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{Meal Planning} Some favourites

As I am away from the computer this week with the kids I thought I would give you some links to previous meal plans: Meal Planning:  Chicken and Cheese Pasta Bake + more Meal Planning:  Chicken Avocado Fettucine + more Meal Planning: Fettuccine with creamy tomato Italian sausage + more Meal Planning:  Quick Beef Curry + […]

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Meal Planning: Steak Rotolo

This day 12 years ago I married the love of my life.  12 years and 3 adorable children later, I couldn’t be happier.  Happy Wedding Anniversary huni xx Don’t forget to link up your meal plan below. Here is this weeks meal plan: Monday – Vegie Smugglers – Raviolli with orange sauce - smuggled – capsicum, sun-dried […]

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  • Did you try the “Steak Rotolo” from My Pigeon Pair or do you have another recipe?
    Would love to try some variations of it…the Bocconcicni was great by the tomato overpowering thinking proscuitto next time!

    • Katrina

      Thankyou, I am feeling very loved today, we had a lovley night out last night :) I made it the same as yours Larissa, but would agree I didn’t enjoy the tomato, but hubby and DS did. Proscuitto would be really yummy. I wasn’t sure how to cook it and googled for a recipe but couldn’t find one, I just cooked them in the fry pan, didn’t take very long at all. Definately will try again with variations, thankyou so much for sharing it!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Congratulations … Happy Anniversary!!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina
    I am going to post some pics of my recipe today. I have changed the name of it as I didn’t use pasta. Without pasta dough the recipe is an “involtini” The pasta one is called “rotolo” and is basically the same but sort of rolled in pasta like a little parcel!
    I conned the hubby into cooking it on the BBQ for me!!!

    Glad you enjoyed!

  • Katrina

    I am going to post some pics of my steak today! I have renamed it “Steak Involtini” as I didn’t use pasta. You can make a similar recipe using pasta dough to create a “Rotolo”
    I conned my husband into cooking it on the BBQ for me!
    So glad you liked it!

  • Hi Katrina! I’m so glad you love the jazzed up snags! They are so easy aren’t they? We took them to a picnic warm a few weeks ago – just put them in an aluminium tray with a lid – they were GONE in sixty seconds! :P Happy Anniversary!ReplyCancel

Meal Planning: Salmon Pies

So much has been happening this past week.  I have been overwhelmed by reader emails, thankyou to each and everyone of you for your kind words, I am so happy to be inspiring and helping so many wonderful people.  The facebook page has been be a buzz of activity lately (now with 4,500 + likers) […]

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  • Ooooooh! Love the new button. Can’t wait to use it this week :) That book sounds fantastic Katrina, might have to get my hands on one!ReplyCancel

  • I think the button looks great also & WOW hasnt your site just increased 10 fold since I joined in Sept last year !!!
    I love every bit !!

    Thanks for keeping me on track always – Slowly GETTING SORTED !!ReplyCancel

  • Leisha

    Hi Katrina – on the idea of budget recipes, we too are trying to keep costs down at present. I came across this blog this morning and thought you might like it: Sandra is trying to feed a family of 4 for $60/wk. She has some really creative recipes. The usual fall back recipes in our house are ones that use up all the remaining f&v like soups (Pumpkin, minestrone etc), quiche, fried rice, stir fries and tacos. I dice everything super small so it is not seen by the kids. Tacos have celery in the mince mix,chopped carrot and cucumber are a topping. Fried rice also has diced celery and cabbage in the mix and I use golden syrup instead of soy sauce if we have none.ReplyCancel

  • nikke

    Hi how do you link to your meal planning blog
    are there steps anywhere that one can follow, i have never linked to another blog before and dont want to stuff up and cause a drama for myself, so Im using the phrase of our hoousehold {when in doubt, ask!!}ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Nikke, press the red link ‘click here to enter’, this will take you to the Linky Tools website which have easy step by step instructions, it doesn’t take very long to link up!ReplyCancel

  • nikke

    Thanks Katrina, I will give it a go, wish me luck.. lolReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Chicken Tacos

About the Aussie Bloggers Conference I have had a great week and have recovered well from the Aussie Bloggers Conference.  I met so many wonderful bloggers, it was so lovely to share experiences and learn.  One topic was who do you blog for and the speakers encouraging the audience to blog for yourself.  However I […]

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  • Hi Katrina,

    Not sure if anyone else is having trouble using the button? I use blogger and have been trying to paste the button into my html script page. When I go to preview though, it only show with a small box and “The” is the only word in it! Do you have any idea what to do?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Julie, are you still having troubles?ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina, yep! I’m not sure what is happening. Is there another way to add it?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Julie it worked, thankyou for linking up!!!ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Mexican Pork Stir Fry

Today is Sunday, which is the day I plan my meals for the following week, ready for grocery shopping on Monday (if I am getting my groceries delivered I will plan, order and reserve my time a few day’s prior) .  I prefer shopping on a Monday so we have fresh food for dinners and lunches for […]

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  • What a fantastic idea Katrina! I look forward to linking my ‘Mealy Monday’ post tomorrow :)
    Question: Do we link here in the comments or above with the thumbnail loader?ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    That would be wonderful Michelle. Use the link above ‘click here to enter’ and then follow the instructions to create your thumbnail image and link, it isn’t too hard at all.ReplyCancel

  • [...] I forgot to add the Banana muffins recipe to today’s meal planning [...]ReplyCancel

  • Tara

    Awww i dont meal plan til tuesday :( any chance of getting a button for any day of the week?
    Il still defaintly link my blog post on tuesday!
    I love this site i think given the chance id be on here all day lol

  • I cant wait to link tomorrow also – I am just not sure how I add your button to my page.. Might need instructions on that one??ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Great….Copy and paste the code I have provided into your html editor.ReplyCancel

  • Have linked up Katrina, but my link thumbnail doesn’t appear in your post above… Hope it’s a ‘time’ thing. Look froward to seeing it up there :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It hasn’t appeared Michelle, can you try again…sorryReplyCancel

  • I am linked to you anow also – hooray !!ReplyCancel

  • Woot woot! It worked! When three goes on the PC doesn’t work, try the iPod! Lol – great concept Katrina :) ReplyCancel

  • the website for mexan meal is doing up dates i hope it wont be long we like to eat from vairous countries each week like to keep things exciting a bitReplyCancel

Meal Planning Sunday: Muesli and fruit slice

It’s such a glorious day here on the Gold Coast.  We are off to the beach for a picnic lunch, relax and soak up this beautiful fresh air.  Do you go on picnics regularly? Here is this weeks meal plan: Monday –  Savoury mince with potato and vegetables (simple but yummy) Tuesday – Honey Roast Chicken (continental […]

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  • Ooohh, might have to cook the muesli and fruit slice with the three year old this afternoon. Looks delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Did you give it a go Kellie? it freezes really well so if you didn’t eat it all you can put it away for another time.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Ilievski

    First time I have really had a good look at your Meal planning….I do meal plan but only a couple of days in advance and I do it in my head. Must clear a space in my brain by writing it all down for the week.

    PS Have a great date night….does this mean the kids go hungry LOLReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Alicia, no really, you mean I have been posting and nobody is reading them :( lol, just kidding. Meal planning makes grocery shopping so much easier and preparing for dinner each night. Give it a go and you will see!ReplyCancel

  • Ohhh, yum! The apple & apricot loaf looks great! I did try the cookies from last week, but the kids weren’t too keen on those ones :sReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      My kids really enjoed the loaf, and it didn’t crumble in their lunchbox, so it was a hit. At least you gave the cookies a go, they didn’t have much sugar in them making them quite a healthy option.ReplyCancel

{Meal Plan} Apricot Chicken

  We had Miss 6′s big birthday bash yesterday here at home.  It was a great day all the kids had an absolute ball.  I nearly thought I had to entertain 22 kids indoors as it was raining all morning, but by 3pm the sun was shining and the pool party was a great success!  Now […]

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  • Leila

    Katrina i can’t get the recipe for the apricot chicken… keeps taking me to page not found.

    Biscuits sound fantastic, planning on whipping up a batch for the kids lunches tomorrow.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Leila, I have fixed up the link…sorry. I used chicken breast instead of thigh fillets, the kids loved it.ReplyCancel

  • Lou

    Thanks for the chicken bolognese recipe – I didn't close the freezer properly last night and the chicken mince was half defrosted so this recipe was perfect timing :)

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    • Katrina

      Great timing I hope you enjoyed it!ReplyCancel

  • Leila

    Thanks Katrina :) i tend to use thigh mainly but have just found a new butcher who does bulk meats cheaper so i have a few kilos of breast meat (why not when i can buy it for $7 a kilo, min 3kg buy, instead of $10-$13 depending on the week)

    Now to work out what to feed hubby while i make apricot chicken for kids and I.

    Biscuits haven't been made yet, my 10 year old son wants to make them this afternoon :) ReplyCancel

  • We love apricot chicken. But I like to use Dutch curry and Rice soup mix instead of French Onion. Give it a go, it’s not spicy at all, just a more robust flavour and the sauce thickens more tooReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Just a variation on the apricot chicken recipe…

    You can omit the oil, and put the chicken, apricot nectar and soup mix into a microwave proof dish that has a lid. Microwave on high for 15 minutes, stir the mix; if the chicken isn’t ready, microwave for a further 5 mins.ReplyCancel

Meal Planning Sunday: Pasta with Chorizo and Tomato

I hope you have all had a great week.  Did you make a start on the 1st Declutter 52 things task, if not see HERE, it wasn’t a hard one, quite easy…hmm, wonder what the 2nd task might be?  It’s been a busy week here, back into the homework routine.  I’m not a fan with the […]

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  • We follow a monthly menu plan because that fits our pay cycle. It can be tricky towards the end of the month. So I write the menu plan fairly loosely, more a list of meals that we will eat over the month and cross them off as we eat them. ReplyCancel

  • April

    I love the idea of having a weekly menu plan, I'm yet to make one though! It is a goal that i have set myself from following your blog! ReplyCancel

  • Marcie

    Every Friday night I sit down, pen and paper in hand and think about what to cook for the next 7 days. Sometimes it is really hard to come up with 7 meals that will satisfy all of us. I do ask the kids for their suggestions, but most of the time all I get off them is chips & nuggets or hot dogs! Nine times out of ten I get it right!! ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra Eastwood

    I do follow some of your ideas for food cause my family loves to try new things :). I have a website about how much homework kids should be doing everyweek. My kids dont get anywhere near that so go have a look if you think its to much bring it up with the P&C they also have to in on it to about homework in the schools. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thankyou Cassandra, the teacher has said no more than 1 hour each week, but it always adds up to more than that, I think I will talk to the P&C :) ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina! I'm new to your blog but so far I love it! Great design and great post. Keep it up! I'll probably be back here soon :) ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Graham

    We do a very large fortnightly shop for the 6 in our family. I tend to buy a large meat pack that will last for 14 days, and as I am sorting it into freezer bags I mentally sort out the meals for the fortnight too. This seems to work quite well.

    I am new to your blog too and I love the Sunday Meal Planning. It has inspired me to do more baking for kids snacks and lunch boxes instead of buying expensive muesli bars etc. Thank you <3 ReplyCancel

  • I love to meal plan! I have been doing it for nearly 15 years now. We are paid fortnightly so I shop fortnightly too. I scour the grocery store catalogues for bargains and meal plan from there.

    I have a FB page for people to share their menus, recipes and to ask questions. If anyones interested search for "Beccis Menu Planning Central" and ask to join. ReplyCancel

  • TJ

    Katrina, discovering your website couldn't have happened at a more appropriate time. I've got three kids (son 5, daughter 3, son 1), with my eldest starting school this year. You have helped me get organised with all the school stuff and managing the home as well. I took up your menu planning idea and it has made shopping and preparing dinner so much easier and less time consuming.

    Our meal plan for this week is:

    Monday: Homemade pizza with salad

    Tuesday: Self-crusting quiches with salad

    Wednesday: Chicken korma with basmati rice

    Thursday: Vegetarian fried rice

    Friday: Chicken and vegetable stir fry with noodles

    Saturday: Sausages and vegetables

    Sunday: Gnocchi with pumpkin & sage

    Baking: Wholemeal fruit muffins

    Looking forward to your cleaning series, which is something I need to get on top off. ReplyCancel

  • Meal Planning is on my to-do list, but for us, I think it will work better along the lines of what Marita does ie have a list of meals and cross them off as they're used.

    I find it extremely difficult to come up with different ideas as my family is quite fussy (husband doesn't like rice, pasta and is more the meat and 3 veg type) and it's hard to please everyone :s.

    Went to make the Apricot and Coconut biscuits last night but realised we were out of apricots – will have to wait until next week now as I forgot to buy them when I was at the shop today as well lol. ReplyCancel

Meal Planning Sunday: Fettucine Boscaiola

What a fabulous week it has been, my little girls and I had a great time in Sydney with family.  While the girls were visiting Galaxy World with their Auntie, I wondered around the shops, sad because I couldn’t buy much as we only had carry on luggage, which was probably a good thing ;)  I […]

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  • Yum. Bosscaiola is a fave here too mmmmm ReplyCancel

  • Lou


    New to your blog and love it :)

    I usually do a 2 week menu plan and cook Mon-Thurs. Friday we sometimes have take-away and weekends it's left-overs/easy stuff like toasted sandwiches/soup/BBQ with salad etc. Sundays I also try and bake something for lunchboxes or use up an ingredient that needs using.

    This week: Honey Soy chicken wings w/ vegies, Spaghetti & meatballs, Chicken/Bacon and Pea risotto, Lamb Shanks (in slow cooker). Baking: Pizza scrolls for lunch boxes.

    I also hope to cook a few extra means to put in the freezer as I am on maternity leave and want to have a few meals ready to go for once the baby comes and I have no time :)

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  • Alicia Ilievski

    Welcome back….YAY for Yellow….My daughter just had a Spongebob theme party (her 5th so it was a big one) So many nice yellow things around.

    Glad you had a fun time in Sydney.

    Ive spent the last 2 days organising the kids playroom (I have the flu so am working very s-low-ly) Anyway just wanted to thank you for being such a constant inspiration. Ive even been taking photos as I go. Eeeee! ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Braaksma

    I want to thank for your your meal plan ideas, you are fantastic.

    I use to do this years ago, but got up the motivation to try it out again and began last week.

    I bought a Laminater from ALDI and have a chart for my weekly meals that I write on with white board markers (then rub off for the next week) – this also saves on printing a new one each week.

    We also have a huge white board and all my charts go up there too.


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{Meal Plan} Spinach and Ham Frittata

It’s been a busy week, I have been trying to fit everything into the Back to School series, I hope I managed to answer all your questions.  I will try and do some posts up soon as per some requests for: What are those ‘things’ on the othe side of the fridge photo’s of the […]

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  • Oh I'm am liking your blog. Love the ideas you're coming up with and look forward to reading more. Keep it up:O) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Caz, I do intend on keeping up with it….I'm so glad so many people are enjoying my blog. thanks heaps ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Russell

    What diet are you doing? 2kg already sounds fantastic!! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Melinda, I am doing Jenny Craig. So far so good, love the food. Its only been a few weeks so fingers crossed. thanks for asking. ReplyCancel

  • Chelle

    Thanks for being so prompt in helping me out through out all your mayhem. Makes my questions seem trivial.

    Remember we all run off the rails from time to time – so glad you had help to get you back on.

    You do an amazing job ;) ReplyCancel

  • Congrats on your loss and giving up coke! SO hard…I'm trying to give up diet coke. We've had our own win though…no McDonalds since the beginning of December…actually nothing that involves going through drive thru! ReplyCancel

  • Happy Birthday to your daughter. It is my sons birthday today, he is 7 now – my how the years have flown…..

    It's wonderful that you have such great in-laws. ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    I couldn’t find your Shepherds Pie recipe…..ReplyCancel

Meal Planning: Fettuccine with creamy tomato Italian sausage

It has been such a devastating time here in QLD since Christmas, with the floods in the Rockhampton areas, now just recently in Toowoomba, Ipswich and Brisbane and all their surrounding suberbs.  I have been glued to the TV all week and thank the TV stations for their almost 24/7 coverage.    I hope you can […]

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  • Jane

    I noticed your meal planner in the newsletter – I'm a big fan of these. And I got to thinking if you and other readers have any tips for kid-friendly meals. My son is a very good eater but going thru a bit of a 2 year old "no" stage so I'd like to mix things up with a couple of new ideas.

    I'll give the Fettuccine with creamy tomato Italian sausage sauce a go to start off with as we always have those ingredients in the cupboard. (Veggie dishes welcomed as I'm the only veggie in the family!) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I'll try and put together some kid friendly meal ideas for you Jane, give me a week or two :) ReplyCancel

  • I am still doing my Declutter Challenge and have added it's very own page on my blog over at !

    I am loving the idea of decluttering at least one thing a week!! ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I'm enjoying reading your blog and your decluttering journey, thankyou for the wonderful link ups!!! ReplyCancel

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