Real food battles

Finding recipes that the whole family will eat is a challenge in itself, but finding a meal that incorporates my new ethos, real food, is proving difficult. This alone reinforces my decision, the food they love is full of additives, sugar and god know what else, obviously things that appeal to the taste buds.
This worries me, it makes me wonder what damage I could have done by doing what I thought was best, feeding them food that when they were little said it was suitable but actually wasn’t. Convenience seems to take over lives and blinds us of the costs.
This is an adaptation of a Pioneer Woman recipe, I do love her recipes, I tend to use them as a base and then amend them as I go along, adding in things we like, or healthier alternatives.
Sunshine Pasta

Sunshine Pasta


  • Pasta, enough for 4 people
  • 4 Chicken breasts, sliced
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • Large handful of cherry tomatoes chopped in half
  • Large handful spinach
  • Parmesan Cheese shavings
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to instructions
  2. Heat oil and butter in large frying pan
  3. Add the chicken and season with salt and pepper
  4. Cook until golden and then set aside
  5. Add garlic and quickly cook without burning
  6. Add wine and stock and allow to reduce for 5 minutes
  7. Remove from heat and add tomatoes season to taste.
  8. Add chicken and spinach to pan.
  9. Add Parmesan and combine all ingredients.
  10. Serve with crusty bread.
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31 Comment

  1. It’s crazy the amount of additives in so called ‘children’s food’ I admire your determination to eat clean. In general we do this also…. Except chicken nugget Friday….. I kid

  2. I like when there is alcohol in the recipe 🙂 This adds color into the daily routine

  3. I would love to feed my son more ‘real food’ but it’s a challenge when my husband has a very limited palate. I am constantly cooking separate meals!

  4. This recipe sounds lovely – was it a success at home? x

  5. This sounds delicious. I started a ‘clean eating’ program last summer and sometimes I despair when we go out for lunch or dinner. It seems to be so hard to find anywhere that uses real ingredients, especially if you’re just after a quick bite to eat! We need more affordable healthy options, especially if we want our kids to eat well too. We try to cook from scratch for them but have to admit don’t always manage it xx

  6. i’m a huge advocate of cooking from scratch, that way i know what i’m actually feeding the family! i feel there are more health options out there now for children and the family.
    Cydney x

  7. I agree. Since we started paying more attention to the ingredients list of the food we buy, we started getting more paranoid because of all the things in there we cannot even pronounce! Making things from scratch is a better option – I can’t always tell if it’s 100% healthier but at least I know what’s in it 🙂

  8. Yum, sounds very simple and delicious! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  9. Loving the simplicity of this recipe, I have not had pasta in a while so I need to copy your adapted sunshine pasta recipe

  10. Cooking at home is so much healthier, it’s scary sometimes seeing recipes full of extra ingredients that aren’t essential. Ia actually love basic flavours, and feel all the additional ingredients take away from the freshness of the main ingredients- it took me a while though to get to that point hahah. It was like a sugar weaning programme! x

  11. We have done clean eating for a while now and it is difficult to do meals for the whole family our littlest is the easiest to feed she will have almost anything but she’s always had a healthy diet. Our 4 year old is just started having a try at new things but we do find we eat the same meals over and over. The pasta looks yummy!

  12. This sounds utterly delicious. It’s the kind of recipe I would enjoy cold the next day for lunch too, but I don’t think there would be much left !

  13. Alice Project: Wanderlust says: Reply

    You cannot beat a simple pasta dish in the summer months can you

  14. This sounds like the sort of meal my lot would love (although I’d make a veggie version!). I try to cook from scratch as much as I can, but I’ll admit, it’s not always easy when we’re eating around activities and sports!

  15. The sunshine pasta looks lovely! My kids adore pasta 🙂

  16. This Sunshine Pasta sounds really yummy. I love Pasta so I will be trying this soon.

  17. We love pasta in this house and this is certainly a recipe I will try. It looks so tasty and healthy too x

  18. My daughter loves pasta in any form. This looks like it is full of good stuff.

  19. I LOVE pioneer woman recipes too. It can be really hard moving to a scratch cooking regime. Try not to be disheartened. I would say get the kids involved, they might eat if they are involved in cooking. Find some base foods that they will eat and then move forward. Fast food for us is eggs, so this week I did omelettes when I would have normally grabbed for convenience food.

  20. Pioneer woman is amazing

    I like to try and eat clean where I can

  21. That pasta looks yummy! Ive been wanting to start clean eating for months now but trying to get the motivation to do it is hard in its self, especially when you like chocolate so much haha! My son would also love this pasta so i might have to get it a go!

  22. That sounds like a delicious meal! Since Martha’s birth we’ve not eaten as well as we should, convenience has taken over, but generally I do a weekly meal plan with as much as possible cooked from scratch and I’m looking forward to getting back on it xx

  23. That looks delicious, I do enjoy plain and simple food and do grow my own herbs

  24. I nearly always cook meals with fresh ingredients for my children, they would love this dish as pasta is their favourite meal x

  25. I am struggling to find family meals too, especially when the kids never want to eat. I took to Pinterest the other day and cooked 2 meals. To my surprise they ate them both. I will have to try this one. The only thing is that my boy turns down any meal that his chicken in it.

  26. This sounds ideal for eating alfresco with summer on the way! x

  27. This sounds great white wine and chicken go great together I’m going to have to give it a try.

  28. We mostly cook our own food, but once or twice a week we do something involving a jar or something. I could do with some new ideas for easy family meals though.

  29. Hey Kizzy!

    I found my way back to the blogosphere. I am also taking my family on this whole food path.

    Buying convenience is easy so it is all about finding ways to making real food more convenient, it certainly takes commitment, but it feel right.

    Slow living takes us down many paths doesn’t it?

    Have a beautiful weekend, and I hope the sun shines for you.


  30. I like sound of this recipe I find it hard to make meals for my 17 month old as he is so fussy. It doesn’t help that he doesn’t like pasta.

  31. I love the sound of this, I am a huge fan of pasta in any form, so this is right up my street x

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