How to use a whole chicken for 4 meals

A big part of food shopping is remembering to live within your means. If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it! It’s tempting to get sucked into supermarket offers for things you don’t need just because it’s cheap. My advice is to write your shopping list with everything you need leading up to your weekly shop, also eat before you go. There is nothing worse than food shopping on an empty stomach!

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How to use your pantry, fridge and freezer. 

Who even has a pantry any more?! I keep all my food in a corner cupboard but pantry sounds better!

A part of the reason I’m able to keep the price of my food shopping down is because I keep a well stocked pantry. It contains the smaller items that you use regularly. Some may seem a bit expensive but they are more like an investment as they will be used in many meals.

I bet we all have some thing at the back of our cupboard that we got especially for a recipe and then it never saw the light of day again.

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Get Well Soon Banana and Ginger Smoothie 

A healing cheap smoothie to aid an upset stomach. Great for little ones and adults too.

Eva has been poorly the last couple of days with a tummy ache. It is nearly impossible to get a toddler to take any kind of medication so she wasn’t getting any better. She absolutely loves all fruit so I thought a smoothie would be a great way of getting some extra healthy goodness into her. I couldn’t go out and buy ingredients because at this point she didn’t even want to leave the sofa, so I used just what I had already.

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Baking bread and mental health 

Baking bread is partly the reason why I love to cook. After having Eva, due to having a bad birth, pretending that I could cope and being completely unprepared for parenthood, I developed severe postnatal depression, OCD and anxiety. I suffered in silence for nearly a year. I gave up my job, refused to go outside and I felt like a terrible mother. I finally plucked up the courage to talk to the doctor, just telling one person felt like an enormous weight had been lifted off my shoulders and my world became a little less darker. I told Stephen by text message because I was too ashamed to tell him to his face but with his and other family members support, I began to feel like my normal self again. However, I still felt a bit empty and still not 100%.

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