28 Aug

Lunchbox Tips

I can safely say that I’ve literally made hundreds of school lunches over the years and I’ve hundreds more to make.

If you’ve got a child starting school this year or if you are looking to freshen up your lunchboxes, here are my top, tried and tested, tips for packing a lunchbox: Read More

12 Oct

Chicken Noodle Bowl Recipe

I’m a huge fan of roast chicken dinners. Obviously they are a family-friendly meal and I’ve yet to have a day where one of the family turns up their nose to a roast dinner.  One of the reasons why they’re a favourite is because a roast chicken is so thrifty. Once we’re finished our meal, I strip any remaining chicken meat from the carcass and use it to make at least one other meal.

The beauty of this noodle bowl is that you can make it a day in advance and it keeps well in the fridge if you’re preparing in advance of a day’s training. With the new recommendations that you should be eating 7 portions of fruit and vegetables per day, this bowl has you covered for at least a 3 if not 4 portions. Read More

06 Aug

Wholemeal Honey Buns Recipe

The beauty of this recipe is that, once made, the buns will freeze for up to a month in advance. They are perfect for lunchboxes as they contain no refined sugar and also no nuts (just in case your school has a nut-ban). By adding wholemeal flour and oats, the buns are low-GI which will prevent dreaded sugar spikes. If you’re a teacher with a class of over 30 pupils, sugar spikes and subsequent crashes, are your enemy.

If you decided to make muffins instead you’d get 12 from this recipe but I prefer to make buns. We always ate buns in our house when we were growing up, not massive muffins so I’ve gone back to the traditional size. The regular bun is just the right size for a lunchbox or after school treat anyway.

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01 Sep

Blueberry Muffins Recipe

As the elder lemon in the family (who is studying for her Leaving Cert this year) started back to school over a week ago, it doesn’t feel like the 1st of September at all. It feels like we are already hurtling through the school year towards Hallowe’en! Still today marked the start of term for many Irish students and I’m back with a recipe for blueberry muffins that all my family love.

Wholemeal flour gives these blueberry muffins a lovely crunchy texture. The blueberries, paired with the crumbly oats on top make for snack perfection. Don’t be limited by blueberries though, use whatever fresh or frozen fruit you have to hand. My kids love these muffins made with over-ripe bananas, which is a great way to use up fruit that might seem past its best. Read More

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