My youngest and I are always on the lookout for yummy dairy free treats, but they are usually so expensive in the supermarkets that it’s cheaper for me to just make something at home. I haven’t had brownies in forever, and around that ‘special time of the month’ all I want is chocolate. The boy also craves cake, for which he would happily eat his own body weight of the stuff, and let’s face it a little chunk of brownie goes a long way with a 5 year old!
Now I have said it before and I will say it again, meal planning saves time and more importantly money! You can eat like kings on a relatively modest amount of money. The main reason you will save money on a weekly meal plan is because you aren’t having to think of a weeks worth of dinners whilst cruising the supermarket aisles, and you won’t have to make several further trips through the week to get the stuff you ‘forgot’.
I am the weirdo who likes to have everything laid out ready over Christmas. I even design a Christmas menu and print it out, and this year it even got laminated! I know, it’s quite sad sounding but I absolutely love doing it. And secretly I think everyone else likes it too.
So here is our Christmas Day menu, you may find inspiration from it or not, you may just be nosey (like me) and want to see what we will be eating, regardless enjoy!
Many moons ago my Mum gave me the Delia Smith Complete Cookery Course. Mainly because she was fed up with me pinching her copy! Regardless the book contains many recipes I have tried and loved for over two decades now. Gosh that’s weird to write! As I was flicking through I came across the recipe for the loveliest rich Christmas cake, and I have been making it ever since!
I remember watching an episode of Nigella Express where she did the most scrummy looking chicken, mushroom & bacon pie recipe, and I really wanted to give it a go. However i hadn’t got half the ingredients and so had to adjust the recipe to suit my limited pantry options. And so a family favourite was born – hearty chicken pie.
The dreaded ‘what’s for dinner?’ being asked multiple times a day probably gets on my nerves more than the incessant ‘Mum’ing I get the rest of the time. The constant brain block of what to do for dinner, the shopping list, the endless boredom of the same few meals every week because when you do have a spare couple of seconds to actually think about the week ahead all you can think of is fish fingers and chips, beans on toast and spaghetti Bolognese.
This is dairy free banana muffin recipe is used several times a month, especially when there are bananas left at the end of the week. They take a few minutes to whip up and make ideal snacks. You can use either butter or a dairy free alternative, I use Vitalite very successfully, the recipe works perfectly with either option.
Recently I bought a bread machine, in the hope that I could make fresh bread for my brood. The one thing I really wanted to try out was a decent dairy free fruit loaf as that’s my family’s favourite breakfast at the moment. Unfortunately our youngest can’t have the shop bought stuff as every fruit loaf I pick up contains milk, the joys of being dairy intolerant.