Muffin Omelettes perfect for pack lunches

Muffin Omelettes are made in a muffin tray making them the perfect size for pack lunches and picnics.  I use two chicks egg whites as they make omelettes taste very light and fluffy.

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You will need:

  • A silicone muffin tray
  • 200ml two chicks egg whites
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • grated cheese
  • Omelette fillings – we used bacon lardons, chopped cherry tomatoes, half of chopped garlic, 1 spring onion sliced
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven at 180
  • Mix the Egg whites and the milk together adding in some salt and pepper to taste. At this point you could add any herbs that you would like.
  • Add in your omelette ingredients to the muffin tray cases.
  • Top with some grated cheese

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  • Pour on the egg mixture, to just near the top.

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  • Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes, keeping an eye on them as they cook. You want them to be a little brown on top. I used my top oven so it took a little longer

Et Voila!

Cute little omelettes that are very fluffy and tasty.

 

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Cooking The Old El Paso Way #review

Bring a little mexican into your kitchen.

The family loves a bit of spice, my boys are gradually becoming to welcome a little spicy flavouring to their taste buds. In almost everything that I cook, I always add a little herb and spice and I can see how much it has made an impact on my boys choice of foods that they like to eat. The youngest will eat almost anything, the middle boy is kind of getting used to eating flavoursome food as long as he can have a glass of milk with it and the eldest is becoming very adventurous with his food and likes to experiment tasting different kinds, a favourite of his being Mexican food.

We was recently sent a box of Old El Paso food to try out in the kitchen. My eldest was son was quite excited about the box as he loves to taste new food but also his favourite meal has got to be fajitas.

We received two packets of seasoning mix for Fajitas, one spice mix for roasted tomato and pepper and the other one was a smoky bbq seasoning mix. We used them along with a pack soft flour tortillas.

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Recipe:

  • 500g chicken
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • spice mix for roasted tomato & pepper/smoky bbq seasoning mix

The fajitas are simple to make and the instructions on the packs are easy to follow, they are ready to serve in 15 minutes. The roasted tomato mix has been labeled as a medium spice and the smoky bbq has a mild spice, so i decided to give the bbq flavoured fajita to the youngest of my boys. My boys thought that it was too spicy for them and would only eat the tortilla.

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I tasted both and I must say that there wasn’t much difference in the spiciness, but they were both very tasty and didn’t have a floury packet taste to them. The flavours are strong, fiery and tantalising. We added some sour cream to them to cool the taste down a bit.

Next up was Enchiladas the Old El Paso way

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Recipe:

  • 400g chicken strips
  • enchilada sauce
  • 150g cheese
  • tortillas

Another easy and simple to follow recipe, ready to serve in 25-30 minutes. After cooking the chicken strips in a little oil in a hot pan, add half of the enchilada sauce and half of the cheese, mix until the cheese melts. Spoon some filling into the middle of tortilla, wrap them up and place them fold down into a baking dish. Pour over the remaining sauce and top with the rest of the cheese. With the mild spice to it they were perfect for my boys, I served them up with cous cous stuffed peppers and a side salad. This recipe is quite cheesy, with 75g added into the sauce and 75g added onto the top of the tortillas before cooking in the oven.

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The enchiladas were lovely and crispy on top and the filling was juicy and sweet.

We also made a Chilli using a packet of spice mix. I normally make my chilli dish using spices such as chilli, paprika, cumin and coriander but this packet contains all of the previous spices plus more.

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Recipe:

  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • old el paso chilli spice mix
  • 1 onion
  • 500g minced beef
  • 400g kidney beans

Once the onion is browned in a pan, add the spice mix and stir. Pour in the tomatoes and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the kidney bean heat through and it is ready to serve, as simple as that! This chilli is really tasty, very flavoursome with a little kick. All of my boys loved this recipe and was their favourite out of all 3. It is packed with rich, deep flavours. I served mine up with a little rice in a stand ‘n’ serve tortilla, the children loved it.

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We have really enjoyed bringing a little mexican into our lives and tasting all of the different flavours.

We was provided with some packets of food for the purpose of this post. All words and photos are my own.

 

 

 

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CSMA challenge: Crispy bacon, houmous and cheese topped Pork chops #newthings

This week our challenge set by CSMA was to try a new food, well I have been a bit lazy on the blog from what with returning to work and the children going back to school and I have found it difficult to get back into a routine. I left it too late to do a shop (I had something extravagant to try out) but instead I had to result with trying out anew recipe with what i had left in the fridge/cupboards. I guess that is just normal life!

This is week 3 of 4 for the CSMA challenge, last week it was Try out a new game, which we wrote about Balloon Pop and the week before it was to visit a new place, we went to London and done a Harry Potter tour.

My family love to try new food and don’t shy away with tasting something that is new to them, anything to tickle their taste buds. The boys get quite excited when they are served up a new recipe to try. I have always taught them to taste it first before complaining that they don’t like it as sometimes you can be pleasantly surprised at how something tastes as to what it looks like. The youngest loves his seafood, with his favourite being mussels from the shell and The eldest is beginning to enjoy eating lots more spicy food and has even started to be adventurous in cooking them

A well-balanced diet, Eating a variety of food is good for our health. Each week we try to introduce a new food into the house, wether it be a new spice, new recipe or a new fruit to try. The children now like to pick out foods at the supermarket and ask me if we can try it at home, i like to encourage this and when we are cooking it I get them to watch and help out.

Unfortunately this week we wasn’t so adventurous with our food but it was still a new recipe to try.

Pork chops Pizza

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Ingredients:

Pork chop medallions

Tomato Puree

Half a small onion chopped finely

2 garlic cloves

6 slices Bacon chopped and cubed (remove the rind)

houmous

Grated cheese

Oliver oil

Mixed herbs

Method:

  • Place the chops under the grill until the pinkness has gone, and turn over for a few minutes.
  • Fry off the onions adding the garlic and bacon in some olive oil until the bacon is nice and crispy
  • Once one side of the chops are cooked and the other side has lost its pinkness, spread some tomato puree over them adding a big dollop of houmous and place back under the grill for a minute.
  • Top the chops with the bacon mixture and add some of the cheese on top, place back under the grill until the cheese melts
  • Repeat the last instructions
  • Take out of the grill and plate it up adding some more of the bacon on top and some mixed herbs

Serve with baby potatoes and greens

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We used caramised onion houmous and make sure you are generous with it, it gives a smoothness to the taste.

Hope you enjoy.

If you looking for inspiration on new recipes why not take a look at Boundless Things To do page for some recipe ideas on a budget

FAMILY



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Making Sushi at home

Do you like sushi?

Sushi is so easy to make, not only is it healthy but is also very tasty. Sushi doesn’t have to have fish inside the rolls, you can use a selection of salad, vegetables or just rice on its own. They are ideal for pack lunches or picnics.

TO MAKE SUSHI YOU WILL NEED:

  • Sushi rice
  • Nori Sushi sheets (roasted seaweed)
  • Sliced long strips of  peppers
  • Prawns
  • Seafood sticks
  • Sliced strips of cucumber
  • Sliced strips of spring onion
  • Tuna
  • Sliced carrots
  • sliced strips of salmon
  • Rice vinegar

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You will need a sushi bamboo rolling mat, all supermarkets stock these and only cost about £1-£2

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Boil the rice as per the instructions on the packet. The rice will need to be rinsed before cooked. Bring the rice to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes, turn off the heat and leave for 25-30 minutes with  a lid on the pan. Once cooled down you can season the rice with rice vinegar by folding it into the rice.
  • Place a sheet of Nori onto the bamboo mat
  • Spread out the cooked rice evenly onto the Nori, leaving a 1cm gap at the top and bottom, this is to seal it when rolling. Make sure that the rice is a thin layer as it will roll easier. TIP keep a small bowl of water near by as your finger will get sticky from the rice when touching it.
  • Place the fillings of your choice on the rice in a line across ways, remember you have to roll it so don’t put too much in

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  • Begin rolling the Nori away from you, using the mat to press the roll firmly, this takes a bit of practice but after the third roll we had it spot on. Roll the mat all the way round the Nori and press down firmly all the away along, this compresses the roll and helps to keep the shape. I taught my 11 year old how to do it an dhe found it quite easy

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  • Now you should have a long sausage shape which you can cut along evenly (about 1-2cm) to produce your sushi

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  • Serve with sliced ginger, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce or if you like it spicy, wasabi sauce

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  • The boys really enjoyed trying to eat their sushi with chopsticks, even the little one had a go

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Our sushi went down well and was all gone in no time. We used one whole pack of rice and Nori sheets and it fed five of us.

Why don’t you give it a go, Hope you enjoy 🙂

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Cooking with Children

Move over Jamie Oliver! Jak Wright is cooking up a storm in the kitchen!

Ever since I can remember my eldest, Jak, has enjoyed baking cakes with me and just recently, as he his 10, I have allowed him to do his own baking. He has come up with some lovely tasty ideas and I must admit they have all been really nice.

Whenever I am in the kitchen and the boys can hear the scales coming out from the cupboard and the bowl being placed on the side they come running in to offer their help, Joseph enjoys doing the mixing and Jak cracks the eggs and does the measuring. Once the mixture is all mixed up, they attempt to place it into the cake cases (I say attempt as the side gets more of the mixture than the cases do lol) Once all in the cases I take over and place them into the oven and when they are done I take them out, then the fun begins! As the cakes cool the boys come up with ideas on how to decorate them, some of their ideas have been almond buttercream, green peppermint icing, Squirty cream with bananas and coffee cream. Once they have done their topping they then have lots of fun putting hundreds and thousands or sweets on top.

I really enjoy the time that we spend together in the kitchen, I used to worry the fact that I had all boys that they wouldn’t want to bake with me saying that its too girly, but not my boys, they love it!

Jak enjoys baking that much that I have bought him his own cook book ‘Annabel’s kitchen’ which has simple step by step instructions on how to cook food from around the world in a fun and easy way.

Cooking with your children should be fun and enjoyable and it should be a skill that all children should learn. I remember the days when I used to help my mum in the kitchen and how much I enjoyed spending time with her teaching me the basics of baking a banana cake or helping her prepare the dinner, I remember feeling close to my mum and enjoying that special time we had together, this is something that I want my children to remember about our time together too!

So far Jak has cooked a Fruity Chicken Korma served with Naan Bread with Sultanas

Cooking his Korma
Cooking his Korma

 

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Krispie Chicken Nuggets – Marinated chicken coated in crushed rice krispies.

Coating the chicken with Rice Krispies
Coating the chicken with Rice Krispies

 

The end result
The end result

 

I love how Jak just grabs his cookbook and heads to the kitchen, he does all the preparation himself (This may take him a long time but its worth it) but he needs help with the oven for obvious reasons!

 

Do your children like to cook/bake? What’s their favourite recipe to do?

 

Thank you for reading my post 🙂

 

 

 

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