All in Breakfast and brunch
Growing up in France, my paternal side of the family was from French North Africa and I grew up enjoying many of the flavourful dishes of the cuisine of the Sephardic Jews. My grandmother spent her time spoiling us with feast after feast of delicious spicy foods. My favourite was her "Choukchouka". Little did I know that this dish would see such a revival and feature in every culinary, foodie, healthy cookbook or blog! So here's my own family recipe for you to enjoy.
Growing up waffles were something I did with my grand-parents, at the weekend as a treat or ate at the fair ground. Nowadays, as a health conscious foodie mum I like to play around with so called indulgent, cheeky treats and tweak them! Still treats, but rid of the refined sugars and packed with nourishing goodness and flavours. These cinnamon waffles are just that.
So, breakfast cereals… where do we even start? Well, let’s start with the fact that homemade granola is the easiest thing you could do! Make a batch on Sunday afternoon with the kids and enjoy every morning with your choice of milk, yoghurt, fresh fruit etc…
So...I may have bought a new foodie gadget, and I may be having way too much fun with it! So I am now sharing the outcome of my very first waffle creation and certainly not the last!
The best thing about this one< in addition to containing greens, is that I am using mashed potato. So so simple, could be a leftover in your fridge, and you will have a fab breakfast or delicious lunchbox item!
A French classic from my childhood revisited.
Growing up in France, the school pick up snack was a big deal, and it still is of course. For me, it was quite often a couple of slices of “Pain d’épice”. It is a very simple bread to make, full of the winter warming flavours of honey and spices such as ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. It is fantastic crowd pleaser with a cuppa during the cold season.
Sticking by our favourite rule of eating seasonal ingredients, and in the spirit of joining our American friends in celebrating Thanksgiving I decided to make you all this delicious Cranberry & Orange chia jam . It’s quick and easy, and will make the perfect partner to fluffy pancakes, warming porridge or creamy Greek yoghurt! Dare I say, the tangy deliciousness of this jam also makes it a great companion for a rich cheese board! Feel free to adopt it, for ever! Not just for Thanksgiving!
Shop bought breakfast bars and so called healthy snack bars are a minefield nowadays. I keep spending far too much time checking what is new on offer in supermarkets, online, and to be fair there is still far too little choice for a nourishing, no nasties, no refined sugar and no nuts option. So nothing better than homemade! These are really simple with a lovely citrus kick of orange perfect for breakfast on-the-go!
This makes a fantastic breakfast or brunch. By opting for vegetables and eggs for breakfast over sugary laden cereals or toast you are sustaining your energy and balancing your blood sugar levels. This breakfast should keep you going until lunchtime and how virtuous will you feel having your greens for breakfast?!
These bars are permanently in my fridge at the moment as they are proving a big hit with my daughter who is taking them into school as a mid morning snack. With no nuts they are suitable for the schools no nuts policy, and with a good combination of protein, fats and carbohydrates, and no hidden nasties they are keeping me happy too! They are so easy to make and then I store in the fridge ready for the week ahead.
When porridge season is upon us, making sure we have a wide choice of healthy toppings is key to good breakfast nutrition. Nut butters are a favourite in our house, but this no refined sugar jam is a great healthy alternative. The key to making porridge last you until lunchtime is to include some protein and healthy fats. With the addition of the chia seeds, this jam does both of these things! We have used some of our "pick your own" summer fruits for this one.
When fruit season is in full swing, let's take advantage of it! Having fruits as part of a healthy nutritious breakfast is a great way to kick start your day. This very simple apricot and plum stew is not only seasonal and delicious, it is extremely versatile. It makes a perfect crumble base, or a great topping for your morning oats or Greek yoghurt!
The sun's finally coming out to play, all my favourite berries are also coming into season so it's time to play with those gorgeous colours and make healthy food look pretty and attractive to young and not so young! Offering a yoghurt and a few fruits to the kids for breakfast or dessert is great but they get bored! Choose a nice glass, cup or jar, and get creative with some nutritious layers! Here's what I did and I found great success!
This very simple rhubarb stew is not only seasonal and delicious, it is a very versatile base for a crumble, a simple dessert, a great topping for your morning oats or with Greek yoghurt!
Who can resist such a pretty shade of pink?
When love of food and health meet in the kitchen, you get balance! This means that cookies can still be part of your life! Sometimes, the children will ask "Oh no mummy, is that another one of your healthy recipes?". How about "No" for an answer until they try!
These new cookies bring together some of the flavours of a carrot cake without the unnecessary sugar overload and are a great success at school pick-up time. Nice breakfast cookie for those in a rush!
These little chia pots are so easy to make and are an ideal quick breakfast or even a pudding. My son likes one for breakfast and he mixes with some homemade granola or even just some nuts and seeds.
Muffins... they are everywhere, appeal to most, and are easy to grab and go… the problem is, well, they’re not usually very healthy and rarely providing real nutrients. Let me introduce the No Carb Egg Muffin! OK, it is more like a pocket size portable omelette!!
A Health Boost favourite is a homemade smoothie. My children will often make this for themselves pre-football or hockey and with protein in the form of chia seeds, it keeps them going. This could be drunk in the car on the way to sport and, because it’s nut free, could be finished after or during sport too.