With a baby on the way and the best intentions for the new year, I’ve decided that it’s time we started to look after ourselves as a family, and also the environment. Switching to Quorn is such an easy and achievable way to do this. We aren’t vegetarians but the benefits of eating Quorn just make sense, and it tastes delicious, win, win!
As a family of meat eaters we’ve never considered switching to Quorn mince, until now. Quorn contains Mycoprotein, an ingredient that cannot be used in any products other than Quorn branded products. An ingredient that is better for the planet, with 90% lower GHG Emissions, Lower Land and water usage than meat.
As a busy mother I don’t have time to spend hours upon hours cooking up delicious recipes, but what I do have is thirty minutes to throw together a perfectly healthy meal that the whole family will enjoy. A healthy meal such as my Quorn mince faggots with Leek & Potato mash. As you can see in my video this was so easy to make that Aria was able to prepare the main bulk of it, and, more importantly, we all thoroughly enjoyed it. (scroll to the end for a printable version of the Quorn Mince Faggots with Leek & Potato Mash recipe).
Not only is Quorn great for the environment, it is also low in saturated fat, high in protein, high in fibre and takes just 8-10 minutes to cook (dependant on whether using fresh or frozen) and can be cooked in your sauce with no need to worry about fat.
I love that by switching to Quorn we are able to turn a traditionally un-healthy recipe into a healthy recipe.
Our Degustabox* arrived a little earlier than usual this month which was a lovely surprise in the crazy run up to Christmas. Aria and I couldn’t wait to get unboxing the December Degustabox and trialling the delicious contents.
The December Degustabox was another hit for Aria and me! This month’s Degustabox ticked all the boxes with some (very delicious) chocolates, savoury snacks, drinks and more. As you can see from the video Aria’s favourite product was the Popchips Galactics (I’ve just added some to my on-line food shop!) and mine the Willie’s Cacao chocolates.
Onto the pricing, the products and prices on my content card were :
Planters 2 x £1.29 – £2.58
Sleep Well – £1.75
Candy Kittens Gourmet Sweets – £2
Popchips Galactic Puffs – £1.99
Ryvita Lightly Salted Rye Cakes – £1.39
Taking The Pea – £1.50
Coldpress – £1.50
Robinsons Fruit Creations – £1.99
San Miguel 0.0% – £3
Mary Berry’s Foods – £2.99
Willies Cacao Black Pearls – £6.59
Total box contents – £27.28
I also received Lift Instant Matcha Green Tea – some subscribers will have received this as an alternative to one of the products listed above.
Christmas dinner is one of the most stressful dinners to cook, I personally spend weeks stressing and worrying about it, sometimes even months. I’ve been known to make a lot of shortcuts in the past, I’ve even gone to a local cafe to pick up a three course Christmas lunch ready to be served before now! This year I am determined. I will cook my own Christmas dinner. With some help, obviously.
My parents are coming to our house for lunch this year, they have already agreed to do some of the veg and the stuffing to take the pressure off. I’ll also be roping them in to help with the gravy, I always mess the gravy up!
This year I am going to enjoy Christmas. I am going to be calm and relaxed. The dinner will be perfect and stress free. How you ask? I’ll be following the Christmas Dinner Timings Guide from HelloFresh. The guide is free to download, simple to follow and is basically a Christmas day planner which will allow you to have your dinner on the table by 4pm (or earlier/later if you wish, just adjust the times to fit in!).
Thanks to this guide I now know that if I want my stress free dinner on the table at 4pm I need to be pre-heating the oven at 10:30am and cooking my sprouts at 3:30pm, I also know what I can prep the night before for extra stress free cooking on Christmas day. As well as the timings guide the handy PDF includes some delicious recipes, including a mouth watering slow cooked red cabbage and a rich and delicious gravy – maybe I won’t need my parents to make my gravy after all!
Trying to juggle working all the hours, family life and healthy eating is hard work. The temptation to just throw something in the oven is overwhelming. Simple food that the whole family will enjoy, that doesn’t take hours to prepare. This usually results in un-healthy which isn’t at all helpful with my eternal pursuit to lose weight. Or at least that was the case, before the Pizza Express Leggera at home was a thing.
We love eating at Pizza Express and I tend to order the Leggera when we do, it doesn’t compromise on flavour but is lighter and healthier making it a win win for me. The addition of the Leggera to the Pizza Express at home range is fantastic news for pizza lovers who don’t love the calories! The Leggera at home pizzas are under four hundred calories for the whole pizza! I’m a bit excited by this. The best thing? These pizzas cook in just 6-8 minutes from fresh or 9-11 from frozen! Quick, convenient and healthy (and pizza!).
The Pizza Express Leggera at home pizzas are the perfect size for one person. We’re greedy and so cooked four to go between the three of us. We ended up with one and half pizzas left over (Aria isn’t a huge eater). This meant guilt free cold pizza for lunch the next day!
The Leggera at home is currently available in two flavours, chicken & vegetable and squash, kale & goat’s cheese. Now, Spencer is one of these whose mindset is that if it doesn’t have meat on it, it’s pointless. He rolls his eyes at me if I order a vegetarian meal when we go out and is never pleased when I cook vegetarian food at home, which is why I was surprised to see him reaching for more and more of the kale, squash & goats cheese Leggera. I pulled him up on this (and also mocked him, quite a bit) and he admitted that on this occasion the meat free pizza was actually quite delicious.
The Pizza Express Leggera at home are currently available in Waitrose, Ocado and Sainsbury’s.
*Disclosure – Sponsored post, all opinions my own*
As I’m sure you’ll know by now Aria and I love to open and sample the Degustabox* each month. We recently received the Christmas themed November box and, as usual, filmed as we unboxed and sampled the contents.
The November Degustabox was another hit for Aria and me! The box included our favourite things in the form of sweets and chocolate along with some fab cupboard fillers. Aria’s favourite products were the super sour jelly beans (crazy child!) and the Planters Fruity Chocolate Crunch, my favourite was the Picnic bites, of course.
Onto the pricing, the products and prices on my content card were :
Kallo Organic Stock Pots – £1.80
The English Provender Co.’s Caramelised Red Onion Chutney – £1.99
Taylors of Harrogate Ground Coffee – £4.49
ALO (Aloe Vera drink) – £1.99
Planters Fruity Chocolate Crunch – £2.00
The Jelly Bean Factory Super Sours – £1.79
Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes – £1.39
Propercorn Perfectly Sweet Popcorn – £0.89
Dalston’s Fizzy Apple – £1.89
Weetabix Additions Apple & Raisin – £2.99
Cadbury Picnic Bites – £1.99
Filippo Berio Classic Pesto – £2.00
Total box contents – £25.21
I also received the Filipo Berio Rio Mare Italian Tuna and the Filipo Berio Formaggio Crostini in Fennel & Garlic flavour – subscribers will have received either one of these or the Pesto mentioned above.