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Quick and Easy weeknight dinner idea, Salmon Penne made in the Thermomix, includes a regular recipe as well.

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  • Every time I read a Thermomix recipe it always looks so quick to make – a perfect midweek meal for the whole family.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It really does making some meals easy, the Thermomix is great for busy weeknights :)ReplyCancel

  • Perfect timing Kat! I was just about to write out my shopping list for this afternoon! I’ll definitely be making this during the week. Oh and then i scrolled down and saw your Crunchy Tuna Mornay – holy moly yum!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Lucy, i have to say the Crunchy tuna mornay is a real favourite of mine too. I find it is perfect for those busy nights.:)ReplyCancel

A refreshing lemon and honey tea to help soothe a sore throat when feeling unwell with cold or flu.

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Growing up I always remembered my grandmother cooking a roast every Sunday, it didn’t matter if she had a house full of guests or if she was cooking for two, without a doubt she would make a roast, it was her family tradition. It got me thinking about regular family meal ideas, and what other families do?

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  • Julia K

    I love cooking pork. One time I decided to see how far I could stretch out a pork roast. I purchased a large boneless pork roast on special then:
    Night 1 – Roast Pork and Vegetables
    After we had had dinner I chopped up the rest of the pork and froze it it two separate portions.
    Night 2 – I used the leftover vegetables from Night 1 and made a vegetable frittata which I served with salad.
    Night 3 – Using one of the packs of leftover pork – I made a stir fry which I served with rice.
    Night 4 – I ran the remaining pack of leftover pork through the food processor which made mince and I used this to make pork meatballs.
    By freezing the meat on the same night I cooked it – we weren’t eating pork three nights in a row.ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly

      That’s brilliant Julia!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      This is amazing Julia! I love the variations of one piece of Pork! Pork meatballs sound so good.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie

    We have taco tuesday’s every 2nd Tuesday, we love it, so easy to make and the kids eat the lot.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh i love Tacos! They are usually a Friday night dinner in our house.:)ReplyCancel

  • Crystal

    We do, whatever’s in the fridge or freezer Wednesdays and homemade pizza Fridays. I love that I don’t have to think about dinner on these days.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I agree Crystal, a few less nights to think about is always a bonus!ReplyCancel

  • Growing up we would always have a roast on a Sunday night too! Mum was great at making crackling, but I’m still to master the art! It was absolutely fantastic meeting you in person over the weekend – you’re such an inspiration to me!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I am still to master the crackling as well, Lucy.:)
      Just passed on your message to Kat and she said it was lovely seeing you over the weekend too xReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Friday night is pizza and games night at our place. Pizza dough in the Thermomix is super easy. We don’t enjoy bought pizza bases much anymore. I whiz up two batches of dough so one goes in the freezer for next week – less cleaning dough off the Thermomix blades. I make the bases on rectangular biscuit trays. It uses the oven space much better. If we aren’t home on a Friday night my son will still have pizza if he can because he loves the Friday night tradition so much!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Oh i just love pizza night in our house too! We usually do homemade pizza’s on a Saturday night. I’m with you Jude on preferring homemade over brought ones!ReplyCancel

I have a weakness, I love anything Salted Caramel. This Salted Caramel Sauce is super easy, can be made within minutes and ooh so good. Pour over ice-cream or pudding for a sweet dessert.

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  • Oh this looks delicious and so easy xxReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Nicole, it really is. And oh so addictive too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    what is a thermo mix?ReplyCancel

  • Jean

    ooh wow, this is a weakness of mine too, I usually buy it from the local markets, I’m going to have to make my own now, thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I used to as well, Jean. But i have to say this recipe has so much more flavour.:)ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    You had me at Salted Caramel. I love anything salted caramel, probably anything salted, but yum, over icecream it is my happy place.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Yes i am with you on this on too, Leanne! So so good.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Must try. Have you tried Tenina’s salted caramel ice cream? Just devineReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Oh no i haven’t Jen but is sounds good. I’ll keep my eye out for it.:)ReplyCancel

A delicious mild fish curry the family will enjoy. Filled with loads of vegetables, onion, zucchini, carrot and pumpkin, but you really don’t need to limit it there.

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  • YUM! I love the frozen fish fillets from Aldi (such a cheap way of bringing fish into our meals!), and this looks like a winning recipe for them. :-)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I agree Sarah, we try to have fish once a week. We all love it and so good for the kids too.ReplyCancel

  • I really don’t cook enough fish – and I think it’s because I lack recipe inspiration! I’m definitely going to give this a try though!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I know exactly what you mean, Lucy, There just doesn’t seem to be a lot of different ways to cook fish but i have to say this one is very yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Excellent post ! Thanks for sharing this blog .ReplyCancel

This delicious stewed Rhubarb with Apple and Strawberries recipe is a great dessert for baby, toddler, kids and adults, serve with custard.

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A delicious dinner the family will enjoy, fresh roast vegetables with chicken. Cooked in one dish so you don’t have to do a lot of washing up!

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  • I love the look of this one dish dinner – might give it a whirl with the fussy trio! xReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      It’s great and so much less mess to clean up, i love it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Di

    I rarely cook roasts they seem too hard. this looks delicious and love the idea of using more than just potato and pumpkin for the roast vegetables.ReplyCancel

  • LOVE LOVE that one dish chicken bake!!! YESSS! YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Yes! A wonderful idea with a one pot roast! I tried your mexican pasta bake and it was great!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s an easy roast to make Kat (love your name!!) ooh teh mexican pasta is delicous, we love mexican here, so I am pleased you enjoyed it.ReplyCancel

      • I think i made the veggies to big and they were still very crunchy when I took the pan out of the oven. I might need to boil them a bit beforehand. But… the chicken was cooked perfectly!!! (I’ve had trouble with chicken in the past haha).ReplyCancel

  • Veronica

    looks yummy! What temp should I use for this one pls?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Veronica, I have just adjusted the recipe and included cook at 180C. Hope you enjoy it xReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Yummo! Looks great. Will give this one a go for sure. Looks easy to prepare earlier in the day then throw in the oven after school pickup.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Exactly Amy! So nice and easy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    This looks so good – I’ll be making this tomorrow night! I love the variety of mixed roasted vegies, even my fussy hubby should like this…soo much to choose from. The one pan is an added bonus! Thankyou :)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Absolutely Lisa! I love that you can add whatever vegetabes you have in your fridge that need using up.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya

    Sorry – the chicken pieces were raw at 180’c for 40minutes – after 1hr I’ve taken it out & fried it in the frypan – the veggies are cooked thoughReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh no Sonya, did you slice the pieces into thirds? If I would cook mine for 40 minutes they would dry out, sorry this didn’t work for you :(ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    I tried this one on the weekend. I loved relaxing while it cooked but it took half an hour more than the recipe said for the chicken to cook thoroughly. Adults and kids loved it – it has been printed and filed in my main recipe folder.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Fantastic Jude, glad to hear you all enjoyed it! I guess it just depends on different types of ovens and temperatures. It is great putting it all in the one dish and being able to go off and do something else while it is cooking away.:)ReplyCancel

Slow cooker recipes are perfect for nights you are busy, to come home from a long day and know there isn’t much preperation ahead for dinner is a relief.

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  • Yum! This looks delicious. I’ve been wanting to use my slow cooker more, so thank you. I’m going to give this a red hot crack. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love using the slow cooker, especially with simple chuck in the bowl style kinda dishes, good home cooked meal with little effort!!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Mine is in the slow cooker right now, but doesn’t look very juicy. Does the sauce develop as it cooks? Or should I maybe make some extra sauce to boost it a bit?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jodie, ooh no I’ve just realised I have left 1/2 cup soy sauce from the list. I was looking at the ingredients to wonder why it’s not so sauce, this would be why. I am terribly sorry.ReplyCancel

      • Jodie

        Oh that’s ok Katrina, I’ve just put the soy sauce in now……and I think it looks more like the colour of your’s too!! ThanksReplyCancel

  • Gosh looks really good Kat, I really need to get myself a slow cooker!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i just love my slow cooker, it is so good through the winter months.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    If you don’t have cooking sherry handy, is there anything you can substitute it for?ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Mel, White wine would also be fine too.ReplyCancel

  • Clare

    Can’t wait to try it this week. I think it looks like there are veggies based on the pic…. Are there??ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      It’s on my meal plan again this week too, Clare! You can add vegetables if you like. I sometimes add sweet potato, just depending on what i have in the fridge.ReplyCancel

Coffee and Walnut Muffins are a delicious afternoon treat to have… with your coffee!!

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  • Sue

    Love your site Kat especially the recipes and tips. I have a question for you and your readers. Any muffin I make seems to stick to the paper case so a lot is wasted when the paper case is peeled off. Any tips ?? Thx SueReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Sue, Hmm good question! I would try spraying them with a little cooking spray, i hope it helps. Let me know how you go.:)ReplyCancel

      • Emma

        Maybe try 4″ squares of baking paper instead of corrugated muffin cases. This was the inexpensive alternative we used to use in cafe where I worked, just push into muffin holes with a glass, spice jar or the round end of rolling pin.ReplyCancel

  • These look delicious a weekend treat I think (for me!)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are so yummy, i really enjoy mine with a nice cuppa on a Sunday morning!ReplyCancel

  • My colleagues and I just made Microwave Mug Muffins with coffee & walnut. Holy moly, stella tasta combo. :) Totes making the real deal on the weekend.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh they sound good! Will have to give them a try i think.:)ReplyCancel

  • Nice! Coffee flavour treats to have with actual coffee! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Haha yes it can’t get any better can it Lorraine! Love my coffee.:)ReplyCancel

Easy family dinner recipe idea – savoury sausages with pineapple baked in the oven. Kids will enjoy this recipe

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  • Julie

    Oh this is great, thanks. It’s very similar to a recipe of my Mum’s which I make every so often, but in hers you cook the sausages and make the sauce separately. I love that you can throw it all in the same dish in this version and just bake it. Anything that saves washing an extra frying pan and saucepan is a winner in my books.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely Julie, less mess the better.:)ReplyCancel

  • I don’t mind pineapple in savoury so I think I’d really like this! Have you ever had a warm pineapple tart? They’re really good and I wonder if it would get around the hot pineapple thing? :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh no i have never had pineapple tart before but now you mention it Lorraine i think it is something i am going to have to make. Sounds very yummy!ReplyCancel

  • This is the best timing! I just grabbed a packet of sausages out of the freezer and hadn’t decided what to do with them. Perfect! Thanks :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic! I honestly have to say it has become a family favourite dish in our house at the moment.:)ReplyCancel

Thank you to to Julie K for sharing one of her family favourite meals, Pepper & Peanut Chicken. It looks delcious Julie and very fancy with your rice mould.  Find more family dinner ideas here.   click on image to view recipe  

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  • Mel

    Yum! I love the look of these recipes!
    I was desperately searching for a recipe I made a few weeks back that was a warm Moroccan chicken salad that had crunchy chickpeas in it. It was so delicious but I can’t find it again, I’m sure it was on your site. Does anyone remember if it was from here?ReplyCancel

    • Mel

      It took me all afternoon but I found the recipe I was looking for!!
      I’m going to try that pepper and peanut chicken too!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Mel that sounds delicious! I haven’t got a Moroccan Chicken recipe but sounds yum especially with Chick peas.:)ReplyCancel

  • That looks so easy and delicious. Like a version of a satay sauce (my mum uses peanut butter in hers) :)ReplyCancel

This is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that all the family will enjoy.

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  • I’ve never thought to make Mexican Pasta Bake! What a great idea. It would have so many yummy flavours.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is so yummy, Lucy. We all really enoy it.:)ReplyCancel

  • We are huge fans of Mexican flavours and this pasta bake would be a massive hit in our house. I’m adding it to my meal planner. The Mexican chicken rolls look amazing too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You sound like us Kate we just love anything mexican too.:)ReplyCancel

A collection of recipes and meal ideas to serve at a Christmas in July party/get together, snack, desserts, roasts and more.

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