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Challenge Day 3, Breakfast

Today is a yucky morning, weather wise, and it left the Dinner Mama family needing to get out of the house and on their way to work and school a little more rapidly than normally. That left a breakfast of cereal all round, because it’s quick and easy to both prepare and eat.

Frosted flakes and skimmed milk cost us just 165 calories from our daily calorie budget. On a horrid day like today, we have a warm lunch to look forward to, and a both warm and filling Spanish chicken for dinner tonight!

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Challenge Day 2, Breakfast

This morning my smallest child loudly demanded an “eggy weggy woo” for his breakfast. So off to the kitchen I did trot to cook up a batch of boiled eggs, to refrigerate for later meals and snacks. You can choose to do them one at a time as needed if you wish, but I find this easier.

This left me with a breakfast today of a hard boiled egg and two slices of Hovis Wholemeal bread, toasted, with I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter Light (277 calories in all) with a cup of tea. With the milk in my tea, my breakfast came to a total of 337 calories. This meal can be adapted for baby led weaning by using salt free butter on the toast, and simply slicing the egg in half.


My oldest child had a muffin, and dinner dad had Frosted flakes. My morning snack today is a pear, followed by a small treat-peanut butter on toast, bringing my total to 581 calories for the morning.

Four meals down, 17 more to go.

I’ve added a new section to the site because there was just too much information to add to a single post. See “eggs” at the top.

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Challenge Day 1, Breakfast

This morning saw two different breakfasts being served. The kids had muffins, and the adults had Frosted Flakes with skimmed milk. Our calories totaled just 165, and the children’s-well we don’t count those!

One meal down, 20 more to go!

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1 week's food, total cost £37.67

Dinner Mama Budget Challenge


Dinner mama has a budget that, as a family, we try to follow for our food shopping. However there are unfortunately times when our budget has to be cut, and we have to find ways to feed the family for a lot less.

This week is one of those times. With our toddler’s 2nd birthday coming up, plus another family birthday this week, not to mention the fact that Christmas is just around the corner, we have had found ourselves needing to limit the budget a little more than normal.

So the challenge this week will be to feed our family of four for under £50, for three meals a day, plus snacks. This will not be the healthiest week of our lives for our diet, however will continue to control the calories and keep them beneath our weight loss levels. There will continue to be fresh fruit and plenty of frozen vegetables, and a good variety to our meals.

1 week's food, total cost £37.67

1 week’s food, total cost £37.67

In addition to the food purchased today there are a few other items that will be used or brought fresh, such as milk and bread. These bring the total for the week to £45.90 for all breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. It doesn’t include other essentials, such as toilet roll and laundry products, which we already have in.

This week will see meals that your mum may have made, including roast chicken, sausage and mash, gammon, and pasta.


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The Importance of Portion Control

Weight loss is far easier when you are eating the right amount of calories, but unfortunately too many people today are unable to accurately judge a proper portion size. Instead they use a larger plate or bowl than needed and they fill it up. The result is that they are eating far too many calories even with healthy foods and so are gaining weight. A properly measured portion would

Breakfast cereal is a good example. An average portion size is 30g with 125ml of milk. This is a small portion, but adequate for the first meal of the day (especially when you don’t habitually overeat). The problem is that most cereal bowls will hold twice that easily, and so you double your calories without realising.

The same principle holds true for almost anything. If it doesn’t come in a portion sized packet, then the only way to be sure that you are getting the right amount of calories is to measure it using a very accurate digital scale. Scales like this are available for less than £20 these days.

So go ahead and enjoy your cereal this morning. As long as you make sure you are having a proper size portion, you can have almost any cereal you want (including the naughtier, children’s cereals!).

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Porridge

I have a new addiction. It’s not the most healthy of breakfast foods, I’ll admit, and yet it fits in my calorie plan and it keeps me full for a long time, so it can’t be all bad.

There’s no need for a recipe for this one-this is more a confession than a how-to. I simply add 14g of smooth peanut butter, and 14g of chocolate hazelnut spread (both Asda brand) to my morning Quaker porridge single serving sachet.

This not so healthy breakfast comes in at 365 calories, but goes to show that there is plenty of room for treats in a balanced diet.

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Ham and Egg Breakfast ‘Muffins’

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Breakfast isn’t the easiest of meals in our house, with all of us tending to have either a cereal, or a bread product every day. We don’t get very adventurous because of time constraints, lack of imagination and the difficulty involved in pleasing everyone. These little ‘muffins’ can be made ahead of time, making them easy to prepare on a morning for only those people who want them.

Ham and Egg Breakfast Muffins

When made as follows these muffins are just 128 calories each. An accurate digital kitchen scale is important, as you will need to measure amounts as small as 2g. A deep muffin pan is also needed.

  • 1 pack of Asda cooked ham (18 slices per packet).
  • Heinz tomato ketchup.
  • 48g of grated Lidl lower fat mature cheddar (Cathedral City Light may be used and has the same calories).
  • 6 Asda medium, free range eggs (factory eggs may also be used and cost less).
  • Dried coriander (or any other herbs, to taste).

Line each cup in the muffin pan with a slice of ham. Add 2g of Heinz tomato ketchup into each of these, then top each with 6g of the grated cheddar. Break an egg into each of the ham cups, topping with another 2g each of the cheese and a sprinkling of coriander or your chosen seasoning.


Bake in the middle of the oven for around 20 minutes at 220, or until they are puffed up and beginning to brown on the top. The yolks should be firm. They will collapse a little as they cool. 

They’ll need 20-30 seconds in the microwave tomorrow morning and be served with a slice of Hovis wholemeal toast and 8g of Flora light for a total of 240 calories for breakfast. I can’t wait!

You can save a further 9 calories by using Flora Lighter Than Light instead, making a total of 231 calories instead.


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