Nothing can prepare you for the job of full time chef for your kids. And no one mentions that it would be a good idea if you had a few kitchen skills as you approach parenthood.
I trained as a chef long before becoming a parent and I feel fortunate to have the confidence to feed my kids home cooked meals and snacks. Even though they don’t always eat my food.
The good news is that kitchen skills can be learned, everyone has an inner chef! Basic skills can be improved with a bit of training and practice.
I am on the road to starting my own cooking classes to give Mum’s the confidence to feed they’re family healthy wholesome meals everyday.
I believe that mum’s need to feed themselves right first. You can follow my weekly Mammy Snax recipes on my social media linked below.
Mum’s need heaps of energy to get through busy days. I remember being weak with hunger in the first couple of months after having my babies.
I want to share 3 recipe ideas loaded with high energy ingredients that will keep you going for longer than a piece of toast or a biscuit.
There is no cooking involved. Just have a good stock of these high energy ingredients- oats, seeds, nuts and dried fruit.
Fill a jam jar with your favourite nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Keep it on the kitchen counter to snack on when you feel your energy is low.
Oats, toasted seeds and nuts, dried fruit & cinnamon. Check out my Instagram or Facebook for the full recipe. You can use it to make energy packed overnight oats.
Mama’s Energy Balls
Makes 12. Here’s the recipe:
1 cup of dates- stones removed (approx 20 dates)
¾ cup oats – (25g)
½ cup mixed seeds- like sunflower, pumpkin, sesame (40g)
2 tablespoons of peanut butter – (25g)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Measure everything out.
Add the dates to a bowl, then boil the kettle and cover the dates with boiling water to soften.
Meanwhile add the oats and seeds to a blender.
Pulse to blend, don’t blend too finely to keep some texture.
Drain and discard the water off the dates.
Add the dates, peanut butter and cocoa powder to the blender.
Blend until the mix comes together. Scoop out some to see if it will form a ball. If the mix is dry add a tablespoon of hot water and blend again.
Scoop out the balls and roll into balls. It helps to wet your hands a little bit when rolling the balls. Place on a tray and chill for one hour. If you don’t fancy rolling them line a square 8 inch baking tray with parchment. Push the mix onto the tray, use that back of a spoon to smooth. Chill for an hour in the fridge and cut in to bars. They keep perfectly in the fridge or freezer.