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…

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,…

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…

Turkey chilli con carne

I would never have thought to use turkey mince for, well, anything until a few months ago.  But it’s my new discovery as an all-round healthy, low fat ingredient and the kids really haven’t noticed any difference between this and beef. The boys also love the other healthy protein in this dish – kidney beans,…

Buckwheat breakfast pancakes

What better way to start my new blog than with breakfast. And one of our favourite breakfasts in our family is pancakes. Not so much the doughy, thick American or Scotch ones, but the thin, crispy, crepe kind with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of sugar.  These pancakes, made with a mix of…