What’s Planned for this Month

Here’s a look at some of the posts coming up on the blog this month!

  • The Environment will be looking at food packaging and ways to reduce the waste.
  • Food For Walkers will be giving some ideas for lunchboxes.
  • Best will be focusing on walking back packs
  • In Fun Things to do on Walks With Kids we will be looking at an “Alphabet Search”
  • How will be covering How to Read Maps.
  • We will be doing a Quarterly Review in this months blog posts.
  • The Health section will be looking at Heart Health and Walking

We will also be covering the usual Week in Review posts, Nature Table, Fun Facts Friday, Art, Poems and Stories and History!

Stay tuned to read all the posts!

Perfect Pastas

Pasta is such a perfect food for walkers, not only can you eat it hot or cold but it is versatile and can be paired with many different things that may take your fancy.

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite, quick and easy pasta dishes that I have enjoyed both hot and cold and also sharing some suggestions of things to try…

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This is steamed veg and fish pasta with mushrooms that I had a few nights ago.

You will need

  • A handful of mushrooms
  • Pasta (I used Penne but you could use any kind that takes your fancy)
  • A steamer bag of veg (I love the ones which have sweetcorn, carrots and broccoli in them!)
  • Boil in the bag fish (I used fish in butter sauce but you could use fish in parsley sauce, or even make your own sauce and use a fish steak)

I put the pasta and boil in the bag fish on to boil as they cook in roughly the same amount of time.  While the pasta and fish were warming up and starting to cook I prepared the mushrooms by cutting them up into even sized pieces which I then “fried” in a tiny bit of water (I don’t really use oil at all when cooking, or salt…) for around 5 mins.  Once the pasta was cooked I drained it then placed it back in the pan, fished out the boil in the bag fish and opened the packet and added that to the same pan as the pasta.  I then microwaved the steamer bag of veg (the ones I chose take 2.5mins), then add that to the pasta along with the mushrooms, mix and serve!

Other pasta suggestions…

Pasta with tinned, chopped tomatoes, onions, peppers, sweetcorn and olives,

pasta with peas, carrots, broccoli, beans and cheese sauce

Pasta with red kidney beans, broccoli, pesto and spinach

Pasta with mushrooms, pesto, kale and pine nuts.

Pasta with tinned tuna, tinned chopped tomatoes, red pepper and mushrooms

All of these dishes can be served hot or cold and be garnished with finely chopped basil, parsley, Parmesan or nuts.  All can be served with side dishes of salad or crusty bread too!

What do you eat with your pasta?

Food For Walkers – Leftovers Lunches

I started this series last year as I thought it would be nice to share recipes that are either good for taking on walks, are quick and easy to prepare and make for after a walk or something you can make before going out, cook while you are out and it be ready to serve when you get back.  I used to go out on walks with my Aunt and Uncle and they would always have tasty snacks and meals that they had made in their rucksack to eat on the way (always with a flask of tea!), and on returning there would always be something ready and waiting, smelling delicious, or something we could whip up within half an hour.  Since then, if I go out I always like to have something to return to, or take with me!  Many of the recipes and ideas I will be sharing in this series will be vegetarian or have fish in them, I have not eaten meat since I was around 19/20 (though it could be before or after, I can’t really remember the exact date or year!), I know I gave up bacon and lamb first and chicken last.  I gave up meat as I didn’t like the texture or taste or the smell of it cooking though I don’t have anything against people eating meat, I choose not too.  I have continued to eat fish though, I have really fond memories of being little, probably around 3, and sitting with my dad while he showed me how to shell prawns!  I never had a dummy either, I got given frozen crab sticks to gum on!  And I really like the diverse range of fish that are available to eat.  Anyway, that was a little off topic, but I thought I had better explain rather than have questions later!  I will probably, every now and again, share meat recipes (like today…) but most will feature veg options which meat can be added to if you so wish!  Anyway, on to today’s “Food For Walkers” recipes and ideas!

Today’s post is inspired by leftover’s from Christmas and the New Year.

Leftover’s Sandwiches or Rolls

Pretty much any leftovers can be made into sandwiches or rolls, from cold meats, cheeses and even roast veg.  The key to a good leftovers sandwich or roll is the bread type and the condiment you combine with the leftovers.  I love crusty rolls or white bread for leftovers sandwiches personally.  Some ideas to try…

  • Turkey and cranberry
  • Turkey, stuffing and mayo
  • Cheese and cranberry
  • Strong cheddar and brambly apple sauce
  • Roast potato (cut into slices) with Brussels sprouts (cut small) and mint sauce
  • Roast Veg (parsnip, carrots, potato, onion) with gravy

Leftover fruit can be added to oats, honey, plain yogurt and milk, mixed together and left in the fridge overnight to be eaten for breakfast.  This works well with dried fruits and also nuts as well as fresh fruit or tinned.

Leftover dried fruit and nuts can be combined with oats and made into flapjacks that can be wrapped and taken out in a pocket to enjoy on your walks.

And leftover veg can also be added to veg stock and made into a tasty stew or casserole with the addition of pearl barley, lentils or other pulses, for a filling after walk meal, or blended down to make a hearty soup to be enjoyed with fresh crusty rolls.

And I can’t leave out my all time favorite leftover lunch – bubble and squeak!

What are your favorite leftover recipes?