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Thermomix Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Chickpea Cookies

These are a big hit in our house for old and young alike. There are so many recipes similar to this floating around these days. For good reason. I use 51% cocoa choc chips as a good compromise between the palates of the family and these are close to healthy treat. 56 calories each Chocolate […]

No Food Waste. Filo Fruit Tarts

We go through a lot of fruit in this house. All that tends to be left in the fruit bowl by the end of the week is the odd item that is slightly bruised and the kids were too lazy to cut the bruise out of and eat. This week I had 2 apples, 2 […]

5:2 Fast Day work lunch. Microwave tomato and spinach ‘baked’ egg

This is a ripper for a fast day that can be thrown together super quickly. You can vary the spices for a range of different flavours too. Microwave tomato and spinach ‘baked’ egg 1/2 can crushed tomatoes (57 calories) 2 cubes frozen spinach (or a couple of handfuls of fresh) (10 calories) 1 egg (75 […]

5:2 Food for the Family. Roasted tomato, spinach and yoghurt pasta sauce.

The 5:2 lifestyle comes in a range of varieties. The original was 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men on 2 non-consecutive fast days a week. Dr. Michael Mosley has recently revised this to 800 calories as almost as effective and more achievable for some people. There is also a potential split between […]

5:2 Food for the Family. Tuna Bean Salad with Pita Chips

Well it has been awhile. It feels like the blink of an eye but it is almost three years since I last posted. That’s life in the fast lane for you. Working full time (and then some), running a household, raising a couple of teenager/almost teenager beasties and study leaves very little time for blogging. […]

Flavours of Vietnam: The Pho Cocktail

I greeted Friday evening with a much greater sigh of relief than is usual this week. It hasn’t been a bad week, just a busy one. Plus it was the Bread Winner’s birthday and I’d had to stand him up for lunch which I felt dreadful about. Such is the crazy world of education. All […]