Mindful chef recipe boxes: review

Eating healthily always seems like such a good idea. Cooking from scratch and using fresh ingredients. Eating more vegetables and avoiding processed food. But then, you realise there are a few things you need from the shop and you’re short of time. So, it’s much easier to grab something quick. Pizza, pasta. Oodles of carbs. And the cycle of eating mindlessly continues. In 2015, Mindful Chef set out to change all this. They deliver all the ingredients you need to follow the recipes you choose. All healthy, fresh and high quality food. About Mindful Chef Mindful chef describe themselves as…

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10 things I learnt from Veganuary

This is a collaborative post. Having been vegetarian since childhood, I always wondered whether to go vegan. Eventually, I decided to take part in Veganuary. I started with some trepidation. Wouldn’t I miss eggs and cheese? Well as it turns out, I didn’t miss much at all. Here are the 10 things I learnt from Veganuary. It’s not that difficult I haven’t really felt that comfortable with the dairy industry for years. I stopped using milk because I didn’t like it, but struggled to cut down on cheese. Free range was a good compromise when it came to eggs. But the fact that chickens…

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Pik-Nik cheese sticks and dealing with mum guilt

Parenting is an eternal battle between doing your best and the guilt of feeling that it’s not enough. That doesn’t stop in the summer holidays, if anything it just gets worse. This week’s dilemma was whether to send Libby to holiday club when I didn’t need childcare. In the end, I handed the decision to her and asked her if she wanted to go. The answer was a resounding “yes, and can I have a packed lunch?” Thankfully, Pik-Nik cheese sticks were on hand to help out. Packed lunches with Pik-Nik cheese sticks Libby’s school is incredible in many ways,…

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An indoor picnic with Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes

This is a paid collaborative post.  Lia has been desperate for a picnic all week, but the weather and work have conspired against us. So yesterday, I was determined to do something about it. Despite the rain, I made up an indoor picnic. Complete with picnic basket and picnic blanket. I also made a fabulous potato salad with Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes and natural yoghurt instead of mayonnaise. Potato salad recipe When I was younger, I disliked mayonnaise. These days, I quite like it on some things but still much prefer natural yoghurt in potato salad. It makes a…

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The health food or pizza conundrum

This is a collaborative post.  Lunchtime, and a dilemma. What I want to eat and what I should eat are rarely the same thing. I’m often on my own, so I grab something quick. On a good day, that might be some salad and couscous. On a bad day it’s crisps, sandwiches, fried stuff – all the bad food I can get my hands on. Introducing the Pizza Express Leggera pizza For lunch today, I tried out the Pizza Express Leggera pizza, available to buy from Waitrose and cook at home. These were created to be both light and tasty. And…

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