The UnYucky Families Blog

Savoury Feta and Tomato Muffins

Savoury Feta and Tomato Muffins

These Savoury Feta and Tomato Muffins are freezeable and lunchbox friendly and can easily adapt to gluten free or alternative flours. Muffins are a great option for 'non-bakers'. They are generally a single bowl mix, like this one , with a lot of forgiveness around...

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Lunch Box Recipe: Bacon & Egg Quiche

Lunch Box Recipe: Bacon & Egg Quiche

Bacon & Egg quiche is a hit dinner, perfect to bring to a picnic, park play date in the school holidays or serve cold for an easy dinner or lunch after a big day.This is a great one to make a double batch of and freeze for busier days. We've made this recipe with...

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Easy Victoria Sponge Cake with Jam and Cream

Easy Victoria Sponge Cake with Jam and Cream

This delicious but impressive looking sponge cake is honestly so easy. The five year old in the photo below made it with very little help! This isn't the fluffy sort of dry sponge cake that requires separating eggs and excessive beating to get the airy and almost...

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Ultimate Beginners Guide to Big Batch Cooking

Ultimate Beginners Guide to Big Batch Cooking

So this is for you if you’re a busy mum and sick of thinking about, shopping for, prepping for and cooking dinners 7 nights a week - oh we hear you, sister!  We’re sick of it too and that’s why we’re here - to ease your cooking burden! What is batch cooking?...

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Child size portion distortion?

Child size portion distortion?

Statistically speaking, our kids are more likely to end up overweight than underweight. So, why do we get so obsessed with them eating everything on their plate at dinner? And are we setting them up to fail by not providing child size portions? I know it may seem...

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Build a meals mindset

Build a meals mindset

Of all the things we are inevitably going to get wrong as a parents, one high anxiety drama can be avoided or fixed by changing the way we think about eating with our children. We can drop our eating mindset and build a meals mindset instead. Here’s a typical thought...

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Is my child eating enough?

Is my child eating enough?

We all worry from time to time whether our children are eating enough. We worry that without enough healthy food their physical development might be affected. We worry about the effect of hunger on their mood. We worry that by eating too little at meal times –...

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You fight, you lose

You fight, you lose

“Don’t eat it then,” says the Lazy Mom. And that’s totally ok… Seriously. The more you fight or plead to get those vegetables down, the harder it gets. Every time you argue or coax a child over food, they win. Every. Single. Time.   Here’s how it works Bribery...

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

I’m not obsessed with hidden vegetables, but that doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes hide them and see if anyone notices! If your family loves chocolate cakes, this version uses up in-season zucchinis and stays super moist with minimal oil because the zukes add a lot of...

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The Eye (I) Spy Game in colours or letters

The Eye (I) Spy Game in colours or letters

I spy with my little eye something the colour of…  I Spy, or Eye Spy, ticks all the boxes of a great dinner game. Why? It adapts to any age group from toddlers to grandparents and yes, that includes smarty-pants tweens and untalkative teens too It’s a turn taking game...

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And baby makes three…

And baby makes three…

What does your family look like, I wonder? You might be partnered or single, blended or firmly separated. You might have one child or several, and maybe you’ve got shared care with extra children some days of the week. I find this whole family dynamics...

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Grandpa’s Underpants, Nana’s Knickers

Grandpa’s Underpants, Nana’s Knickers

Dinner games Grandpa’s Underpants One person answers questions from the other players. The aim of this game is to keep a straight face while you answer Grandpa’s underpants to any question put to you.  If you’re one of the people asking questions, your aim is to...

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Three Wishes

Three Wishes

Dinner games Three Wishes A genie offers you three wishes, what will they be? Why did you choose that? When our family plays this, the only rule is that you can’t wish for more wishes (or for another genie!) If you’ve got more than one child playing, you may need to...

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Would You Rather (Why)?

Would You Rather (Why)?

Dinner games Would You Rather (Why)? This is a game of choices – sometimes disgusting ones! Around the table you take turns posing a question with two options, saying: Would you rather …X or Y… ? Each person says which choice they would make and why. As kids get...

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High-Low-Happy

High-Low-Happy

Would you like to find out what happened at school and work without asking What did you do today? The High-Low-Happy game helps us talk about the good, bad and interesting bits of our days – and get comfort or reassurance without needing to ask for it. Everyone shares...

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Grey lamb and tinned peas

Grey lamb and tinned peas

  . It can ha communications This isn’t a sob story about lousy Christmases: it’s about the power of daily habits on children’s lives.  I grew up in a house with no dining table and a mother who had better things to do than cook. Lamb was served grey, peas came...

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I’m Bec – a journo, mum, educator, foodie and formerly fussy kid.  If you’re a working mum of school-aged children, or anyone who’s time-poor and sick of crappy mealtimes, I’m here to help. Save recipes and games, join events, order my book… and start enjoying your own damn dinner!