Feeding time at the zoo

Feeding Time At The Zoo and Bolognese Recipe

Louise Advice, Guest posts, Recipes

Okay, so how many of you struggle to think of new healthy, cheap meals for your family?

✋🏼 I do!!

It’s quite a pressure I feel!

And how many of you have fussy eaters???!

Hmm…that’s what I thought.

As you can imagine out of my five children, only one of them (Sophia), my eldest, will eat anything I put in front of her.

The others, well… I have no words.

Evidently, they, along with the hubby, are professional food critics. Nothing ever seems good enough.

My life, however, is a constant battle between my love for food and not wanting to get fat.

It can be very disheartening, to say the least.

How we are expected to parent in 2018

Now I read this next quote on social media and thought how unrealistic these new pressures are expected from us all with society these days. I also did have to giggle at it, as it’s so true!

How to be a parent in 2018,

make sure your children’s academic, emotional, physiological, mental, spiritual, physical, nutritional, and social needs are met, while being careful not to over stimulate, under stimulate, helicopter, or neglect them in a screen free, process foods free, GMO free, negative energy free, plastic free, body positive, socially conscious, egalitarian but also authoritative, nurturing but fostering of independence, gentle but not overly permissive , pesticide free two-story, multilingual home, preferably in a cul-de-sac with a garden with 1.5 siblings, spaced at least 2 years apart for proper development,

and also don’t forget the coconut oil!

Doing our best

No wonder we are constantly beating ourselves up.. these words are EVERYWHERE!!

At the end of the day, all we want is the best for our children. And what works for some, do not work for others. We all have different needs, so keep doing what you’re doing!!

Back to food

So what I have been trying to say, in my case, Is I find it hard to please everyone’s tastebuds at meal times.

I refuse to make a number of different dishes each night just to please them! I am not a restaurant nor trying to please high-end food critics. I’m simply a mum that is trying her best, and trying to fill bellies with goodness.

My new saviour!

I have become a little busier lately; therefore sometimes I have not got the time to make complicated dishes or prep hours in advance. This is where my new saviour comes into it. Can anyone guess what it could be?

My good old slow cooker!!

Now to those that don’t own one, they are absolutely fab!! And not too expensive either! I can shove things in, put it on low, and forget about it until it’s time to eat!!

There are hundreds of easy recipes online, and there are a few groups on Facebook also if you need any inspiration.

If you already have a slow-cooker and don’t use it, go on!..dust it off and get experimenting!

My kids favourite slow cooker meals are lasagna, cottage pie, curry and pasta bake, to name a few.

Allowing little hands could help out and getting them involved in mealtimes has great benefits! Planning is the key.

Taking the stress out of food

This is no magic cure to get your kids to enjoy what you cook, I still struggle and probably always will, to keep my lot happy all of the time.

It’s all about trial and error, so please don’t beat yourself up when they don’t eat what you put in front of them.

Make it fun, try and plan mealtimes so that it makes it that bit easier for you.😀

My Bolognese recipe


you can add anything that you’d like; it’s all about preference.

Add veggie mince instead of beef mince if you are catering for a vegetarian or fancy an alternative.


2 x 400g tins plum tomatoes

small pack basil, leaves picked, ¾ finely chopped and the rest left whole for garnish

1 tsp dried oregano

2 fresh bay leaves

2 tbsp tomato purée

1 beef stock cube

1 red chilli, seeded and finely chopped (optional)

125ml red wine (optional)

6 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

(I also add a jar of shop bought bolognese sauce and sometimes add some pesto sauce in the mix too)

A few splashes of Worcester sauce (optional)


2 medium onions, finely chopped( I grate the onion as I have fussy monsters)

2 carrots, trimmed and finely chopped (again I grate)

2 celery sticks, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed


500g beef mince or a pack of vegetarian mince.


The Method to use in slow-cooker


Put all of the ingredients in the slow-cooker, in any order. Mix together, then put the lid on.

Cook on slow for 4-5 hours.

And forget about it until it’s ready.


Once you are ready to eat, cook up some spaghetti pasta, and voila, enjoy!!


If you are looking for a slow-cooker


There are many many recipes out there, and I hope I have inspired a few of you to look into slow cooker cooking.

Amazon has a variety of them on their site. If you are looking to buy one, I would highly recommend buying one with an aluminium cooking pot rather than the ceramic pot. Not only is it lighter, but it’s also easier to clean and less chance of smashing it.

Here is a link to one I personally have, you can order it in a variety of sizes to suit your family size.

Products from Amazon.co.uk

Here is a link to a very good slow-cooker recipe book to those who like their recipes in one place.


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