Monday, 23 June 2014

Puff Pastry Pizza - Quick and Easy Lunch

We went to see friends today and arrived home at 12.30 giving me half an hour to get lunch ready, thinking to myself I need to start using up food and thinking about what Ollie likes to eat. So I pop on the oven knowing a have a section of puff pastry left over from lunch yesterday, but what to do with it.
So this was our lunch and it went down very well, I am pleased to report

I cut the puff pastry into two squares using a sharp knife scored a square outline leaving a cm border, then scored the middle section making sure I did not go all the way through.
One can of chopped tomatoes, using a slotted spoon I drained of most of the liquid and put a couple of spoons full into a bowl added a squeeze of tomato ketchup and some basil then popped it on to the scored part of my pastry square. I then topped with lots of grated cheese using mature cheddar and some gruyere I had in the fridge.
Put them on a baking sheet and cooked on 190 for about ten mins.
They were very tasty they had it with baby plumb tomatoes and cucumber and it was a massive success. 
It would be so easy to do lots of different toppings from ham, chorizo, cooked chicken, sweetcorn even some cream cheese dotted about would be nice. The key though is to keep it simple things you can pop straight on top no preparation and will cook in the ten mins or so.


Thursday, 12 June 2014

Dinner re think

Our life has been rather turned upside down since OB was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it has led to a roller coaster of emotions, but the main area has been food. He is only allowed what's classed as free foods between meals these contain no or very little carbohydrates, consisting of items such as carrots, hard cheeses, processed cheese, sugar free jelly, cucumber, meats. Then for main meals I need to get carbs into him so he has energy for the day. When your dealing with a fussy eater who has a limited vocabulary it's a lot to manage.
The food I have been feeding my boys for the last week has made me shudder, I almost feel embarrassed to be admitting it on the blog, they have been having far too much processed food, fish fingers to chicken nuggets the good thing for me is they do not really like it. I sat down tonight after they left their nuggets and croquet potatoes but both bless them ate their broccoli, feeling awful, what has become of me. I cook from scratch, my boys love home cooking.
So here I am deciding on my plan to move forward, I must admit that a couple of glasses of red wine has helped me think and step back again. With all the various things we have going on from type 1, to diagnosis apt with the paediatrician to the countless apts for OB transition to school. I am not sure if I knew if I was coming or going, together with a brain that felt like it could explode at any point.

My first area to consider was what carbs does he like? He is a small growing boy our aim is never to limit the carbs he eats just to give insulin in the correct dosage. Please note at the moment we are not carb counting and this is purely a mums perspective.
Pasta any type 
Spaghetti
Gnocchi
Mashed potatoes
Roast potatoes
Chips
Pastry esp puff pastry
Well I think that's not a bad list we can get many a meal out of this combination of what we have here. My next line was what sauces does he like with his food
Cheese sauce
Tomato sauce
Beef mince sauce
Gravy
Now the hard part the meat or protein elements, meat he is very fussy with sausages are a no no, roast chicken he likes. A meat sauce he is ok with, fish fingers he likes and sometimes crispy chicken. But other than that meat is not fun for us stews do not go down well. Lentils he likes but beans and pulses are a no go. Quorn mince is good good chunks are not his thing. He likes tinned tuna made into pasta dishes and sometimes a fishcake.
He loves his veggies, broccoli, carrots, peas tomatoes, cucumber 
Other items he likes to eat
Pizza esp homemade
Tortellini 
Soup
So in fact when looking at the food he will eat there are a lot of individual meals that I can cook for him and be confident that he will get the variety he needs so not to become bored with a meal, the mixture of carbohydrates that he need for his energy to help him grow and stay the active little boy we love. The added advantage of brainstorming these foods is that you can see different ways of putting food together. Lastly I think some bulk cooking is needed and freezing portions of sauce ready to go with different meals. So I will tackle my weekly meal plans with a new spring in my step and will be sharing what works and I am sure more of what does not.
I will come back to this on our meal plans and talk in more details about how we are using this to get a healthy mixed weekly meal plan.