Meal Plan – nearly school holidays!

It’s nearly school holidays, and I’ve got to say that we are really starting to slacken off around here. Last week, thanks to the kids getting all their homework done early, they were allowed to watch a movie during the week (a rare treat during the school term!). So this week is a fairly easy meal plan, I’m still cooking fish a couple of times (still trying to keep up the omegas – whichever one is in fish!), and things like pizza and pasta bakes feature there too! Easy peasy 🙂

Monday: Bolognese pasta bake. This weekend I pulled some vegeful bolognese sauce out of the freezer, but didn’t  use it, so it will be featuring in Monday’s dinner. When you cook your pasta sauce next time, cook a bit extra and pop it into the freezer for weeks when you can’t be bothered. I fill mine with veggies, and the kids are none the wiser. I use it for toasties too. When it’s been frozen and defrosted, I often find it isn’t quite as good as freshly cooked (I’m fussy though 😉  ), so using it in a pasta bake is a great way to refresh it. Just stir it through the pasta (we will be using spelt pasta, still trying to reduce our wheat intake), add a bit of pasatta (pureed tomato sauce) if it seems dry, stir though some grated cheese and top with a generous amount too. You could crumble in feta, ricotta or cottage cheese too. Of course there’s heaps of variations to this recipe depending on what you have on hand. Serve with a large garden salad.

Tuesday: Prawns. I’m thinking to keep it simple, stir fried with a marinade of, grated ginger, grated garlic, lime, soy sauce, chilli sauce and a little bit of honey. Add to it a handful of chopped herbs (parsley or coriander would be lovely), and serve with steamed rice and  steamed vegetables.

Wednesday: Chickpea soup. Again, there’s no recipe link for this. A simple soup that I make, all I do it saute chopped onion, garlic, carrot, zucchini, celery and potato in a little bit of olive oil. Add in a couple of tins of chickpeas (drained and rinsed), water and some stock (I use vegetable stock) and let it simmer away until the veggies are cooked through. Take a couple of ladles of soup into a jug and using a stick blender puree until smooth. Add this back into the pot and stir to combine.

Thursday: Slow cooker chicken casserole.  I’m not entirely sure this will be the recipe I go with, but the basic idea is lots of tomato, onion, garlic, veggies like zucchini, carrot and celery (basic staples in this house), white wine, and slow cooked. It will be simple, served with crusty bread, olives and salad. I may even use fish pieces instead of chicken, just for something different.

Friday: Last day of term, so we will be celebrating with homemade spelt pizzas. Simple and delicious! Just top with your favourites, here we love margherita and pepperoni 🙂

It’s a simple menu plan this week with lots of comfort food that is quick and easy to prepare. What is on your menu plan this week?

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Budget Friendly Meal Plan

This week’s meal plan is a budget friendly one. That’s not to mean that we will be eating pasta or rice all week. Ways that I keep my food costs down is by buying seasonal fruit and vegetables and buying budget cuts of meat, that are still high quality. On to the meal plan… Continue reading

Chocolate pumpkin brownies and this week’s meal plan

Pumpkin is a vegetable that my kids and husband are a bit resistant to. They only tolerate it in very small quantities (if at all), so I am always looking for ways to integrate (read:hide) it in different things I cook.  There’s only so many vegful meatballs they’ll eat, so this week I turned to chocolate to help me out 🙂

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Today, I am sharing a chocolate brownie recipe, which is loaded with pumpkin and the kids gobbled it up! It’s low in fat too (if you’re worried about that type of thing 😉 ).

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Meal Planning for the week ahead

I’ve decided to start up a regular meal planning post on Sunday night. It will usually be a late post, as I don’t normally meal plan until kids are in bed and I’ve done what I need to do for the day. So, you know, probably 11pm 😉 .

I feel bad about my last sooky-la-la post . I have been thinking a lot about how I’ve been feeling, and what I need to do to turn this all around. Admittedly, 3 days away from the house, routine and the kids helped me relax, take some deep breaths, and get into the headspace I needed to be. Adelaide was fantastic, and I loved just walking around all day on my own, ducking into shops, stopping to look at buskers, and having a coffee whenever I wanted, without having to be here, there and everywhere all at once. I’m trying hard to stay in this positive headspace, and part of this is re-establising some sort of organisation around meal planning. Continue reading

Menu Plan FREE printable

I love me a free printable! So, today I am sharing my own menu plan.

Cool things about my menu plan:

  • It’s pretty and colourful (very important!)
  • It has space to list breakfast, lunch and dinner on each day if you wish.
  • There is space to write a shopping list for the meal
  • Space to add appointments to that day, so you know if you have time limitations put on your cooking time
  • It’s FREE!

Download it and print it out each week, or download it once and laminate it. Whatever works for you 🙂

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Get it HERE:  ***** Menu Plan *****

Little changes to make a big difference

When I originally started this blog, my intention was for it to not just be about food. I wanted to talk about my day to day life, and how I organize myself, my four kids and hubby, share my experiences, and in doing so, possibly help other parents who are struggling to keep it together.  Over time, I realized that I really wasn’t organized enough to share any of what I did in my day! I found myself, once kids went to bed, doing an entire day’s cleaning and sorting, even though I had been cleaning and sorting all day. Does that make sense?

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I love a good vintage ad!

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