Sian Breslin
It's Siân, pronounced Shan. I'm Welsh. I am also called mum, at times... I write about the importance of healthy family eating and discuss topical family lifestyle issues.

I was born in Wales but have made Ireland my home for the past 30 years. A professional home economist and busy mum of 3, my 25 years of experience teaching thousands of youngsters and parents home management and cooking skills offer a unique insight into family cooking. Having slowly watched the world of food change hands from mums in aprons in the kitchen, to men in white jackets in laboratories; I founded Sian's Plan to bring back the joy of healthy cooking to parents through effective home management and basic cooking skills.

Entries by Sian Breslin

How to Successfully Bake Courgettes in the Oven Every Time

(0) Comments | Posted 26 August 2014 | (14:18)

Courgettes (or zucchinis as our friends in the USA call them) are easily prepared and full of health properties, whether it's helping to prevent colon cancer or to sharpen our eyesight. Random fact of the day is that courgettes are actually a fruit because they contain seeds. Not...

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Nine Junk Foods Made Healthy

(0) Comments | Posted 11 August 2014 | (11:55)

We often find ourselves reaching for junk food. There is no harm in a treat every now and again, but some junk foods are worse than others and often there are other options which taste just a good. Here are 9 of the most unhealthy food choices and my tips...

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10 Healthy Breakfasts for a Summer Morning

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2014 | (09:38)

Do you remember the jingle 'go to work on an egg?' You probably don't, however it is embedded in my family life through clever marketing in the late 50s and into the early 70s. It serves as a good reminder as to how important the first meal of the day...

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Are Eggs Healthy or Not?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2014 | (15:50)

I was very surprised to read recently that in 2007 the British Egg Marketing Board had plans to air once again the iconic adverts of the 50s, 60s and 70s: 'Go to Work on an Egg'. However they failed to get the advertisement past the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre because...

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Eight of the Healthiest Cooking Methods

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2014 | (13:51)

Cooking a meal from scratch every day is one step in the right direction to healthy, happy families. However, the choice between whether you deep fry in lots of oil, or grill with a dry rub can affect the level of goodness you get. Did you know the combination of...

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Superfoods: Miracle Foods or a Waste of Money?

(1) Comments | Posted 11 July 2014 | (00:00)

The Superfood! Does it wear spandex and emit powers from its fingers like any good superhero? Does it have a separate identity that only comes out when danger strikes? Will it save the day when junk food rears its ugly head? All shall be revealed in: The Superfood! Coming soon...

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Seven Foods That Chefs Cheat With

(0) Comments | Posted 30 June 2014 | (11:34)

How many times have you eaten out and wished that you could rustle up dishes just like the restaurant chef did? While many chefs are supremely talented professionals and can creatively prepare the tastiest, healthiest meals, many of them pump up the flavour of the food to the detriment of...

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10 Must-Try Summer Smoothies

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2014 | (13:48)

I have written about the high levels of sugar in some smoothies before, but if you get the ingredients right, there really is no better way to punch in a load of goodness and energy than with a long cool glass of nutritionally loaded fruit/vegetable smoothie.

I've set out my...

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Ten Foods That Will Stop You Snacking

(0) Comments | Posted 17 June 2014 | (00:00)

Here are my fail proof filling foods that will stop you snacking throughout the day!

  1. Wholegrain Bread
  2. Complex carbohydrates such as wholegrain bread, granary bread and seeded bread all help us to stay full for longer. While the whole grain has been rolled to aid the bread making process,...

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10 Meat Free Sources of Protein

(4) Comments | Posted 9 June 2014 | (12:05)

You've decided to go meatfree (even just for an evening). Here are some protein rich foods that can replace your forsaken steak...

  • Fish
  • Steamed, poached or grilled salmon provide the best source of complete protein in the fish category. With 33.8 grams of protein in an adult portion of...

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    Six Ideas to Use Up Leftover (or Canned) Fish

    (0) Comments | Posted 2 June 2014 | (11:59)

    So you cooked the fish, ate your fill and still have some left over. Unlike chicken, turkey beef and lamb, ideas for fish leftovers are sparse. One tip is to think of cooked fish liked tinned fish (i.e. tuna, salmon). Suddenly using it up seems much easier. Here's some extra...

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    Happy National Vegetarian Week - Can You Do a Meatless Week?

    (0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2014 | (12:42)

    Here at Sian's Plan we always like to plan one or two meatless main meals a week. But could we go without meat for a full week and more importantly should we? There's no better time to challenge ourselves as this week, 19 - 25 May 2014, is...

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    Three Cleaning Products You Don't Need to Buy

    (0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2014 | (13:15)

    With Spring in the air and the sun showing up every speck of dust, grime and scratch around the home, it's time to get out the pot of elbow grease and get cleaning.

    However, before you reach for the corrosive, expensive, potentially health damaging chemical cleaners, why not have...

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    Vegetables - The Elixir of Life?

    (0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (11:15)

    What if I said that I could help you reduce the risk of dying before your time by 42%? Where do I sign, I hear you say? I'm not looking for you to go on an Indiana Jones style quest or even sign away your life possessions. All I ask...

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    Blame Granny

    (0) Comments | Posted 14 April 2014 | (10:17)

    If your child is fat, blame granny (and I'm guessing also granddad!) For years you've dumped them on your aging parents, collected them when it suited you and now you can blame them for making your kids fat.

    Research data from the Millennium Cohort Study, University College...

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    Look Back to Look Forward

    (0) Comments | Posted 7 April 2014 | (11:38)

    I was feeling a little reflective over the weekend, what with the big birthday and all that. 1954; not only the year I landed on this planet, but also the year that food rationing in post war Britain finally ended. 60 years later (shhh... don't tell anyone) with the myriad...

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    Five Quick and Easy Desserts

    (0) Comments | Posted 31 March 2014 | (10:04)

    Last week was a great week. The upside was that I celebrated not only one, but three, special occasions: wedding anniversary, birthday and mother's day. The downside was that all my celebrations come together within a few days.

    It was also a time for a lot of desserts. Now...

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    In Celebration of World Home Economics Day

    (0) Comments | Posted 24 March 2014 | (11:12)

    Last Saturday 21st March 2014 we celebrated World Home Economics Day 2014: "Empowering Individuals, Families and Communities - Through Home Economics." Before you get turned off by these seemingly old fashioned words, let me tell you how Home Economics has led my life from young child, to mum, to professional...

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    Is Eating in the New Eating Out?

    (0) Comments | Posted 17 March 2014 | (10:25)

    Where Did You Eat Last Night?

    Was it 'in' (referring to homemade food) or 'out' (referring to everything else - don't try and fool me with your readymade meals! :))

    It won't surprise me if the answer is 'out' if you are a young professional living in Dublin, London...

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    (1) Comments | Posted 10 March 2014 | (10:19)

    I wandered lonely as a cloud
    That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
    When all at once I saw a crowd,
    A host, of golden daffodils.

    Nothing like a bit of William Wordsworth to get you going on a March morning. But I quote him, not...

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