Sweetpea Pantry: Blog, Recipes & Reviews

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  1. stirfryWhat makes great family meals? Well, they need to be: 

    Simple – quick, easy recipes that children can get involved in,

    Nutritious – health-enhancing food for the whole family,

    Satisfying – food that gives us pleasure and makes us feel good.

    In our cupboards space is limited, and in our kitchens time is precious. So, our ingredients have to work hard to earn their place. 

    Our favourite meals are those where every single ingredient brings something good to the table. That’s why we cram our baking mixes full of superfoods and whole grains.

    We’re always looking for simple switches and recipe additions that will give our families’ favourite meals a nutritional supercharge, for example:

  2. Sweetpea Pantry Blog:Vegetarian RecipesMaking Meat Free Mondays a regular routine guarantees that, at least one day a week, veggies are the superstars of your main meal and not just sitting on the side-lines. This is good news for you, your pocket and the environment: winner. It’s also a great way to ‘vegucate’ your kids and encourage them to try different seasonal veggies.

    Here are a few autumnal vegetarian recipes that are easy, tasty and satisfying; just what you want to snuggle up with as dinner time darkens and the chill sets in.

  3. yoga fitness photoBeing avid bakers ourselves, we were unsurprised to see the results of a recent study that claims 1 in 3 Britons bake to de-stress (Independent 29 March). We are big fans of rolling up the sleeves and whisking up a healthy treat or two to put our focus on something positive. We are also big believers that food made with love tastes better and is better for your body! However we know that getting down in the kitchen isn’t everyone’s cup of tea (that’s why we created our mixes: to make it easier, less time consuming and less messy!) so here’s a few other tips to help stay calm…

  4. chocolate truffle with raw cacao

    It’s that time of year when it is chocolate time!

    Ok, if we’re honest then every week is chocolate week in this particular pantry. But this week it’s kind of official and, man, are we making the most of it. However there are only so many Easter eggs you can eat (we're more fans of the dark and delicious style), and we like to add a litttle variation into our chocolate diet. As you know, we’re big fans of raw cacao which features in our Chocolate Giggles Biscuit Mix which you can get from Sainsbury's. 

    Raw cacao has so many benefits, aside from being utterly delicious. To name just a few:

    Cacao makes you happy, thanks to natural mood enhancer phenyl ethylamine (PEA)

  5. Cookies 4So the snow is past (we think), spring has sprung and we are feeling somewhat light-hearted and giggly (we didn't have a sneaky early tipple we promise!). So to celebrate, we set the lovely Sam Hadadi to work with a packet of our Giggles biscuits to see if she could take them to the next level and take a look - these taste AMAZING! Find our giggles biscuit mix at Sainsbury's or Ocado and have a go at this version. Try resisting these!


  6. Energy Bars 5This week we’ve been in a bit of a flapjack frenzy. I don't know what it is about this time of the year, but it seems like an extra boost of energy (or a good-for-you sweet treat perhaps?) is needed, and there have been plenty of calls for high energy snacks across my family.

    We took the opportunity to experiment with a few additions to our mix, and thought we’d share our new combos with you as you can really add extra protein and fibre with a few delicious additions. 

  7. SOF Super Oat bowl Granola smallAs breakfast fans, we had to give this alternative recipe for our mixes a try and it is truly delicious. And with so much sugar in many of the the ready-made cereals out there, this gives you the option of adding how much you like and what you like (honey, maple syrup, date syrup or golden syrup).

    1 x 230 grams Sweetpea Pantry Super Oat Flapjack mix with quinoa and flax

    100 grams coconut oil

    3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

    We also like to add a handful of crushed nuts and/or seeds- pecans, hazelnuts, sunflowers seeds

    Melt your oil and syrup together and add to your Sweetpea mix.

    Stir well and lay into square baking tray, approx 1-2 cm high.

    Bake in pre-heated moderate oven for 10-15 minutes until lightly brown and crispy at the edges. Let cool, but while still slightly warm break with spoon or fingers into chunks of oaty deliciousness.

    Serve sprinkled over natural yoghurt with nuts, seeds and berries – Devour!

     

  8. rhubarb ginger crumbleYou asked, and we deliver! By popular demand here is another delicious recipe using our flapjack mix - this time to make a seriously rocking crumble. This has been designed for us by the talented Emily of @wrightfoodie. Do let us know what you think.
     
    Vegan Ginger, Thyme and Rhubarb Crumble
  9. energetic kids

    Most parents will agree that little ones are never-ending, exhausting balls of energy.

    Whether our kids are cartwheeling across the garden, boogying in the kitchen to loud music, racing through the playground or skipping along the pavement, they are always on the move.

    However draining that can be for us grown-ups, it’s great for them! We want our kids to stay active, and to encourage them to keep moving and grooving. It promotes healthy habits for life.

    Yet, after a tiring day at school or a manic play date, even the most energetic of children can start to flag. So, what can we do to help?

    Happily, there are all sorts of delicious, nourishing foods that can help to boost energy– and they’re all child-friendly, even for the fussiest of eaters! Here is our pick of the very best foods to re-energise your little ones.

  10. Energy Bars Super Oat FlapjackWho doesn't need more energy? When is comes to the pressures of daily life, whether you have kids in tow, you are in the midst of university studying, or slogging it out on the corporate ladder, eating well and keeping your energy up is vital.

    We asked inspirational blogger Samantha Hadadi from Nourished Naturally to come up with a new recipe using our Super Oat Flapjack (which is already pretty fabulous with wholegrain oats, quinoa and flaxseeds) and take it up a notch so you can make your own incredible Energy Bars that will keep that energy going for you. And look at the result - the perfect sweet treat you can feel good about!

  11. SOF Crumble smallWith my family big fans of pudding, this recipe gets a real work-out in our house. Very versatile as can be used for any number of fruit bases - rhubarb and apple, mixed berry, apricot, apple - anything really. As mini-anything goes down well with the little tasters in our family, I find myself making a batch of mini versions of these and wacking half in the freeer for next supper time. Righteous easy home baking!