let’s face it, cakes are yummy, and…