Good morning! As a mum and ostomate I look for healthy meals for the family which are stoma friendly. I am a keen cook and enjoy sharing recipes as you will see under my RECIPE section.
I thought sharing my meal plans with you may help both ostomates and parents alike. All the meals I plan and post will be kid tested and using a range of different methods, ingredients and inspiration for diversity. I will also pop up tips for ostomates on making these meals stoma friendly and hopefully avoiding the dreaded blockage! I may not post every week but aim to do at least one of these posts every month so you can see what we have been eating and enjoying.
Why I Meal Plan
I like to meal plan as I think it is most useful when it comes to shopping. As I like to try out new recipes, knowing what I am cooking for the week means I can write a shopping list with all the ingredients I need. Nothing gets forgotten and I also keep to a budget much easier as I am not picking up bits here and there. I find I have less waste too which is always good. I also freeze any extra portions, especially when I am cooking for just myself. These can be really handy for when I am really busy or not feeling too great. I still have a home cooked meal which only needs defrosting and heating up.
My Meal Plan
Today I made Dublin Coddle for the first time. I get a lot of cooking inspiration from Pinterest and then just fiddle with the recipes to suit me!
For this recipe you will need:
Packet of bacon lardons
2 bay leaves
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 onions, diced
4 tsps chopped parsley (use dried if you don’t have fresh)
Potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tbsp plain flour
1 can Guiness
How To Make It
- In a large saucepan, cook the bacon until crisp (about 5 minutes)
- Remove onto kitchen towel to absorb the moisture
- Leave the oil from the bacon in the pan and brown the sausages. Remove onto a chopping board and cut into chunks
- Reduce the heat to low and whisk the flour into the meat juices
- Cook for about two minutes, whisking constantly and then remove from the heat
- Whisk in the Guinness
- Add in the potatoes, onions, sausage chunks, bacon, herbs and a dash of pepper
- Leave on a low heat on the hob with a lid on for around 1 hour
- Serve with bread and butter
Ostomates – onion can affect some people’s stomas. I dice my onions really finely to help avoid issues
Note – I added a tbsp of gravy granules to help thicken it up and add some flavour. Use if needed/wanted
Note – If you would rather not use alcohol, swap the Guinness for the equivalent amount of stock (vegetable or meat)
This morning I got some amazing news – I passed my degree module this year and am working at a 2.1 level. We decided that a special breakfast of French Toast was in order – here’s the recipe!
You will need
These can be adapted depending on how much you want to make
8 slices of bread
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
250ml milk (use whichever type you normally would)
What To Do
- Whisk the eggs
- Stir in the milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract
- Dip a slice of bread in the eggy mixture (coating both sides) and place in a hot frying pan (I use coconut spray oil but you can also use butter) on a medium heat
- Cook on both sides until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes)
- Serve sprinkled with some sugar. You can also use syrup or honey and I always add fruit too!
For tea I made another of our favourites – macaroni cheese. I use the Asda fresh cheese sauce and mix it with pasta and some cut up hotsog dausages (or the Mattesson’s sausage). I will also often add some peas or some chopped broccoli.
Tonight was another one of the boys favourites. I have previously shared these on my social media but will pop it here for anyone interested!
You will need
What To Do
- Place a wooden spoon handle either side of the potato
- Make slices up to 5mm apart along the potato, as far down as the spoons. Do not cut all the way through the potato
- In a bowl mix 2 tbsps puree, 2 tbsps ketchup and a sprinkle of mixed herbs
- Spread this mixture over the potato. Put a slice of pepperoni in each cut of the potato
- Sprinkle with cheese
- Pop in the oven for around 30-40 minutes (until potato is cooked through)
Ostomates – Be wary of potato skins, I can not eat them and have to remove!
We started the day with a treat breakfast again today – I made pancakes! As with the French Toast I served this with some fruit so the boys were getting a good part of their 5 a day first thing! We also bought some toffee sauce which finished them off perfectly! I mix 300ml milk with 100g plain flour and 2 eggs in a jug which makes it easy to pour into the frying pan.
I haven’t had a chilli in a long while and so thought I would give it a go tonight and make a homemade one. I am not able to share this recipe as I forgot to note down which spices I used (doh!) but it was delicious and I will definitely make another. Meanwhile, enjoy the pics!
We went out for lumnch woth my Mum today so I decided that for tea the boys could make their own pixzza. This is one of their favourite things to do as pizza is one of their favourites too. Pizza Friday also holds special memmories for me as it isa something my Mum would do with me and my berihter when we were luttle. It is great for using up leftovers and you can make it exactly how you want it.
I bought two of the basic cheese and tomato pizzas from Aldi. Both boys added pepperoni which they love! Leo also added some pineapple and cut up cocktail sausages. Riley also added some cut up saisages and extra cheese. They both enjoyed getting to cut the sausage themselves, obviously under my supervision but with a great, kid friendly knife I got from Pampered Chef a few years ago!
Today was a busy one so I used this Dolmio sauce I picked up a while ago to try. I spread it over the chicken breasts and a selection of veggies and put it in the oven – really simple. I also made some roast potatoes to go with it.
The sauce was delicious and we really enjoyed it!
I cannot claim credit for this meal – Ste made it and we invited my Mum and Dad over to share it with us.
Ste marinated the chicken and lamb in homemade sauces before masking kebabs, adding mushrooms, peppers and onions. He also made flat breads which were delicious. As there was some left over we popped them in the freezer.
Ostomates – Mushrooms, onions – chew really well!
I hope you have enjoyed my first instalment about what I eat in a week.I would love to hear if you try any of the recipes, let me know in the comments below if you do! Please do leave a comment and let me know if you enjoy these kinds of posts, and anything you would like me to include in the future,