There are so many reasons I love homemade chicken nuggets!
- They use up any leftover chicken from our roast dinner.
- You know exactly what goes into them.
- The kids love getting messy whilst they help make them.
- The kids actually eat them all!
I use the cooked leg meat and any leftovers from our roast chicken but you can which ever part of the chicken you prefer.
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Chicken is quite an expensive meat to have in meals, it is probably one of our second most consumed meats in our house (pork being the first). To keep the price down I buy a whole chicken and use the different cuts to make up to four different meals. This week we have had the chicken breasts for Hunters Chicken, the legs for homemade chicken nuggets, any leftover meat was used in a vegtable and rice soup. Often, the carass gets wasted but I turn it into stock which is one of the best tasting stocks I have ever tasted!
If you are unsure of how to seperate the chicken joints, you can find out here.
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My favourite thing about Autumn is comfort food. Having the house warm and full of the smell of stew, makes the dark evenings a little less worse! I usually make it during the day and let it simmer on a really low heat so it is ready to serve come dinner time.
Serves 4 Costs 93p a serving
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I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to curries and plus cooking for child, I lay off the spice. The good thing about making your own paste or sauce is that you put in as little or as much spice as you like. If you add too much or if you are cooking for children, try putting natural yoghurt or a squeeze of lemon on top after serving. The ingredients for the paste are things I usually have in the cupboard.
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I hope everyone is having a great week! I have been doing so much cooking and baking, trying to perfect some dishes and also coming up with some new ones so keep your eyes peeled!!
Cauliflower rice is something I’ve wanted to post for a while but it’s never turned out the way I wanted. I finally discovered that the microwave is the answer! If you don’t have a microwave, you can fry it in a little oil but I found this went a bit wet and soggy. It may sound like a strange thing to have with a curry but I can assure you that it doesn’t actually taste of cauliflower! It’s another clever way of getting more vegetables into my family’s diet and it’s a low carb opinion compared to rice. I have simply grated the florets with a corse grater but you can also blend it to become finer and can then be used as cous cous rather than rice.
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This is my ultimate comfort food! It’s really easy to make and prepare. I even made the sauce from my store cupboard staples. Because I have two chicken dishes and a soup to make this week, I brought a whole chicken. The breasts will used for the hunters chicken, the thigh meat for a pie and the carcass as the stock for the soup.
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As a child you are always told not to play with your food. I say, let them! I love seeing the joy on my daughter’s face as she threads a bit of spaghetti in and out of her fingers, pretending it’s a snake. My son loves to rub food all over the table, his face and generally over every thing! It gets in their mouth eventually so what’s the big rush. I believe that children discover food not just through taste but through being able to feel, smell and see it. By see it I mean, seeing what goes into it. I’m not sure if you have noticed but I take a picture of all the ingredients before I cook it. This is so we can talk about the different things, we play ‘the name game’ and ‘name that colour’. The more fun my toddler has preparing in, the more likely she is to eat it. This dish is a great way of getting children involved by helping cut the pepper, grate cheese and then finally, putting it all together in the wrap. The chicken takes a while to cook so whilst it was cooking we made paper crowns and decorated at the kitchen table.
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As requested, chicken Kievs! I used chicken breasts for mine but you could also use the meat from the legs, thighs and wings. Just mix all the meat in a blender, spilt the mixture into equal balls. Flatten each one out and put the garlic butter in the middle, wrap the meat around the butter and voila, chicken Kievs!
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Beans, beans, good for your heart… They actually are! Eating beans can help prevent heart disease as well helping to lower your cholesterol. They can be a bit boring so I like to add them to meals to liven them up a bit.
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Thank you Paul Hollywood, King of pies, for this recipe! I’ve changed it to suit a budget and a toddler’s taste buds. I have made my own short crust pastry to save money but you can buy ready made pastry to save time.
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