In my kitchen with Captured by Jade

In my kitchen with Captured by Jade

Welcome back to another guest post about family meals. This week I’m joined by Jade from Captured by Jade. I’ve really enjoyed finding out how she feeds her family and how she involves her 4 year old too. We’d love to read your comments at the end too.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.

Hi, I’m Jade! I live in South Wales with my husband, Nathan, and our four year old son, Alexander. I’m currently a stay at home mum to Alexander – I have been since he was born – and so we’ve been a one income family for a good few years now; I would say this definitely plays a part in cooking and meals as sticking to a budget is pretty essential for us. Something else that plays a big part at meal times in our household is the fact that I’m no longer a meat eater, but Nathan and Alexander are. I became a vegetarian last year, for many reasons and after much research, however, this is my own personal decision and I definitely don’t push that on Nathan and Alexander… They happily eat a number of meat free meals though!

Who does most of the cooking in your house? Do you enjoy cooking?

I do most of the cooking in our house, purely because of the situation – I am at home all day & Nathan works 12 hour shifts. Nathan does cook now and again; I would describe him as a ‘creative’ cook though (read creative as rather experimental!). Cooking isn’t something I enjoy all that much.

Do you meal plan?

Yes and no. I do a two weekly food shop, with any fresh items being picked up as and when needed, so when it comes to making my shopping list I have meals in mind but I don’t set them out for specific days etc. I have meal planned previously, but when something is pencilled in for a specific day, you can guarantee I won’t be in the mood to eat it. So I just have my list of meals, cooking what takes my fancy on a given day, but being mindful of fresh products and such. I’ve found shopping twice a month, as opposed to weekly, has really helped us to save on our shopping bill.

What are mealtimes like in your house? Do you eat together as a family?

Eating together as a family is something that was ingrained in me from childhood, and so where possible we do eat together as a family. Given Nathan’s work pattern, a lot of the time this is just me and Alexander eating together, with Nathan’s dinner being kept to one side until he finishes work. Eating at the dining table is important in our household.

What are your favourite family meals to cook?

The meals that go down the best in our house are pasta, stir-fry, wraps and jacket potato… Simple meals, and sometimes (with a fussy four year old) you just want to serve what you know will be eaten! Beyond the basic meals, an oven bake is always good – I do veggie sausages with some cut up peppers & onion & potato – you just bung it in the oven for close to an hour and there’s a meal all in one. A dish that we enjoy, that I make a smaller batch of for myself, is chicken korma with rice, replacing the chicken with chickpeas in mine.

Do you cook the same meals frequently or are you always trying new recipes?

I very rarely try new recipes these days, but I think that’s more because I’m still currently getting used to cooking on a new oven. When we do try new recipes, it’s usually something vegetarian – our most recent new recipe was a sweet potato chilli. This year I would really like to try and find a good homemade soup recipe.

Do you have any tips for dealing with fussy eaters?

I wish! Alexander was such a good eater when younger, however when he hit three it was like he had an entire change of palate or something! Breakfast and lunch are easy enough, but dinnertime can be a real battle. I do think it’s important to all eat the same food of a meal time though, so I try to make sure there is at least one thing on the plate that I know he’ll eat.

Do you have a favourite cookbook?

I don’t own any cookbooks – I’ll pick an interesting one up from the library every now and then, but for the most part, I just get recipes online. If anyone reading this has a good vegetarian cookbook, I’d love to know.

Do you enjoy baking?

I actually much prefer baking to cooking, however, I’m very simple with it – cookies, cupcakes and flapjacks being the go to baked goods in our household.

Do you have any tips for making feeding the family easier?

As I mentioned above, I am a stay at home parent so I do have a good amount of time to prep and cook meals, however, I would recommend a slow cooker to any family. A slow cooker is super easy as you can just pop everything in and let it do its own thing for a number of hours – great for those with busy lifestyles but also those who just aren’t that fussed with cooking. Not to mention, it fills your house with the delicious scent of whatever it is you’re cooking.

As I mentioned above, I am a stay at home parent so I do have a good amount of time to prep and cook meals, however, I would recommend a slow cooker to any family. A slow cooker is super easy as you can just pop everything in and let it do its own thing for a number of hours – great for those with busy lifestyles but also those who just aren’t that fussed with cooking. Not to mention, it fills your house with the delicious scent of whatever it is you’re cooking.

Do you get your kids involved in the kitchen?

Absolutely – I think it’s important to get children involved in all areas of the house! Alexander loves helping in the kitchen. He helps with washing fruit and veg, making his breakfast by pouring the cereals and milk (under a watchful eye!), mixing things and he is a big helper when it comes to baking. As he gets older I’ll definitely be broadening the tasks he helps with, as being able to cook, even on the most basic level, is such an important life skill.

Alexander also helps with the washing up!

Where can we find you?

I share lifestyle content over on my blog Captured by Jade – www.capturedbyjade.co.uk.

 

 

3 Comments

    • Claire
      Author
      March 14, 2018 / 10:37 pm

      Your welcome. Thanks for taking the time to write this post.

  1. March 15, 2018 / 8:51 am

    We would love to eat as a family more too but my husband also works awkward shifts and is home later. It’s nice when we do get those moments to eat together though!

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