Category Archives: MEAL PLANNING

Vegetarian Meal Planning

If you love minimalism as much as I do, you will appreciate anything that saves you time in the long run and gives you more quality time to spend with your family. One of those time-saving things is meal planning! It might take a little bit of your time initially, but once you’re in the rhythm and do it regularly, you will be reaping the rewards of meal planning in no time! Since I’m no expert in vegetarian meal planning, today on the blog, I invited Magda from The Togetherish, to share why and how she plans her weekly meals for her vegetarian family!

Vegetarian Meal Planning

I have been vegetarian for about 10 years now, and my husband is a lifelong vego (he has never eaten a bit of meat) so vegetarianism comes quite naturally to us these days. It is well and truly our norm. I tend to meal plan as a way to keep on budget and get organised for the week ahead. With two toddlers in the household, things can get pretty chaotic, so I like to keep meal times pretty simple. My general rule of thumb is that it needs to be prepared in 30ish minutes, only have a handful of ingredients and can be prepared one handed with a baby on the hip.

I often get asked by those who are unfamiliar with the vegetarian diet, about where we get our protein and iron. It is not something that I plan consciously but we have never had a problem with deficiency, aside from me in the first few months after giving birth. We tend to eat lots of legumes, beans, nuts and green leafy veggies. We also eat quinoa with dinner as a weekly staple and most days we sneak nuts into our breakfasts and smoothies.

I try to keep meal planning quite simple. We like good quality foods and quick meals to prepare. Usually, I plan out the dinners for the week ahead and then create a loose guide for breakfast and lunch. I look at the week ahead to see what we have on, what time we will be home, and what we should eat. Then, I break things down based on the main ingredient or style of the meal I have in mind, for example: lentils, eggs, soup, mexican, pasta, roast vege, pizzas, etc, and I do my shopping accordingly. I then tend to decide on the actual meal on the day, depending on what I feel like. So if it is an ‘eggs day’, we might have quiche, or egg burgers or omelettes.

Vegetarian Meal Planning

Sometimes I find that I have to plan a separate meal for the kids. I only do this if I know we are going to be home late and I will have to rush to get them bathed, fed and into bed. This is often the case on daycare days. Our go-to kids’ dinners are ‘funny faces’, which is just a plate of vegies arranged in a face, or noodles with broccoli. They love both options and they are quick to prepare.

Vegetarian Meal Planning

My husband and I both come home from work to eat lunch, so I ensure I make large quantities at dinner time in order to have enough leftovers to cover lunch. The kids are currently enjoying having a snack plate on the go all day, which I like to stock with fruit and vegetables, crackers and baked goods. I try to bake on the weekends if I get the chance so that we have lots of snack options.

Breakfasts seem to consistently be smoothies, weet bix,  homemade granola or toast with peanut butter most week days. I like to have granola on hand for either breakfast or a snack, as I find it is a good way to get lots of good nuts and seeds into us all, to make sure everyone gets a good hit of healthy fats and nutrients.Vegetarian Meal PlanI look forward to sharing an example of a weekly meal plan and some recipes soon!

Magda is a mumma to the most vivacious little girl and mischievous little boy, her weekdays involve many bubachino bribes in coffee shops for a moment of adult conversation, pushing 30kg-ish of toddler around the streets of Brisbane, dreaming up home decor DIY’s, pinching lengths of devils ivy from neighbourhood gardens and juggling chasing her dreams of living a creative life with the reality of folding endless laundry. And just trying to keep it ‘togetherish’. Find her blogging over at The Togetherish, or follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

Stay tuned for Magda’s Full Week’s Vegetarian Meal Plan and some of her recipes! To not miss out, follow The Sane Mum on Facebook for the latest blog updates!

Healthy Eating: Homemade Bread

I am prioritising healthy eating for our family!

We have recently been quite busy, resulting in having a few too many convenience meals! We normally eat quite healthy, so I am on a mission to start us all eating well again! One of my first steps towards healthy eating: mastering homemade bread! It has been quite a journey, and I am nowhere near having mastered this task, but I have found a great recipe that worked for me, so I’d love to share it with you!

Homemade Bread

Here are two great reasons why it’s a good idea to bake your own bread:         Continue reading

Meal Planning

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The Sane Mum’s Meal Planning

In support of utilising each and every moment of your life purposefully, in this section I will provide my Meal Plans with links to recipes and full shopping lists! I find that Meal Planning is a huge sanity-saver and it is a crucial step in eliminating over-spending on last minute shopping trips and take-out. This is also the place where I will talk about once-a-month-shopping and how it helps us stay on budget and how it ties in with my Meal Planning.

Meal Planning

Amazing Guide to Lunches by Kylie from Kidgredients

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Pierogi Ruskie Recipe

I promised a regular recipe for Pierogi Ruskie when I posted the gluten free recipe! It’s taken me way too long, but here it is! This is a recipe passed down from my Grandmother, translated from her old, Polish cookbook! Hope you enjoy it!!

Filling ingredients:
1kg potatos (peeled and halved/quartered)
40g onion (finely diced)
250g hard ricotta cheese
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The Sane Mum’s Beetroot Risotto

Let me tell you a truth about myself, which you’ll no doubt learn over our time together: I hate cooking! It’s true! I know what you’re wondering… then why am I posting recipes? Because I believe that due to my hatred of cooking, I have been super inventive in creating EASY recipes which we all love! Because while I hate cooking, I love a good meal!! Here’s a Beetroot Risotto I threw together the other day from things that were in my pantry, which took me 40 minutes total, and the kids absolutely loved it!!     Continue reading

Recipe: Pierogi Ruskie (Gluten Free)

One of my favourite Polish dishes are Pierogi Ruskie, which are basically spiced-potato filled dumplings that are just delicious! Here is my gluten free spin on the recipe! For those of you who don’t have to follow a gluten free diet, I will post a regular recipe in the next couple of days! 

Filling ingredients:

  • 1kg potatos (peeled and halved/quartered)
  • Two onions (finely diced)
  • 300g hard ricotta cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Butter

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