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A few strategies for packing the kids a healthy lunchbox, it shouldn’t take too much time and effort. Plus ideas to create variety in allergy friendly lunch boxes.

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Need some easy dinner ideas that won’t take you long to prepare, this delicous slow cooked BBQ meatballs is really easy, take the stress from your evenings

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  • I am collecting together more recipes for my slow cooker arsenal and this will be perfect.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      this is a really quick one too Malinda, bonus is you can have the meatballs in the freezer all other ingredients in your pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Janette

    we also use the store meatballs add a can of mushroom soup and a little water add some fresh mushrooms . I usually bake in the oven but I am sure you could use the crockpot. Serve with rice and vegetables or mashed spud.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh Janette that sounds so good, I think I might have to try this one!ReplyCancel

  • Oh these look so yummy!! Will have to add them to the meal planner. Those chicken meatballs also will have to join the list. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      the chicken meatballs are good, I’m a sucker for anything with coconut!!ReplyCancel

  • I’ve really been trying to make an effort to use my slow cooker more this year! What a yummy dinner – this would be great for those days when you don’t have time to make dinner!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I too love my slow cooker, so easy to put everything into it and not have to worry until it’s time to dish up. This is super delicious, the kids love it.:)ReplyCancel

Weekly meal plan family friendly recipe Ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner

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  • Kylie

    love the look of the fish and coconut rice, will have to put that on the menu for next week. Our meals:

    Sat: Homemade Spring Rolls & Fried Rice
    Sun: Tuna Patties & Salad
    Mon: Thai-Marinaded Chicken Skewers and Crunchy Noodle Salad
    Tue: Ravioli
    Wed: Silverside & Veg
    Thus: Slow-cooker Massaman Beef & Rice
    Fri: Takeaway

    Baking – Cheesy-mite ScrollsReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh what i beautiful meal plan! I just love Massaman beef and rice…YUM!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Here’s our plan for this week:

    Sunday – Lamb Roast w/ veggies
    Monday – Cream of Cauliflower Soup
    Apricot Chicken w/ rice & green beans
    Tuesday – Coconut Curry Sausages w/ mash & Veggies
    Wednesday – Crumbed Chicken Tenderloins w/ Plum Sauce & Fried Rice
    Thursday – Oven Roasted Pork Fillet with Orange & Macadamia Nut Sauce, Creamy Mash & Broccolini
    Friday – Dinner at a local restaurant – my Birthday :)
    Saturday – Baked Fish w/ coconut rice – this sounded so delicious it just HAD to go on this week’s plan !

    Baking – Buttermilk Cinnamon Scrolls ( I discovered my long lost recipe while doing some decluttering last week and as my oven is finally fixed – I couldn’t wait to make these for breakfast on Sunday – not a crumb left LOL)
    Jam & Cream Muffins – Made these this morning for the kids’ lunches – I thought the mixture looked quite dry and added a little more milk – they really are quite yummy !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Julia what a gorgeous meal plan! So much variety, i love it.:)ReplyCancel

This Beef Macaroni recipe is a dinner that the kids will love, you can’t go past mince and macaroni.  Plus the bonus is you could double this easy dinner ingredients make enough to have it on toast tomorrow night! I’ve used peas and corn, but you can add whatever vegetables you would like, carrot, capsicum, cauliflower etc. […]

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These tips to make grocery shopping easier will to help reduce the time you spend at the grocery store, cut the cost and eliminate shopping frustration.

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  • Tab

    I like to organise my list into sections, with all meat together, veggies together etc, because I tend to forget things. I also NEVER shop on an empty stomach, it cuts down on impulse buys.
    And, if your supermarket has one, check out the clearance racks first. You can pick up awesome bargains of food that might be short dated or has damaged packaging.ReplyCancel

A healthy mashed potato alternative, a delicious cauliflower puree recipe.

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  • Julia K

    The cauli puree is a great substitute for mashed potatoes (pity my children don’t love it as much as I do). Another thing to do is to make “cauliflower rice”. Boil the cauliflower in salted water – but only until it is just tender. Then drain well and process in a food processor until it resembles grains of rice. This is a healthy alternative to serve with stir fries and other indian / asian meals.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Julie what a fantastic tip! Thank you for sharing, Cauliflower rice sounds amazing!! I can’t wait to try it now xReplyCancel

  • Abbie

    as an alternative to plain mash I often do part potato part turnip, just gives it a slightly different favour & my daughter doesn’t even notice!ReplyCancel

  • Susan White

    Looks really healthy and that`s important for me. Do you think that if I replace potatoes with pumpkin is will work also?
    Have a nice day girls!

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  • I love mashed sweet potato! It’s my favourite, however pureed cauliflower is a close second. Yummy stuff!!

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    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I have to agree with you Nicole, sweet mashed potato is one of my favourites too. But so nice to have another healthy alternative.:)ReplyCancel

A list of meal ideas to give a new mum. Including freezer friendly recipes to help her at witching hour when she doesn’t feel like cooking.

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  • Annette Higgins

    I recently sent some Gourmet meals to a mother of a very young baby. They do free delivery over a certain price.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that is such a lovely gift idea Annette, I am sure she would have really appreciated itReplyCancel

  • Such a great selection of ideas here Kat. I love the sandwich idea. I hope you don’t mind me sharing, but I have a post on this with links to all the freezer meals I love to make http://erinmadethis.com/freezer-friendly-recipes-for-new-mamas/ xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thanks for sharing Erin, the soups look delcious and a great meal for a busy mum!ReplyCancel

  • Frances Birks

    I have a 4yr old, a 2yr old and a 5week old. This post couldn’t have come at a better time. I am going to give some of these a go (or ask my husband to) so that we have some backups for when we don’t have the energy or forward planning to cook ???? thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Frances I feel exhausted just reading the ages of your kids, I know how you feel, I had 3 under 2! There are two ways to fill your freezer, take a few hours out to do a huge cook up, or when you are preparing dinner make a double batch so you can eat half for dinner and freeze the rest. This may be the best option if you are time poor.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    Oh Wow Kat, I love this idea. My mum is actually whipping up a storm right now for my “little” brother and his partner as her Christmas present to them was a homemade voucher for a bunch of her own made TV dinners for their freezer. As they live in Melbourne and she is in Brisbane, she’s not had a chance to fill out the voucher order until now. She gave me a voucher that she’d done up on the pc (massive effort considering my mum and her pc skills…) and I had 4 days of cleaning and decluttering as my Christmas present. Best pressies ever! Gotta love mums! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh my goodness what an awesome gift, you mum giving a voucher and offering help. Taht would be a wonderful help to your brother, what does she make in her TV dinners, I’m curious!!! And wow the cleaning and decluttering must have been an awesome gift to receive… gotta love our mum’s!!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Such a thoughtful gift idea that will no doubt be very much appreciated by your friend.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      She loved it and I was just pleased I can help her at those struggling late afternoon times when bub is getting really tired.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    As a mum of two under two, now 2.4 & 8mths I can’t imagine a better gift! A few of our friends made meals the first week we were home & it was the best! & Nicola my mum is awesome but wow your mum is super too!!! What a great present wish someone would come clean & declutter my house for me!!!ReplyCancel

  • What a great list! I had bread and butter pudding, lasagne, and green curry sent to me. So nice!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yum! Love the sound of bread and butter pudding! It has been way to long since i have had that.:)ReplyCancel

  • What a great collection of meals.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thanks Kaz.:) xReplyCancel

  • Thank YOU Kat. You are so lovely and every post you publish is loaded with value. You are an inspiration! Have a great weekend. xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that you Bianca! You are too lovely xReplyCancel

Ever since my kids were toddlers they have always had a tub of yoghurt or some custard and tinned fruit for dessert most nights.  Before having my thermomix I used to buy custard already made, but now it’s really easy to make.  I have a few custard recipes I like to make (see below), but this has […]

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  • Simple vanilla custard is just the best! Ooh I can’t wait to try your Thermomix version. I love pouring a bit of custard over fresh fruit… or a chocolate self saucing pudding (but that’s a bit naughtier!!).ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL i do agree with you Lucy! So so good over fresh fruit.:)ReplyCancel

A list of easy dinner meal ideas for those that don’t like to cook. From toast to pasta, there is no excuse with these hubby friendly meal ideas.

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  • Elita hooper

    this list is amazing, As a mum I use lots of packet mix when making stir fry, casserole, i really do not like to cook much so anything that cuts that time down I am going to use.
    Most of the list is what I plan on regular basis.
    My boys are currently going through a one pan dinner thing,if they can serve themselves they will eat more.

    Thank you for the list.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      The packet mixes do make it easy, I used to use them a lot, now I have more time to cook and I enjoy creating recipes to share on the blog I don’t so much these days. Ooh what is their favourite one pan dinner at the moment? Love this idea, less washing!ReplyCancel

  • Vonni

    How can anyone pick on a hubby who compiled a meal plan like that? If I was away for a few days I’m sure my family would be eating take aways until I returned. Well done, Mr Organised. I’ll be sure to email a link to this post to my hubby, just in case he’s after some ideas for next Mother’s Day, or my birthday, anniversary, Christmas etc etc :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      He did do a wonderful job!.:)ReplyCancel

  • What a tasty sounding meal plan. My other halves go to is a packet of pasta paired with a tin of tomato soup and some cheese.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s a creative meal Anne!ReplyCancel

  • steph

    My husband is a good cook if he wants to be but hates cooking (so do i!). His go to meal is steak, packet of continental microwave pasta, mash and saladReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh good on hubby.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah codling

    There is nothing wrong with your hubby’s menu! Love it that he has the confidence to plan ahead!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Sarah.:) I was very proud of him, he did a great job xReplyCancel

  • My hubby’s version of meal planning is asking what the kids are cooking! He really doesn’t cook, but he does all the laundry. It’s a trade-off I am more than content with.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s a good trade Tracy, and I am sure such a big help too!ReplyCancel

  • Haha this has me wondering what my husband would make if I ever left home for more than a long weekend! He’s great when we’re all together and I ask him to cook something – he’ll make a mean pad thai or steak with some veggies, but when I’m out of the picture it’s pies, chips, toasted sandwiches and very little forethought haha. Makes me think I should test him out more often so he gets more practice!
    In saying that, he does a lot of non cooking stuff that I hardly ever nail so I guess we just play to our strengths 😉ReplyCancel

  • Kimsy

    Great list! My husband makes crispy skin salmon or steak with steamed vegetables when it’s his turn to cook. His other favourite thing is “grab whatever’s in the fridge and add eggs, cheese and herbs”, which usually turns out quite delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh yum! I like the sound of your hubby’s crispy skin salmon! Sound delish.:)ReplyCancel

  • This is very similar to what my hubby cooks! But some new ones here too – thanks xReplyCancel

  • Suzi

    If I can cook it in the oven, then it becomes a staple. Every week I make a pasta bake. 1 can of tuna, what every veggies are in the fridge or frozen works even better. What ever pasta and sauce is in the cupboard. It freezes well, so I make a huge batch of it. It tastes great and if I’m having one of those days with the little one, there is alway food in the freezer.ReplyCancel

  • Susie

    I got a husband-friendly meal idea, a few years ago, from an Aldi brochure. It is gnocchi, pesto and a few cubes of frozen spinach. Serve up with parmesan. Easy and yum. My husband makes it if I’m out on a weeknight. Weekends are for pizza (might be homemade) or takeaway -if I’m out!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that sounds delicious, Susie! xReplyCancel

  • Wow, I’m impressed! He did great! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thanks Karen.:) I was very proud of him.:) xReplyCancel

  • I love the meal plan he made. Very in-depth. My Hubby cooks every night and is a great cook however he excels at slow cookers – my favourite Lamb Shanks. He is also fantastic at any roast on the Weber. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i love lamb shanks! Well done to your hubby and yes i too love roast on the webber, such a delicious flavour!ReplyCancel

Beef stroganoff is delicious meal, with tender strips of beef, sautéed mushrooms, a creamy sour cream based sauce and can be served with pasta, rice or mashed potato.  This isn’t a dinner to make for someone watching their weight but it certainly is a winter comfort food.  We also like to sneak in some extra vegetables […]

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Lactation biscuits are a moist and yummy cookie that will help to boost and maintain a breastfeeding mums milk supply.

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  • Katie

    I’ve tried a couple of different recipes for lactation biscuits and they work a treat! Made it much easier to juggle going back to work with expressing to maintain my supply & breastfeeding on my days at home- well worth the effortReplyCancel

  • Saw these via twitter… i have a banana/nut/flax/chia slice that I make that is DELISH and it has lots of milk boosting properties! It’s on my blog and my kiddies LOVE it too!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh they sound really yummy too, Bek!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Carissa

    As a midwife I thoroughly recommend these cookies in boosting supply.
    A recipe I also share a lot is “Tigers milk”

    1 cup full cream milk
    1/2 cup acidophyllis yoghurt
    1 Tablespoon complan powder (or milk powder)
    1 banana
    honey
    1 tsp yeast flakes
    +/- ice cream
    Mix in a blender. Makes 3-4 cups which you should drink over the day.

    Its really really important to keep bf mums well fed and watered, something thats not always easy to rememberReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh yum a drink is a clever idea!ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Coles Typically when grocery shopping each week I have a list of essential items I always purchase.  These essentials are usually something that we use everyday or many times throughout the week.  Apart from the typical fresh fruit,vegetables and meat, my essential everyday products are good to have on hand to make up […]

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  • Lilian

    I’ve wanted a list like this for awhile, I buy similar stuff and have been meaning to write it down but don’t get time, thanks Kat this will be a great help.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is handy having a list of items that you purchase every week, I find I am forgetful so it’s great to refer to.ReplyCancel

  • Julie T

    I buy homebrand items often and don’t find any difference in the taste. Good to see that you try and stick to a budget when shopping Kat. This is a great list I have often wondered what people stock in their pantry.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      these growing kiddies of mine are now eating more and more, it’s important to shop frugally now more than ever becasue the weekly shop could easily get out of control.ReplyCancel

  • Eleanor

    I also do have a list of samples and have never run out of those samples in my cupboard, including cornflour and other basic ingredients. Like you, I like to bake and cook. It does help as I only buy meat and other fresh products on special like now all the apples and oranges are cheaper to buy and in the summer, watermelon and mangoes are the favourite ones!

    Another thing I like to stock up on is evaporated skim milk as you can whip up a simple pasta sauce with it and add whatever you want in a creamy sauce pasta. I also buy coconut milk as this is really good to use for Asian themed dinners i.e. stir fry, satay chicken. Each shop, I also keep an eye out for specials on stock, spices and herbs as well as rice, noodles and pasta.

    I also steer away from packaged sauces now as we are trying to cut down on salt and sugar use. There are heaps of recipes that I now use a lot in my slow cooker that helps a lot now that it is very cold here in Sydney and this weather now calls for hot dinners. I have a sausage casserole simmering away at home now.

    Another thing I do is to buy the nappies when they are on special and stock up on at least two packs of night time nappies and lasts for almost a month. The costs does add up especially when you have kids still in nappies all day and all night (only one in this household now and a toddler toilet trained for the day, not quite dry at night). Stocking up on nappies when on special does help. The nappies lasts until the next time they are on special.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      nappies is a great idea to stock up on, I remember like you all too good 3 of my kids in nappies, cost a fortune, if you have the space great idea to stock pile them! Ooh yes I buy coconut milk is a good base for many dishes!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    One of the best things I have ever done is come up with my pre-printed shopping list. It basically lists EVERYTHING that I might buy and the list is grouped in sections eg
    Bread & Cereals, Canned Fruit, Herbs & Spices. Under each section heading – I list all the items that I’m ever likely to buy. I have a couple of spare lines at the end of each section in case I come across a recipe with an ingredient I haven’t purchased before.
    I keep a stack of the pre-printed lists in my kitchen and, as I run out of an item, I highlight it on my list. The day before I go shopping, I make my menu plan and highlight items on my list that I need to buy.
    Although a lot of work to set up initially, it saves so much time come shopping day. It also saves revisiting various aisles in the supermarket as all like items are grouped together on the list.
    Have been using this list for about 15 YEARS !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aweomse Julia, sounds very much like my grocery list, has most of these items typed up on it. Best way not to forget.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    I also have a list of pantry, fridge and freezer basics and tend to only buy items when needed. I love using my slow cooker and tend to work out meals for the week to save money time and washing up. Having a family of 7 children sometimes 8 means I’m always on the lookout for money saving ideas.
    So far with baking and meal planning and shopping online I have been able to keep the grocery bill around the $200/250 mark per week. Leaving enough funds for other projects around the house and after school activities.
    I absolutely love your website and ideas, thank you so much…..ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      WOW Janelle! You sound like you are so very organised..I LOVE IT.:) Well done to you for meal planning and having great money saving ideas.:)ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    Great list, very similar to mine. I no longer use ready made pasta sauce. I use tomato soup as my base and add the grated Veges. The soup has a lovely taste, is cheaper and low salt versions are available.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds really yummy, Robyn!ReplyCancel

  • H,

    I try to make my shopping list in order of the aisles the items are in at the supermarket. It saves a lot of time retracing my steps to collect something further down the list.ReplyCancel

  • Great list. I get all of the above plus mozzarella and fresh pizza bases ( love to make my own but doesn’t always time wise…). I’ll print your list because I always get side trackedReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Monique.:) Yum we love homemade pizzas too, so much nicer and healthier too xReplyCancel