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Two out of five Irish people are now skipping a hot evening meal, saying they just don’t have enough time to cook, according to research from Whirlpool. While conventional ovens take up to 15 minutes to heat up, Whirlpool new 6th Sense Ready 2 Cook Technology heats an oven to optimal temperature at the touch of button. Whirlpool ambassador Catherine Fulvio, right, who has used 6th Sense appliances for the past year in her home and cookery school said: “For families who love to cook it’s an investment I’d definitely recommend. My children come in starving from school every day and having their dinner on the table in less time is a great start to the evening.”

Multi task:

Two new products from Prestige designed to help you whizz up healthy soups and smoothies are the 3-n-1 Multi Mixer, €54 and the Smoothie Mix and Go, €30. Both have a detachable BPA-free drinks holder for busy households looking for healthy options on the go, like a smoothie for a bike ride or a lunch box. And if you are taking part in Veganuary, check out the recipe for the Coconut and Kale Smoothie at

Bean helpful:

The Cool Bean Company’s cannellini bean meal-in-a-pot offers a healthy alternative to a ready meal that’s high in protein and fibre, low in fat, salt and calories and gluten-free. Created by Corkonian Sarah O’Connor and Isolde Johnson from Tipperary, for anyone trying to balance a hectic lifestyle and a healthy diet, Cool Beans have found favour not just with young adults but also parents looking for something quick and healthy to feed their families. To celebrate the International Year of Pulses in 2016, the company is planning a series of online and instore events. Cool Beans are €3.49 for 400g pots in SuperValu and are available in three flavours — original tomato, smokey paprika and hot chilli. Try them as main on toast, or a baked potato or as a side or sauce over fish, meatballs or pasta, with recipe ideas at

Two words:

Bronchostop from Omega Pharma is designed to relieve dry and chesty coughs. It’s a traditional herbal formula with thyme and marshmallow root extracts and can be taken by adults and children aged 12+, though not if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. As well as cough syrup, €6.99, Bronchostop is available as a berry-flavoured pastille, €3.99 for 10, from pharmacies;


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