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The Burrito


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Saturday night with Saturday TV, a great time for couch food, enter the burrito. The burrito could be classed as ‘street food’ when eating out. Staying that, if having the wrap I would find a place to sit, as you are guaranteed to spill the juices of the over-packed, tin foiled wrapped burrito all down your top. Wouldn’t recommend a burrito on a first date, unless you are happy to try and slurp up juice streaming down your chin. Also the wrap is extremely filling so keep that tin foil in tact, you wanna be able to wrap that up and bring it home for a tasty late night snack. Do not through it away!

Mexican food in this house is very popular with my partner. I myself do enjoy it, but don’t take advantage of the heat that comes with it. To give you an idea of how I am with herbs and spices, I only ate pepper on my food from about the age of 36, I never even owed salt, I liked my food as plan as can be. Cut to 8 years later and I’m eating (small) amounts of chillies, pepper and all kinds of exotic foods you find with the burrito, such as tomatoes, onions and coriander. Sounds small, but that’s how bad I was.

The great thing about the ingredients of a burrito is you don’t have to eat it one way. It suits meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans, the vegans can even have cheese and sour cream with it due to non dairy options now available. I personally have the vegetarian option, you can put Quorn mince with it, but I don’t feel it needs it, can also try sweet potato in a fajita mix. I personally prefer to make the salsa from scratch, I’m not a fan of shop bought salsa and the freshness and zing of homemade salsa is amazing. You can have it in a wrap, taco or simply as a bowl, don’t forget to add some tortilla chips for that crunch factor. I tend to go for the bowl or taco, may partner loves the wraps,he’s been known to eat three.  This dish is great for multiple guests to add what they want, also great for two as plenty of leftovers for the next day. Overall a tasty cheap and cheerful meal.



The Burrito Bowl


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The Burrito Wrap

The Breakfast


For me personally, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and as they say, the most important. I tend to like variety and not a fan of cereal, well I love cereal but not for breakfast. My partner isn’t a morning person at all and can only handle a boring bowl of cereal, it just looks so depressing when there are so many tasty alternatives. As a parent or rushing off to work, breakfast can be a chore, but I’d rather get up a little earlier to have a tasty nutritious breakfast. While the cooked ones can take time, throwing some yogurt, fruit, granola and honey into a bowl, takes but a minute. My best friend for a Greek yogurt breakfast is almond butter, you don’t need much, but it makes all the difference. Honey and almond butter are a must for my kitchen at all times. I don’t eat meat so these are vegan or vegetarian, but you can of course replace vegan sausage with the meat kind.

Also I am forever on a diet, one of those unlucky ones that puts on weight while my partner eats a chocolate bar, he eats what he wants…i don’t hate him at all! So these are slimming world friendly, which I do. Personally I think slimming world is a great option as you don’t feel deprived, baby weight all gone and about another stone, need to unload a bit more, so I’m not quite ready to apply for America’s Next Top Model quite yet, so i’ll keep going.


Riley Loves Cheese


The Baby-led Weaning book is a great for baby food. Here are a few suggestions for any parent who like me didn’t quite know what to do with a fussy eater. When I say it is good for a baby, it is also good for adults. I have been making various recipes from this book only to find Dev eating it all up. When making an actual meal from it, it does given portions for both adults and children so is very economical. The main ones Riley loves are full of cheese and due to her extremely fussy eating habits, I’m going with anything she’ll put in her mouth at this stage. Straight forward ingredients, that is suitable for the freezer. All recipes are very quick to make and all vegetarian. Your waistline would not probably like these recipes but as Dev never puts on weight he gets to eat them guilt free. Me on the other hand, I put on weight by just discussing them. Really can’t recommend this book enough.

Savoury Flapjacks

These are amazing and loaded with cheese, 350 grams to be exact. If you leave them in long enough you get a nice soft centre with crispy cheese around the edges. Great snack for on the go or to bring to work. Riley also likes them so a bonus for a fussy eater. The recipe provides mulitple flapkjacks depending on how greedy you are when deciding what size to cut them down to. At the start they were quite big slices, but due to them being so filling I cut them down. Makes your buck go further.



Cheese and Spinach Muffins

These are a great snack with a cup of tea/coffee or just on the go. The also have onion and some cayenne pepper to give them a kick. Dev loves them as a snack in his lunchbox for work and being a Purdon, he loves the spice. Riley as fussy as she is also loves these and the spice, she definitetly takes after her daddy and his family who are spice maniacs.




Mac n Cheese

In all fairness what’s not to love about mac n cheese.  It’s great for a no fuss, quick easy meal. Batch cook this and then there is always a supply in the freezer. Despite Riley’s fussy habits, she loves this dish, she can’t get enough and it is so nice to see. It is a big hit with all the family and again, a nice amount of cheesy goodness.


Book below should you want it to do the food suggestions above.

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