I’m always looking for quick & easy meals for the kids, especially ones which can be prepped ahead. I spotted these spicy bean wraps while having a nose around on the Vegetarian Society’s Website & thought the kids would love them. For a bit of variety I also made some carrot & hummus, and cream cheese & tomato ones too.
Strangely, neither DC1(5) or DC2 (3) were that keen on the bean ones, but luckily loved the other ones. I’ll definately be making them again though as DH & I really liked them all!
I just realised that I forgot to post a piccy of DC2’s birthday cake (it was ^only^ 5 months ago!)
DC2 adores Mini Mouse, so it seemed the obvious choice. DH did his usual thing of googling for an apropriate image, and making a couple of easy chocolate cakes.
After forming the right shape from the cakes, he cut out a piece of greaseproof paper the same size & shape as the cake, and copied the picture of Mini onto it. Using this as a guide, he rolled out and cut up the various coloured packs of ready-made icing he’d bought and then decorated the cake with them.
It always sounds so simple, but I seriously doubt I could do such a good job. Why not check out his efforts from previous years?
A few weeks later when I had enough bananas in the freezer, I discovered that the blitzing process is made a lot easier if you slice the bananas quite thinly before you freeze them, and let them thaw slightly before turning the processor on!
So far, we’ve had just plain banana, and some topped with chopped nuts & everyone has loved them – next time we’re going to try making lollies!
It’s at times like these that I wish I had a waffle maker. Then I remember what I PITA the machine I used to have was, and that I have no room in the kitchen cupboards for one, and that if I had one I wouldn’t be able to restrain myself & would be eating waffles all the bloody time!
So, we will stick to buying the shop bought ones occasionally. I spent a fortune on the fruit, but we had enough left over for fruit salad for tea. I was surprised that the only one who wanted the fromage frais. I think DH would have liked some maple syrup, but really, the sugar on the waffles was more than enough. The kids loved arranging the fruit too 🙂
It’s the same kind of things as the Frozen Berry Yogurt we all love, you just make it a couple of hours ahead & pop in the freezer. As expected, it was very easy to make & absolutely delicious. I only had plain yogurt, so added a tsp of vanilla essence to the mix.
The kids consume loads of dairy – if they had their way, every meal would have cheese on, would be accompanied by a large glass of milk and followed with some yogurt! So, we’ve been trying out a few non-dairy milks to see if we can swap out a bit of dairy.
If DH had his way we would be having coconut milk in everything (he loves this blueberry smoothie), but I thought that this week we would try oat milk in this raspberry smoothie and were pleased to find it tasted just as good as it looks!
I know… yet another smoothie recipe! The kids (& DH) are really loving having them (along side their pancakes) and I’m really enjoying trying out different ones to see what they like best.
Anyway, this weeks is a Raspberry & Vanilla one, the original recipe used Greek-style vanilla yogurt, but as the kids don’t like their smoothies too thick (and I couldn’t find any in the supermarket) we just used normal vanilla yogurt. I also couldn’t find any vanilla almond milk so just used plain almond milk, but I guess I could have just added a drop of vanilla essence.