Mum’s easy food solutions recipe for success
A Coast mum, cookbook author and educator behind a successful blog and online community credits her 27,000 followers to easy, "real and delicious" food.
UnYucky blog writer Bec Lloyd aims to help busy mums create realistic meal plans, free up mealtimes for conversation and connection and help deal with fussy eaters.
In the past year the UnYucky community has grown to 27,000 followers.
Ms Lloyd said her success came from real, delicious food, put together in easy-to-follow plans and recipes.
Famous for including achievable recipes in her weekly plans, Bec said in order for a meal plan to work, it "has to reduce stress and the kitchen workload, not add to it".
The Mooloolah-based author and creator recently expanded to buy out national meal-planning and recipe database, Mamabake.
Ms Lloyd uses a two-hour kitchen prep plan that creates a week of meals and recipes that can be completely done with one pan to avoid piles of washing up.
She also provides tips and advice for mealtimes that are less work.
Ms Lloyd's research found that it is the act of shared mealtimes that allows for bonding.
"Eating together is just as important as the food itself," she said.
"Everybody has to eat, and ideally everybody should eat together at least a few times a week."
She said because of smartphones and tablets, kids were learning to eat by sitting at a screen.
"It's how you get peace on a rare coffee and pram date with a friend, for instance, and I totally understand that," she said.
"But it's also pretty common to hear a mum say 'It's the only way I can get them to eat anything' as she sets up a couple of iPads behind the kids' plates at home.
"I'd just say there are times when that makes sense but there are other strategies out there too, which are a lot more fun for everyone."
Titled "Flawsome Family Mealbook", Ms Lloyd's book is available for $11 as an ebook or $38.50 in print.
You can find her recipes and family meal plans at unyucky.com and on Facebook.