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Have a veg-y merry Christmas! Our Top 10 Vegetarian Christmas Dishes

Read time: 4 Minutes Our Irish culture has always embraced the consumption of meat, but vegetarianism seems to be growing quite popular. According to Harvard Medical School, abstaining from eating meat can eliminate a risk factor for colon cancer, and a risk for type 2 diabetes. So, there doesn’t seem to be much harm in treating to yourself to a meat free meal. Your son has plucked up the courage to bring his lovely new girlfriend to Christmas dinner this year, but (shock, horror) she doesn’t eat meat! What do you cook for your anti-meat-consuming Christmas dinner party invitee? Look no further, we’ve came up with our top ten vegetarian meals for Christmas day. 1. Baked Camembert with Cranberry Jam Christmas is the season of cheese boards, and we all love a good camembert. It can be produced at any part of the day and guests can pick at it freely. Simply preheat the oven 180ºC, carve 2 or 3 large slits in the top and scatter garlic and cranberry jam on top. Wrap in …

5 Healthy Meals to cook with your Christmas dinner leftovers

Read time: 4 Minutes And like that, Christmas is over! But your fridge is full of all those too-good-to-throw-out leftovers that you really can’t let go to waste! But it’s not just about turkey sandwiches, or bubble and squeak. Why not mix things up a little? That’s why we’ve came up with some inspirational (and less guilt ridden) dishes that you can cook up for the week after Christmas. Spicy vegetable egg fried rice Checklist: Carrots Sunflower oil Cabbage 2 eggs Spring onions Frozen peas Chillies Soy sauce Heat up some chillies and garlic with oil, then drain. Add some carrots and stir-fry until tender. Add in your cabbage and cook before throwing in your cooked basmati (or leftover rice if you have some). Push your rice to one side of the pan and add the two eggs into the cleared space to scramble until set. Mix in your onions, peas and a bit of soy sauce. Stir-fry everything until the peas are hot. Chicken, kale & sprout stir-fry Checklist: Curly kale (shredded) Sesame oil …

Picky Little Eaters – How To Get Your Child To Eat More Foods

Read time: 4 Minutes Having a child who is a picky eater is incredibly frustrating. Maybe they’ll only eat the same handful of foods, maybe they’ll object to eating something they loved yesterday, maybe they’ll refuse to eat anything altogether. Try as you might, it feels like there’s nothing you can do to change the ways of your stubborn little one. Why do children become picky eaters? There are many reasons why children suddenly become picky eaters – and on most occasions, it is sudden and usually occurs between the ages of 18 months and four. Children have a more sensitive palate, so certain foods that seem tolerable or ‘bland’ to you, will be too strong for them, or the texture might put them off. The toddler years are also a time when your child is determined to show their independence. Refusing or controlling their food and meal times is a key way for them to do this. Children also love routine and consistency, so new foods might make them feel unsettled and they will …

10 Best Foods To Add To your Shopping List In Autumn

Read time: 4 Minutes Autumn, also known as the Harvest season, is the time of year when we should be fuelling our bodies with the most nutritious foods to fuel us for the colder months. We should also be looking towards the foods that will help us ward off colds, flus and all manner of illnesses that crop up at this time of year. So what are the best seasonal foods to add to your autumn shopping list? Here’s our pick of the pack: Apples Apples are everywhere at this time of year and it’s worth stocking up, as they are packed full of antioxidants and fibre and can prevent dryness and improve the general appearance of your skin. Parsnips Parsnips are in season during autumn and winter. Like apples, they’re full of fibre and are also rich in potassium. They have a sweet, nutty flavour and can be eaten in many ways, but are most delicious when roasted in honey, alongside carrots. Pears Similar to apples, pears are also a great moistening food to …