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Gousto – The subscription service for busy foodies!

Well Hello! It’s been a while… Life got busy again! There never seems to enough hours in the day to do everything I’ve planned. Let’s be real here…I’m not the sort of girl to give up her sleep in favour of ticking something else off that never ending ‘to-do-list’. I am interested in anything that is going to save me time though. That’s why I decided to try out some recipe box services. The first Box I tried is Gousto box, and…… I am ridiculously impressed. Where has this been all my life? 


If you haven’t heard of Gousto box this is how it works. First up you sign up to a subscription service deciding whether you want a box for two or four people. Then you choose how many meals you want (up to four) when, and how often you want your meals delivered. Lastly you pick from a great selection of recipes and they send you everything you need straight to your front door. Simple!


My biggest concern about using this type of service was freshness. What happens if I’m not home? How does the raw meet keep from going bad throughout the delivery process? 

I was pleased to see that anything that needs to keep cool was packed into a wool cool biodegradable cool bag complete with Ice blocks. Everything was still cold so my concerns about the food spoiling was unnecessary.


The Ingredients themselves are all very fresh and of high quality. Where possible the items are delivered naked so packaging is kept to a minimum. How good does all that fresh food look? 

So far everything we have tried has been very tasty. Even my fussy youngest liked everything. The recipe cards are easy to follow and I love that everything is pre measured out for you. 

We are a family of five so ordered the four person box. The portion sizes are generous though so we have been able to stretch the meals to feed us all. Gousto do say on their website that they are adult portions and that a child wouldn’t necessarily require a full portion. 

Gousto box hasn’t removed the ‘having to cook’ element from my day, but it has completely simplified the process. No longer to I have to spend ages searching for interesting meals, making shopping lists and trying to source different ingredients. 

I have a diabetic son who has to carb count. This can often be tricky when cooking from scratch. All the nutritional information is listed on the recipe cards so this was actually really easy to work out. Another big time saver! 

The price of a Gousto box is structured depending on how many people you are ordering for And how many meals you choose. For us it works out as £47.75 which breaks down to £2.98 a portion. 

When you factor in the price of quality meat, 1 off ingredients, fuel costs, time saved and the removal of the ‘I can’t be bothered’ impulse take-away I feel that’s not a bad deal. 

If you wanted to try out Gousto for yourself this Link will get you your first two boxes half price. In the. Interest of disclosure I would also receive £15 credit to use on the website. 

For now I’ll leave you with some pictures of some of the tasty meals we have been enjoying. 




Pinterest v Real life – Sugar free Banana & Peanut Butter Icecream 

Who doesn’t love Icecream? Not many of you, I’m sure. What do you do though when your trying to be good and cut down on your sugar intake? All that shop bought stuff tastes great but it’s full of refined sugar.

I’m constantly scouring Pinterest for inspiration when it comes to finding exciting sugar free food. This is where I first came across Icecream made with banana. Ok it’s not strictly Icecream as there is no dairy in it but the end result claims to be a very satisfying frozen yet soft Icecream like desert minus all that sugar and dairy. The sweetness comes from the bananas.

Typically I have had many a failed attempt at things I’ve seen on Pinterest. Is that just me? It doesn’t stop me trying though. Game for an experiment I decided to give banana Icecream a go. I’m delighted as on this occasion it worked brilliantly.

It was super easy to make, and you don’t even need an ice cream making machine just a food processor.

Ingredients

4 bananas

1 tablespoon of crunchy no added sugar peanut butter.

2 teaspoons raw cacao powder.

To make your Icecream it is simple it just takes a little bit of planning and preparation.

Peel and slice the bananas and then freeze in a sealed bag.

 Once frozen empty into your food proccesor and pulse to start. I found pulsing works best to break down the initial solidness of the frozen banana otherwise my food processor developed a life off it’s own and moved across the counter. No one on Pinterest told me that would happen! Perhaps it’s just my food processor? Let’s just say it was an interesting experience. Anyway I digressed sorry!

Once your banana starts to break down you can safely switch to auto. You will need to stop and scrape down the banana with a spatula  every so often as it creeps up the sides.

Continue mixing until you have a creamy texture. Then add the rest of your ingredients and mix again until evenly combined.


Ta Dah!  Your done and can transfer into a freezable container to pop back into the freezer for a firmer texture.

This was a great hit with the kids especially as it’s suitable for my son who is diabetic and it totally counts towards 1 of your 5 a day. I’m going to have to experiment with different flavour combinations now.

So in terms of Pinterest v Real life this was a win. Not like my courgette  spaghetti but I’ll save that story for another day. I’m planning on doing a regular Pinterest v Real life feature on the blog as I quite often have some hilarious fails but also I occasionally surprise myself. What do you think?

Cereal Lovers – No added sugar cereal that actually tastes good!

As promised in Tuesday’s post, which was all about the bloggers food festival, I have a food brand discovery to share with you.

One of the brands I met were Cereal Lovers who were very generous In gifting me some samples of their full range of cereals.  
Now, your probably thinking this is just granola right? True, but where this brand of granola is different is that it is made with no added sugar. Any sugars that are present are from naturally occurring sugars in the fruit juices that are used to flavour them, not the usual sweeteners such as syrup and sugar.

Let me put this into some figures for you, a 30g serving of the blackcurrant and apple flavour contains 20g of carbohydrates of which 3.3g is sugar.

My son is a Type 1 diabetic so for him this is the perfect cereal.  With some natural yogurt and strawberries this makes a lovely balanced breakfast. As the cereal Is high in fibre and low in sugar it really helps to maintain even blood glucose levels.



I have tried this granola myself aswell and can honestly say that they do not compromise on taste. My favourite flavour is the simply orange granola, it is really tangy.

As they are so tasty these granola can be enjoyed by anyone who wants a healthier breakfast alternative not just if you have to watch your sugar intake.

You can purchase these cereals directly from the cereal lovers website. Priced at £3.95 for 400g. Ok I won’t lie, this is a bit pricier than other granola but I’m happy to pay this for my sons  special dietary needs.

Do you like Granola? Is reducing your sugar intake important to you?

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Cajun Spiced Parnsip & Courgette Crisps

Who doesn’t love a packet of crisps? I hold my hand up, I’m an absolute bugger when it comes to salty fatty snacks. In search of a healthy alternative I came across how to make your own vegetable crisps. Oh and Guess what, they are easy and very moreish.

I have twigged the original recipie to suit my own personal taste, I like a bit of spice, especially with the parsnips.

To make these all you do is use a vegetable peeler to create thin slices of your chosen vegetable.

Lay your slices out on a baking tray. Here’s a little tip got you, these work better if they are flat and not overlapping.

Lightly brush each slice with olive oil and then sprinkle lightly with Cajun pepper and sea salt.

Pop in the oven at 120 degrees c for approx 1 1/2 – 2hrs. They are ready when the slices of vegetable have crisped and turned a golden colour.


These will last a couple of days in an airtight container, though ours didn’t make it that far, whoops!

Have you any suggestions for other seasonings? I’m thinking a bit of cider vinegar once cooked.

Diabetic friendly nutty cacao bites recipie 

Hi, guys! 

  I haven’t shared a food post on the blog for a little while,and to be honest with you was hesitant about sharing this one. There have been a fair few cocao ball posts out there and I didn’t want to be jumping on the band wagon. Having had a go out making our own version, with my diabetic son and to great success I decided that actually I am going to share our recipie as I thought it would be helpful to other parents. 

  

As the parent of a Type 1 Diabetic it can be very hard some times finding food that satisfy’s a child’s urge to eat sweet foods. Whislt it’s ok for a diabetic to have the odd naughty treat occasionally , it’s still handy to have a range of no added sugar treats up you sleeve. These little balls of goodness have done the job perfectly. 

This quantity made 12 balls, if you are a carb counter each ball has a carb content of 8. 

  Ingredients – 

100g ready to eat dates

25g banana chips

30g almonds 

30g hazelnuts

100g desiccated coconut

15g Cacao Powder 

30g pure coconut oil

In a blender/food processor combine all the ingredients except the coconut oil. Once this has broken down into a breadcrumb like texture knock out into a bowl. 

Melt your coconut oil in a microwave in 10 second bursts being careful not to burn it. Add this to your mixture and give it a good stir. You can then use your hands to shape it into 12 balls. 

  Pop them in the fridge to set slightly and enjoy. We had these as an after dinner pudding. 

As you can see Harrison was very pleased with his homemade treats, best of all there is no added sugar or artificial sweeteners.

My other kids, without Diabetes loved them too. 


Do you have any handy sugar free recipies? Do leave me your links to any you have. 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂 

Sneaky veggie intake – tropical green smoothie 

Hi guys! So today your getting two posts, as I’m a mouthy so and so today, and seem to have lots to say. That and they are both relatively short posts, so I thought ‘why the heck not?’ Any hoo, I wanted to share this smoothie receipe with you, as it tasted great aswell as a great way to sneakily up the kids (and mine, hangs head in shame) veggie intake. 



What you’ll need:

1 large banana 

2 Kiwis 

10 green grapes

Large handful of Kale.

1 pot of mango chunks in juice – I have  used a handy del monte pot I have on standby in my store cupboard. A bonus is that it already includes the juice element I like to include. 

This will make either 2 smoothies or 4 smaller ones for kids. 

If a berry flavour is more your thing then check out this smoothie recipe from a previous post Here. I’ve  even gone to the lengths of telling my younger kids that this is green turtle juice, since they watched the TNT movie (Teenage Mutant Turtles to 80’s kids). I promise you though no turtles were harmed in the making of this post. Ha! I go to some lengths to get kids to eat the good stuff. 

Have you any crafty ways of including extra veggies to kids, or even for yourself? 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂