As I write, we are in the last full week of school here in the UK, with six long weeks stretching out in front of us. I think every Mum (& Dad) in the country is filled with excitement - and terror. How lovely it will be to not do the school run for six weeks, constantly giving them time deadlines, 'hurry up we're going to be late, the bell has gone, come on...', and giving them some freedom to play and just be children. The flip side, of course, is less appealing: Sibling arguments, whinging when they don't get to do exactly what they want, and the constant need for food, snacks, picnics... and more snacks.
We are in the middle of renovations this week so things have been busy here in the Clean Little Tummies household. And just as I felt like everything was falling apart, and it was all storms-and-darkness, pineapples appeared at our local market! Such a sunshiney, tropical fruit, and we've had the sunshine to match recently. This led me to think about some tropical flavoured smoothies and - in between walls being knocked down- I've managed to rustle up a little favourite of ours.
A really quick and tasty alternative to the sugar-laden jams around, Strawberry Chia Jam is made in minutes and is perfect on toast, in porridge or drizzled over pancakes. With only 4 simple ingredients you simply can't go wrong.
I love this time of year. The weather is warmer, the days brighter and longer and, best of all, our local pick-your-own farm opens its gates for strawberry picking! (And other berry delights, but on this day our focus was on strawberries!)
Can we talk about salads please? Do your children eat salads? Do you eat salad? Or does the word "salad" make you think of limp green lettuce, a sad-looking tomato and a slice of cucumber? Well, if it does, I'm here to change your attitude to salads and brighten up your salad outlook.
Our last batch of Summer Ice Lollies were such a hit with all of you, it got me thinking of more ways to cool off on those long, hot summer days. Being so hot, no one wants to spend longer in the kitchen than they have to, so for me summer is more about blitzing than baking. Enter the Tropical lollies! They are super simple, with only three ingredients, and naturally sweet and refreshing. (Just make sure you make a big batch, as they'll be back for more!)
With father's Day fast approaching, it is time to think about how we will treat our lovely, kind Daddy here at Clean Little Tummies. Daddy is often the bottom of the pile, but on Father's day we have chance to say thank you for all he does for us. Breakfast is a lovely way to spoil any deserving Daddy - and we have just the recipe for you (and him)! A clean, healthy recipe that tastes just as good as the real deal, tried and tested here at Clean Little Tummies, these pancakes will not disappoint.
The Inspiring Mummy Club is 'a members club which provides positivity, support, and personal development tools and techniques to enable mums to reclaim some time for themselves, so they can focus on their dreams, their ambitions and their sense of self' So when they got in touch to ask if I would like to feature on their blog page I jumped at the chance. It was a really great interview to do as it really made me reflect on my life as a mum and indeed what makes a Happy Mummy! I thought I would share my interview with you so you can learn a little bit more about me and my inspiration behind Clean Little Tummies Happy Mummies.
When summer finally arrives one of our favourite things to do here at Clean Little Tummies is head out for picnics. I think almost every day of the summer holidays last year had some sort of picnic in it. One of the best things about the long summer evenings is packing a picnic tea and heading off into the countryside for a chilled picnic tea (on days when the social lives of 3 children allows it of course!) Picnic or not Clean Little Tummies still need feeding wholesome goodness and these gorgeous golden fritters are a perfect lunchbox/teabox filler.
I first came up with this recipe when we were enjoying the first days of beautiful British spring. The sun was out, and so was the garden furniture and the barbecue. But, since then the weather has felt more like November again! Ever the optimist, I hope that by sharing this recipe the sun will come out and you will be in need of some coolness for your Clean Little Tummies.
Alright, hands up who loves a cookie? Perhaps a better question: Who doesn't love a cookie? A soft, chewy, sweet biscuit is the perfect pick-me-up for any tired Mummy, but - with the right twists of course- it can be perfect for active little children, too.
Sometimes the simplest of suppers are the best kind of suppers, don't you think? And for me and my clean little tummies, there's no supper quite like a bowl of homemade sweet potato fries to give you that simple, "food hug" feeling at the end of a long day.
The thought of risotto conjures cosy images of a warm bowl of rice filled with yummy flavours...but also the pain of standing at the stove for at least half an hour stirring and adding ingredients! Not an ideal, child-friendly dinner option, especially if you have an 18-month old, like me, who hangs around your legs opening every drawer and cupboard possible in the kitchen... Unless of course you do a baked risotto. I know, who would have thought it? A creamy rice dish full of flavours you and your clean little tummies like, all in one dish, and thrown in the oven!
Easter is a lovely time of the year, isn't it? The weather is warmer, there's lots of Spring flowers everywhere, and we all seem to emerge from the hibernation of winter with a fresh feeling, ready to embrace the coming months.
Here at Clean Little Tummies it's safe to say we're big fans of energy bites and balls! At any given moment we have a variety on the go at home, each featuring different nuts and flavours, some bought, some home made. They make such a delicious and nutritious mid-morning snack or after-school pick me up. One of our favourite flavours is the "cashew bar" - there are some yummy ones on the market, but we've recently become fans of the nibbles from the lovely people at Nakd. But after slowly accumulating a few too many Nakd wrappers, I started thinking... we could always create our own mini version, in the true essence of Clean Little Tummies! (And save the costs, and the packaging!)
Nuts! I am nuts about nuts! I love snacking on nuts, nut butters are my little slice of heaven on apples and they pack a punch in a morning smoothie that will keep you full and not hangry all morning. But truth be told my Clean Little Tummies don't share my love of nuts. Nut butters are passable, cashew nuts win too but other than that nibbling on nuts is not their thing. Unless they're mixed up in this trail mix of mine.
I love when a recipe comes together out of leftovers; there is simply nothing that makes a mum happier than a delicious dish that appears out of thin air. This, I'm delighted to say, is exactly how we came to make our Pesto Crumb Fish Cakes this week. We had some leftover mash potato, some leftover pesto breadcrumbs from our Tomato Mozarella & Pesto Chicken and, after popping a couple of extra salmon fillets into cook with the salmon we were having for dinner the night before, all our ingredients (bar a dash of lemon juice and zest) were ready to go!