The aim of this blog is to help you find a recipe to suit your needs, maybe you are short on time or perhaps you’re not very comfortable in the kitchen and want something easy; could it be that you’re trying to get your family to eat a bit more healthily or that this month is way too long and you need some cheap recipes. To help you choose the recipe that is right for you we’ve categorised them according to time, healthiness, ease and cost.
The “time” category is divided into:
- “Quick”: for us this category corresponds to less than 20 minutes from start to finish,
- “Medium time”: it is 20-40 minutes from start to finish,
- “Time-consuming”: it takes longer than 40 minutes from start to finish.
Depending on your own level this may take you more or less time than us, and this should just be used as a guideline.
Bear in mind that the time category calculates from start to finish, so it may be that a time-consuming recipe is 10 minutes’ preparation time but 40 minutes’ cooking time.
The “healthiness” category is divided into:
- “Medium healthy”
- “Blow the diet”
Where we refer to healthy recipes it is not an indicator of calorie content, but whether the meal is balanced, for example avocado is as fatty as the same weight of chips, however on this blog avocadoes would be classed as healthy and chips would be classed as unhealthy. This is not a diet blog, with calorie counting, it is a food blog for families, and we believe that a healthy diet for adults and children is one that is balanced, with full fat and full sugar ingredients used within moderation; low fat foods tend to be high in sugar, and low sugar ones are compensated with extra salt, often with artificial ingredients such as aspartame, none of which is good for us and especially not for children and babies.
We have split the “ease” category into 3 levels:
- “Beginner”: assumes that you have rarely or never cooked before so these recipes will assume you have little to no knowledge of cooking,
- “Intermediate level”: is for someone who cooks from time to time, who knows the basics, but still has to follow recipes to the letter,
- “Expert”: is for those able to cook easily who may tweak recipes whilst cooking, you know the cooking terms, need little instruction and can cook complex dishes.
The “cost” category is split into:
- “Medium cost”
We are a family with two children and like to eat well, using quality ingredients, but we don’t have a huge budget to spend on food. Whilst we haven’t put exact costs down, as it depends where you shop and whether you buy supermarket value products or high-end brand versions, we have categorised each recipe to give you an idea of whether this is a “start of the month we’ve just been paid” recipe, “end of the month we’ve got to scrape by another week with no money left” recipe or if it’s full on birthday/anniversary treat time.
Each recipe (unless otherwise stated) is for 6 adult portions, which for us is 2 x adult portions and 2 x child portions for 2 days. If you only want to make it for 2 people, or you’re having a big dinner party then just adjust the quantities accordingly.
When you have tried a recipe do come back and give it a star rating and comment on how it worked for you, did the kids love it? Did you substitute one ingredient for another? Did you cook it a slightly different way? How might you improve it for others? Or simply to tell us that you loved it!