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  1. sweetpea pantry 79We've all been there. “I don't like that” (hasn't tried it), “I don't eat x” (varies day by day), or just out-right refusal to eat certain foods. I used to let this stress me out, I now realise it is part of the development of independence, asserting own personality or just taking some control. Or perhaps they just don't like something, which hey this is ok too!

    I hate wasting food, but realise that you do need to present certain foods over and over before they are even tried – but it is worth the persistence, you do win some (not all, let's be realistic!) in the end.

    However, the best way I have found to get fussy or 'refusal' eaters to try something is to involve them in the preparation or cooking of a meal. It is amazing.

  2. sweetpea pantry 158Looking for inspiration for a memorable, fun and unique child's party or playdate?

    1. Get your hands on some Sweetpea Pantry Playful Pizza Dough with chia and flax. With all dry ingredients included, you only need to add water and oil to make 3 large or 6-8 individual delicious, crisy and fool-proof bases (they will never know you've snuck goodness in there!)
    2. Prepare your toppings in advance - have bowls of grated mozzarella cheese, sliced ham, mushrooms, peppers, roasted sweet potato - whatever you fancy. We love Sneaky Veg's three tomato pizza sauce too.
    3. Get the little ones aproned up and hands washed
    4. After adding your oil/water to your dry mix, everyone can help stir it together and then get hands in to get kneading onto a floured board! (you'll need everyone to take a turn as you need a good 5 minutes of good kneading to make the dough rise, so probably a bit of adult kneading too...).
    5. While the dough rises for approx an hour in a warm place, play your party games and distract with fun activies.
    6. Once risen, divide into small pieces for each mini baker and use rolling pins and hands to push into thin round (-ish!) bases.
    7. Everyone decorate their own pizza with tomato passata or paste, their favourite vegetables and toppings. Finish off with grated mozzarella cheese.
    8. Adults to place creations onto floured trays and into very hot 220+ pre-heated oven for 8-10 minutes till bubbling and brown.
    9. Devour with a side salad (ok that might be pushing it...) but think of all that goodness in the base!

    * Sweetpea Pantry Playful Pizza Dough with chia and flax available at Ocado £4.99 or our new small size at Tesco!

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  3. PPD Lifestyle-19Even with the help of a Sweetpea chia and flax pizza dough mix, pizza dough still has its challenges unless you know a few simple tricks. With these tips, a crispy, delicious, flavoursome pizza is easy (and no recipe needed)!

    1. Yeast is a delicate, living ingredient. You need to activate it with water that is not too hot (which kills its activity) or too cold (needs warmth to begin activating. So make sure your water is lukewarm - warm to the touch (even cooler than a baby's bottle!) but far from hot.

  4. boy rolling SWEETPEA PANTRYChildren and kitchens can be a chaotic combination, but whilst cooking with kids can make you want to tear your flour-caked hair out, it can also be extremely good fun. A freshly baked biscuit held by proud little hands is a rewarding sight, and teaching children how to cook nurtures both skills and happy memories that will last a lifetime. Baking healthy treats together is better still; fill their little bellies with nutritious whole grains and they’ll have plenty of energy for the washing up. Yes, cling on to that hope.

    Sweetpea Pantry’s five tips for kitchen calm

  5. Pizza toppingsMaking homemade pizza is simple and satisfying, and enjoyable for all ages. For less confident cooks it's also pretty hard to go wrong, especially when using our Playful Pizza Dough. We've got some tips here on helping the dough to work its magic.

    Indulge your creative side by having fun with pizza toppings, and experimenting with new combos. It's a great way to use up seasonal veggies and test out new flavours, and you can always pick things off if it doesn't quite go according to plan.

  6. pizzasWhat is it about pizza? Kids go crazy for it. In our family it is the dinner we fall back on when there isn't a lot in the fridge (home-made of course!), or that I choose when I want to get the kids involved in making their own dinner - great for play-dates too.

    So how to make it that bit more nutritious? My top 3 tips are below...

  7. sang choi bao

    We are all about getting the kids involved in the family meal prep - have all the bits ready to go and kids will love making their own little parcels for supper. You can flex the recipe based on their likes / dislikes.

    Sang Choi Bao
    Do all your chopping/prep first, then this is a very quick meal for all the family.

  8. IMG_7248"As a parent I am always trying to make my daughter’s food healthy, fun and tasty. Sweetpea Pantry’s range of pizza dough, pancake, biscuit and flapjack mixes are junk-free and packed with goodness. They are great fun to make, easily veganised, get you spending quality time together in the kitchen and the end product tastes great.

  9. Picture"We had great fun making this with our godparents in Romsey. We visited their farm, so Daddy helped Uncle Alex with his harvesting and Aunty Louisa made 'Chocolate Giggles' with us.

    The new mixtures from SweetPea Pantry are cool and so easy to use, we missed out on the weighing as it was all included in the pack mix. But it was fun to make, easy to roll and shape after it was mixed. Although they say they are very healthy, we still though they were really tasty. So did Daddy and Uncle Alex too!"
     
    See more from the adventures of Lottie and Libby at www.lifeinourvan.com
     
     
     
  10. Jamie and HappinessSo I've always been impressed with what he's done, but given the opportunity to meet Jamie Oliver last week through a small couch session with Huffington Post (we were all a bit teenage-girl-excited about sharing a couch with Jamie), I jumped at the chance to pick his brains about our given topics – Guilt, Happiness and the Rulebook.

    However, it was his passionate unscripted speech at the end of the session that reminded me that the slick marketing machine that is Jamie Oliver, still has at its heart a very passionate and genuine person who is doing his utmost to try and improve the health of our children

  11. fffa16 store supboard winner 72dpi rgb

    So they said... "'Lovely texture – delicious – love the seed balance. Tastes great – really like the nutritious flour mix. Excellent wholemealy and exciting product." And we said Woohoo!

     

    Sweetpea Pantry won the Store Cupboard category for our Grainy Brainy Pancakes at the 2016 FreeFrom Awards in London.

     

    The FreeFrom Food Awards are the industry’s only award for ‘freefrom food’ – gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soya-free etc. The awards are run by the FreeFrom Matters team who also run the Foodsmatter websites, one of the biggest online resources for food allergy and intolerance with over 750,000 unique visitors a year. 300 ‘freefrom’ enthusiasts packed the Osler Room at the Royal College of Physicians in Regents Park in April to watch Antony Worrall Thompson award the winners.

     

    The Sweetpea Pantry Grainy Brainy Pancakes are gluten-free and sugar-free using highly nutritious ingredients such as buckwheat, brown rice, quinoa, teff and flaxseeds and can be made dairy-free. Sweetpea's mixes are designed to make it easier for families to make nutritious and delicious snacks and meals. You can get them from Ocado, Marks & Spencer food halls or here!