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…

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,…

Cinnamon Banana Bread

Ever pack your kids off to school or sport with a nice healthy banana, only to find it lurking, soft and blackened, at the bottom of the kit bag a couple of days later? Well, banana bread was clearly invented with the sole purpose of giving them new life. So after finding four bananas at death’s door…

Elly’s cookies vs Millie’s cookies: the snack battle continues

“Can we go to Millie’s Cookies?” asked the boys, when we in the midst of school shoe shopping hell. “Er, no,” I said. “They’re greasy, sugary and expensive.” “But they’re soooo good” pleaded the boys. “I’ll tell you what. When we get home I’ll bake some cookies, and you can have those.” Compromise agreed. I’ve…

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…

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…

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…

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….