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Meal Plan #87

The kids are back in school today! Hurray! I am so excited to jump into autumn! As I mentioned on instagram this morning, I am directing my focus on my new podcast (yay!) and drafting an outline for a book on picky eaters. It will be based on this post that I wrote a few years ago that remains one of my most popular posts. I have so much more to say on the subject and considered writing more about it on the blog, before realising that it would be best suited in book form! Continue Reading…

meal plans

Meal Plan #86

We have had a very full and busy summer, and we are finally in the home stretch back to school! Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my kids, but I also appreciate a bit of space, ya know? Both kids start back full-time next week and I am already planning out how I will be spending my time: I’m starting a podcast!

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Chatter: On Grief

I realised recently that it has nearly been a year since my Aunt Tina died. Tina was only ten years older than me and was really more like a big sister than an aunt. Losing her to breast cancer last year was devastating, but I was so very grateful to have been there holding her hand when she passed.

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chicken

Honey, Garlic Chicken

I am not a very big chicken fan, so when I find a chicken recipe I actually like (like this one!!) it becomes a regular part of our routine as my kids LOVE chicken! They particularly like “chicken on the bone” (drumsticks). I personally dislike drumsticks because all the flavour ends up on the skin, and I don’t eat the skin, so it ends up being quite bland. These drumsticks, however, have no skin so the flavour goes straight through to the meat. They also marinate all day, so that doesn’t hurt things either. 😉

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no-cook

“No Cook” Dinners

The point of meal planning is to make life easier, but there are  some nights when no recipe could possibly be simple enough. On nights like these it is tempting to order take out, or dig a frozen pizza out of the freezer, but I’d love to share with you a few other options that are healthy, fun, and require zero cooking!

[This post is sponsored by Little Dish who make easy and nutritious meals for kids, but I am also sharing some other fun quick dinner ideas, so please read on!]

Tapas:

I know how to make a beautiful Spanish tortilla and can even bang up a delicious gazpacho, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m really just talking about pulling all the olives, gherkins, cheese, lunch meats, dips, crackers, breads, and any other snacky item lurking about your kitchen and plating them. We love this type of meal so much around here, it often shows up on my meal plans for the week (though if I’m planning ahead I’ll add some trickier bits such as falafel or this as well)! Throw some raw veggies into the mix or a salad on the side and you are good to go. The kids love being able to snack their way through dinner, and I love the fun, casual vibe of an easy night. (The pic below is from a playdate tapas dinner with Charlotte’s good friend Jonah.)

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rice/ sponsored post

Pineapple and Cashew Fried Rice

I lived in Seattle for four years while I was in university. I love Seattle for the gorgeous mountains and water views, the chill, easy going vibe, and the finest pineapple fried rice I have ever known. The sweet pineapple paired with the salty mixture of veg, rice and cashews was bliss. So why has it taken me so long to recreate it? Who knows. But when Uncle Ben’s Rice contacted me and asked if I wanted to collaborate, I quickly knew what I would be making!

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Packed Lunches!

When Charlotte first started nursery (five years ago!) I did loads of research to find the perfect lunchbox for her. After much searching and review reading, I finally decided to get a Yumbox (this is NOT a sponsored post!). I loved how the box allowed me to send her with a variety of foods as opposed to simply a sandwich and bag of crisps. It made the whole idea of having to pack a lunch so much more fun!

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desserts

Watermelon Ice Lollies

Every summer we end up filling our freezer with all kinds of ice lollies. Though we can certainly buy some made with “all natural” or even “organic” ingredients, I always feel best when my kids consume ice lollies we make at home. Good thing it is SUPER easy to do! In the past we have made ice lollies with fresh fruit and coconut water, Greek yoghurt and fruit, or simply fruit juice, but this time we’ve made some out of 100% whole fruit.

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