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…

Back to school curry

After a couple of months of no timetables and long, lazy suppers, it’s back to school tomorrow and time to dig out some quick and easy midweek meals again. This one’s also a perfect student dinner, so if you’re heading off to uni this Autumn and want a cheap, simple, carb-counted curry, here you go. “Chickpeas!…

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…

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…

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…