What I Eat In A Week (1)

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

Weekly 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

8 sausages

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
  1. In a large saucepan, cook the bacon until crisp (about 5 minutes)
  2. Remove onto kitchen towel to absorb the moisture
  3. Leave the oil from the bacon in the pan and brown the sausages.  Remove onto a chopping board and cut into chunks
  4. Reduce the heat to low and whisk the flour into the meat juices
  5. Cook for about two minutes, whisking constantly and then remove from the heat
  6. Whisk in the Guinness
  7. Add in the potatoes, onions, sausage chunks, bacon, herbs and a dash of pepper
  8. Leave on a low heat on the hob with a lid on for around 1 hour
  9. 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

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp ground cinnamon

250ml milk (use whichever type you normally would)


What To Do
  1. Whisk the eggs
  2. Stir in the milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract
  3. 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
  4. Cook on both sides until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes)
  5. 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

Baked potatoes

Tomato puree

Tomato ketchup

Mixed herbs

Grated cheese

Pepperoni slices

What To Do

  1. Place a wooden spoon handle either side of the potato
  2. Make slices up to 5mm apart along the potato, as far down as the spoons.  Do not cut all the way through the potato
  3. In a bowl mix 2 tbsps puree, 2 tbsps ketchup and a sprinkle of mixed herbs
  4. Spread this mixture over the potato.  Put a slice of pepperoni in each cut of the potato
  5. Sprinkle with cheese
  6. 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,



What My Kids Eat In A Weekend

I have been studying health and wellbeing as part of my university degree recently and it has been a real eye opener to the problem of children being overweight and obese.  One thing contributing to this is the advances in technology (I was shocked to read that the average child in the UK spends 6 hours in front of a screen per day) and obviously food plays a part.  I am not the healthiest foodie mummy but I encourage my children to eat a balanced diet with the occasional treat.  I have shared a typical weekend with the boys and what they eat which will hopefully inspire you and give you a good idea of a routine for them.  The boys are 6 and 9 years old but if you are interested I will do a post about what my 23 month old step-daughter eats in an average weekend too, please comment below if you would like to see that.



I collect the boys from school and get ready for the drive back to Derby.  I give them both a carton of apple juice and a packet of Mini Stars biscuits for a snack


Tea is a little later than usual as we have a long drive back to Derby but tonight Ste has made us ‘Pizza Crumpets’ for tea.  We picked up some large sized crumpets and spread some tomato puree mixed with a little tomato ketchup on them and added grated cheese, hot-dog slices and me and Leo had some Worcestershire sauce to top them off.  They were delicious and the boys loved them!  The boys had some squash to drink with this.



Leo chose an Oreo hot chocolate and Riley had a choc-banana milkshake (using the powdered Nesquik in milk, I just added a spoonful of each).  They also both had four chocolate coins from their Christmas stash.



Breakfast today was waffles served with strawberries and banana and some chocolate sauce.  I had this too and we all wolfed it down, delicious.  The boys had a yoghurt drink with this and a cup of squash.  I generally leave a jug of squash on the side for them so they can fill up and drink throughout the day.



Riley asked to have one of his kinder eggs from Christmas so I let him have this for a snack and Leo has a chocolate lolly penguin.



Today we have come into town to do a bit of shopping and we decide to have lunch in BB’s cafe in the Intu Derby centre.  Leo has a large sausage roll with some cheese and onion crisps and Riley chooses a tuna and sweetcorn sandwich with some ready salted crisps.  They both have a fruit shoot and eat every bit (apart from a couple of bits of crust from Riley.



We have taken the boys bowling for a treat and let them have a small slush puppy each while we are there.


Tea tonight is spaghetti bolognaise.  I don’t use a jar but make my own sauce.

You will need

1 carton of passata

2 tbsp tomato puree

One beef stock cube dissolved in a small amount of water

Mixed herbs

Worcestershire sauce

How I make it

I brown the mince and then throw in an onion and a coupke opf cloves of garlic.  Add the ingredients shown above (I do it to taste, you may want to add slightly more or less of the ingredients), stir together and simmer for twenty minutes.

I served this with linguine pasta and garlic bread.  The boys had a yoghurt each after this and drank a smoothie.



Tonight Riley chose a choco-banana milkshake again and Leo had a white chocolate and strawberry hot chocolate.



I made a cooked breakfast this morning.  Riley had a sausage and tomato ketchup sandwich and Leo had bacon, sausage, chopped tomatoes and bread.  They both had a smoothie to drink.



We went to meet the boy’s cousin at a play centre and they had a jug of juice to drink while they played.


Roast dinner time!  The boys ate roast chicken, roast potatoes, carrots, leeks, Yorkshire puddings and stuffing.  Leo has gravy but Riley doesn’t.  Both have squash with their dinner and afterwards have one of the chocolate caramel cupcakes Leo made with me while I cooked dinner.



Hope this has been a helpful and interesting post to read.  As I said above, please let me know if you would like to see a similar post on what my 23 month old stepdaughter eats in a weekend too.

For more fab and budget friendly meal ideas check out this new blog I have recently come across – I Prefer Cooking – yummy recipes to feed your family for under £1.50!

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

Recipe – Honey And Mustard Chicken

This was a bit of a last minute throw it all together and pray type of recipe but it turned out amazingly well!  It was another one that I gave to the boys and they both ate it all which is fantastic as I have mentioned before, they can be fussy! Riley said he especially liked the potatoes in it, covered with the honey and mustard sauce and I have to agree!

Honey And Mustard Chicken


  • Two chicken breasts, each cut into two or three smaller portions
  • Two or three large potatoes, chopped
  • One tablespoon minced garlic
  • One tablespoon garlic powder
  • Five tablespoons dijon mustard (TIP – you could also use 2 tablespoons of dijon and three tablespoons of wholegrain mustard as an alternative)
  • A quarter cup of honey
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Two tablespoons water

How To Make It

1 – Preheat oven to 200*C

2 – I sprayed two or three sprays of olive oil into my pan and seared the chicken breasts.  Once browned, leave up to two tablespoons of the chicken juices in the pan and drain the rest

3 – Add in the garlic and cook until fragrant which takes around a minute.  Add in the honey, mustard, water and garlic powder and stir.

4 – Add the potatoes and stir so the chicken and potatoes are covered in the sauce.  Simmer for two minutes

5 – Pour into ovenproof dish and place in oven for around 30 minutes, until chicken is cooked through

6 – Serve with steamed vegetables

Hope you enjoy this as much as we did!  Another easy to make recipe with only a small number of ingredients which is perfect for a midweek meal!  Let me know what you thik of it in the comments below.


#maSTOMAchef Week One – Asparagus

This month on The IBD & Ostomy Support Show we are doing a #maSTOMAchef challenge (see what we did there?!) to coincide with food month. Every week one of us picks an ingredient which we haven’t tried before and we all have to cook and share a recipe with it in. This week Steve #bagdaddy picked ASPARAGUS.

I absolutely love asparagus and decided to share this recipe which I have made a couple of times now.  It went down brilliantly, not just with me but the boys when they had it too. As my kids can be fussy, this automatically produces a hit in my book!

Just to warn you, this is the first time I have written a recipe down and I am a bit of a throw it in and hope for the best kind of cook. I don’t generally measure things out exactly so have tried to give approximate quantities but please forgive me if I haven’t explained it very well!

Creamy Spring Tortellini


  • Pack of asparagus (approx 8-10 stems)
  • Two large cloves of garlic, chopped
  • Half an onion, chopped (Ostomy TIP – Chop your onion into really small pieces to help prevent problems with blockages)
  • Large handful of peas
  • Packet of three cheese tortellini
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • Packet of bacon lardons
  • 240ml double cream
  • Handful of grated parmesan

How To Make It

  1. Cook tortellini and set aside
  2. Fry bacon lardons and set aside
  3. Saute onions until transparent
  4. Add the asparagus and peas.  Saute until the asparagus is soft.  Press in the garlic and season with salt and pepper.  Mix and cook for another five minutes
  5. Pour in the double cream while stirring.  Add the parmesan and keep stirring until the cheese has melted.  Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Stir in the tortellini and bacon and serve!  You can sprinkle on some grated parmesan at this point if desired.

This recipe is super simple to make and does not take long at all.  I had a portion left over after feeding me and the boys which went into the freezer.  I always freeze my leftovers as they are invaluable on a busy or a poorly day.  This was reheated and with a sprinkle of cheese was enjoyed a second time around by the boys for a weekday tea.

Please let me know what you think in the comments below if you have a go at this one.  I hope you like it!