One of my goals for the new year is to eat healthier and move more, and in a bid to make a positive start, I bought myself the Pinch of Nom recipe book on Amazon. I have heard so many positive things about Pinch of Nom, and have followed the account across social media so that I get some ideas, but having a physical cookbook has always helped me to feel more motivated, and it is great to refer to quickly and easily when following a recipe.
I meal plan at the start of each week, before going food shopping, so Ed and I sat down with the book and decided on which recipes we would like to try this week. I will admit, I am a little fussy, and I was a bit disappointed that there were only around 1/3 of the recipes in this book that I fancied trying, which is a bit of a shame. I like the look of almost every dish I have seen come up on social media, so I don’t know if maybe I just need a newer book? I will be looking at recipes online alongside this book, either way.
We try and eat with the children as much as possible, although they can be a bit fussy when it comes to food, so on a couple of occasions, we have something a little more adventurous than they do. We wanted to start with something family friendly, so we opted for Campfire Stew, and went from there.
I loved this warming stew. We usually opt for beef or lamb when it comes to a slow cooker meal, so it was nice to mix it up with the gammon. The kids weren’t big fans of the pepper and onion but the leftovers fed me for two lunches and didn’t bloat me as I thought it might.
Lemon & Thyme Roast Chicken
Although tasty, I did feel this was a little overpowering with lemon in places and it also didn’t fill me up as much as others meals. It also took Ed a long time to cook, which was a downside.
If I’m being honest, I was least excited for this meal as I didn’t think I’d like eating the peppers this way. They were actually my favourite out of the meals we tried out! The mixture is really simple to put together and I was surprised how full I felt.
I didn’t even manage to get a photo of these as I was out the night Ed cooked them. They did look really tasty from what I saw of them though, and didn’t take as long as other recipes to cook.
Bacon, Onion and Potato Bake
This was our biggest disaster of the week. It took so long to prepare and cook and, in the end, Ed took it out probably ten minutes too early and the potato was just that bit too raw still. It was very bland and I just didn’t enjoy this meal.
Overall I liked the meals we tried, but I did feel they took quite a while to prepare and cook, which wasn’t ideal for our family. I think we will try and have one or two meals a week from the Pinch of Nom book, but not attempt this many all at once again.
Do you like Pinch of Nom? Any dishes you would recommend?