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Will Your Children Eat Healthy Food? Let’s See if Mine Will

SATURDAY – Simple Roast Chicken

Every day this week I am going to cook an easy, affordable, home-cooked meal for my whole family and see if anyone will eat it. What could go wrong?!

Meet the family

Master N – aged three and also a pain in the bum, mainly because he is three. Master N can be extremely picky with food and has been known to have major meltdowns if he doesn’t like the look of the meal placed before him (in which case he will flatly refuse to eat anything at all even if it means no food until breakfast the next day). He will happily eat tinned baked beans and little sausages every single day, or failing that anything ready made from the freezer. Often bursts into tears at the sight of a lovingly cooked meal intended for his consumption. Likely to show me up this week.

Miss N – a five year old force to be reckoned with. Dresses in pink a lot, loves fairies, butterflies and chocolate. Miss N looks like an angel but has a bit of a temper. She is pretty game as far as food is concerned and is looking forward to rating her teas throughout the week. I’m not expecting her to show me up, but if she’s in a bad mood we will need to take cover.

Mr N – my lucky husband! A pain to cook for because he is gluten-intolerant and also can’t eat coconut or large amounts of tomatoes without it making him ill for days. He doesn’t do much cooking himself because he has an uncanny ability to suck all of the flavour out of food. I won’t tell you how old he is, other than to say he is five years younger than me, a fact that upsets me daily.

Meal: Simple Roast Chicken

Preparation: I put the seasoned chicken in the oven, then after 45 minutes I also put the new potatoes in the oven to roast (I left the skins on the potatoes, cut them in half and drizzled with olive oil). I peeled and chopped the carrots and boiled. I served instant Bisto gravy with the children’s meals which is not clean, but it meant they ate the food without complaining – so I’m ok with that.

Time to prepare: Prep time – 10 minutes, Cook time – 90 mins

Skill level: Easy


Miss N – Yummy, I love roast chicken (cleared her plate).

Master N – It’s not my favourite meal (i.e. its not a tin of beans and little sausages) but I’ll eat it grudgingly because I’m hungry (ate it all except one of the potatoes).

Mr N – Urgh roast chicken again? Ok it’s nice but a bit boring. (To be fair we have eaten a lot of roast chicken lately but as I’m hoping to show you, it is really cheap and can make good leftover meals).

Me – Very easy to prepare and cook, and on the whole appreciated all round. I think we may lay off roast chicken for a few weeks after this though and do something different next week.

Cost for my family of 4: £3.15 (Ingredients from ASDA)

Day 2: Sunday – Mini Cottage Pies


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