Pumpkin Spice (Pancakes!) & All Things Nice

We're loving Autumn here at Clean Little Tummies. Yes, we are without a proper kitchen. Yes, we don't have a floor, and yes, our fridge is in the garage. But how can we not get excited by all the gorgeous Autumn feels that are around? The colours, smells and sounds get me every year - how is it all so beautiful? Walking to school every day, crunching through the leaves is one of my favourite sounds. And, of course, all the pumpkins that are everywhere. Is there an Instagram feed without a little white pumpkin going on? I don't think so. 

Clean Little Lunchboxes

For those of you who follow me on Instagram you will know that we are in the midst of kitchen (& house) renovations and even though some of my daily cooking has to be compromised the one thing that can't be is lunch boxes! Whilst I do love cooking and preparing food for my family I do find lunch boxes a chore and I love seeing new ideas. I like them to be healthy but easy.  I usually do them either when I'm preparing dinner the night before or when I preparing breakfast so it is always a busy time. I try to mix it up as much as I can with some simple ideas to fill them up for their afternoons and I thought I would share some of my lunchbox ideas with you.

Coconut Maple Kale Chips

Hello September! Another summer done, another Autumn to look forward to. With back to school in full swing, I'm back to packing after school snacks! I thought this week I would share one of my latest Clean Little Tummies snacks with you. It is an easy snack, takes only 15 minutes to prepare, and has been a winner here for the first week of term (and I am pretty partial to them too!) 

Get Ready for Summer Holidays

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.

Summer Sunshiney Smoothies

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.

Let's talk about salads

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.

Tropical Lollies

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!)

Chocolate Pancakes Fit For a Father!

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.

A Happy Mummy with the Inspiring Mummy Club

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. 

Summer picnics with summer vegetable fritters

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.

Strawberry-topped Summer Ice Lollies

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.

Simple Baked Risotto

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!