I normally prefer to make food from scratch which takes time but then I can eat food the way I like it. It’s sort of an everyday luxury. Every so often though, life just gets too big and busy. Sometimes you just need to save some time whenever it’s possible. Like getting home later than planned, unexpected guests popping around, or you’re just too tired to cook.
Now I have just recently been sent some goodies by Sweetpea Pantry and they are basically solve this problem of “don’t feel like cooking tonight”. They produce healthy, wholesome and flavourful dough mixes for pizzas, pancakes, brownies and more. From their range I tested their pizza dough and the pancake mix. My son is a not only a huge pizza fan, he actually lives almost exclusively on pizza.
Even though the dough mix contains super nutritious chia and flax seeds as well as wholemeal flour, this fact was completely disregarded by the wee man, the pizza went down just as well as it normally does. I use wholemeal flour whenever I can, as it contains extra vitamin B, fibre, folate, Omega 6 fatty acids and doesn’t give you energy over-load, but releases the energy slowly. I also used a veg loaded pizza sauce, which was well received too, find the recipe here: Homemade Pizza Sauce With Extra Veggies Recipe It’s a great way to smuggle more healthy vegetables into their favourite meal.) So the pizza dough mix passed the test.
A few days later I tried the pancake mix out. I thought the kids (and me) deserved a yummy hump day lunch. The pancake mix is made of buckwheat and quinoa flour, which is great protein source and also provides calcium and iron. Flax seed and teff grains added as an extra source of Omega 3 fatty acids, fibre and vitamin C. Now that’s one healthy pancake!
Both chief testers absolutely loved it. I made American style pancakes for a change as I normally prefer to make crepes. I also mashed half a banana into the mix and added an extra 50ml milk to the mixture. So it was still sugarfree but naturally sweetened by the fruit sugar. (Mean mummy didn’t give maple syrup to the kids. She only used some for the pancake photos and later she ate them. Self – sacrifice, I know, that’s what we mothers do, on a daily basis.)
What I loved most about the mixes:
- No added sugar
- Good source of fibre and protein as well as some vitamins
- Ideal size of packaging
- All natural ingredients
- Instructions easy to follow
- Ready food in no time
- No mess
- Products are available in Sainsbury’s and Ocado (I do supermarket shopping online)
I’ll be definitely keeping these in the pantry for busy days!