Category Archives: MEAL PLANNING

Tips for an easier dinner time

Which young mum wouldn’t give just about anything to make dinner time run nice and smooth at their house? Today on the blog, I hand the reigns over to another mum who will share with you how she makes meal planning and preparation work for her and her young family! Thank you Megan from A Dash of Mum for taking the time to share your best tips for an easier dinner time with us!

Meal planning and preparation is a huge factor in getting dinner on the table on time at our house. When my husband is working away, it’s just me and the kiddos, so it’s really important for me to take the time to plan and prepare certain items and have everything ready to go for a smooth-running dinner time. I have a 5 month old and a 2 year old, and around dinner time it’s like the witching hour! If you have toddlers, you know that a hungry kid is a hangry kid! To avoid the hanger, we like to eat around 5 o’clock in the evenings and I try to stick to this schedule daily. As our afternoons are usually busy, I like to help myself out where I can.

One of my favourite kitchen items is our well-loved slow cooker. I love being able to ‘set it & forget it’! I can toss a bunch of items in the morning, and have a mouthwatering meal ready to go by dinner time. Continue reading

Vegetarian Family Meal Plan

Last time on the blog, Magda from The Togetherish shared why and how she meal plans for her family! I am very pleased to have her back to share exactly what her weekly vegetarian family meal plan looks like, as well as providing some of her delicious, go-to recipes – Thanks Magda!

Magda’s Vegetarian Family Meal Plan

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snacks
Monday Granola/ Smoothie or weetbix/toast Left overs, or a snack plate, or an egg wrap Roast Vegies and Quinoa Fruit, vege sticks, bliss balls, baked goods
Tuesday Granola/ Smoothies or weetbix/toast Left overs, or a snack plate, or an egg wrap Mexican Jacket potatoes

Funny Faces for the kids

Fruit, vege sticks, bliss balls, baked goods
Wednesday Granola/ Smoothies or weetbix/toast Left overs, or a snack plate, or an egg wrap Tofu and Vegie Stir fry

Broccoli noodles for the kids

Fruit, vege sticks, bliss balls, baked goods
Thursday Granola/ Smoothies or weetbix/toast Left overs, or a snack plate, or an egg wrap Zucchini and potato soup Fruit, vege sticks, bliss balls, baked goods
Friday Granola/ Smoothies or weetbix/toast Left overs, or a snack plate, or an egg wrap Take away for the grown ups. Fruit, vege sticks, bliss balls, baked goods
Saturday Eggs or Pancakes n/a (we are usually out and about) Sweet Potato Lentil Curry Fruit, vege sticks, bliss balls, baked goods
Sunday Breakfast at the markets n/a (we are usually out and about) Potluck dinner with the extended family or homemade pizza Fruit, vege sticks, bliss balls, baked goods

Here are some examples and recipes of our favourite meals. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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

As a lover of monthly shopping and fool-proof kid recipes, it is my pleasure to recommend The Kidgredients Guide to Awesome Lunches! It is not just a recipe book, but a great resource, packed with fantastic information about health and nutrition, lunchbox packing tips, as well as my favourite: tips for once-a-month-baking! I’ve already got my copy: having pre-prepared lunches in the freezer is extremely useful not just when you have to have a lunchbox ready every day for school, but also when you homeschool! I am very excited to be an affiliate for Kylie’s amazing book, because I do truly think it is brilliant! Best of all, it is only $10.00!

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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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