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Mexican Chicken Salad Sandwich Filling

Ooh we so love Mexican in this household.  The girls and I like most dishes as I make them, but the boys (so macho) like to add in extra dashes of chilli sauce or jalapenos.   We often have chicken rolls for lunch on the weekends, but this took the traditional chicken and mayo roll […]

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  • Michelle Compton

    This recipe sounds so delicious but I have a question. What is capsicum? I’ve never heard of it. I live in America, in Washington State. Does it just go by another name here? Thank you for you wonderdul recipes!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Michelle, I think you call them red peppers. Funny how we have the same things but they are named differently.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Compton

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • caitlyn

    Just made this for lunch and my 14 month old is loving it. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • This is so dinner toight.ReplyCancel

Quinoa and Zucchini Fritters

A few weeks ago Mr Organised and I visited Byron Bay (far north coast of New South Wales) for a wedding.  While there we visited the Byron Fresh Cafe for lunch. Their menu was full of healthy organic options and it was so hard to choose just one item for lunch. Their Quinoa and Zucchini hotcakes […]

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  • Alison

    These would probably be even better if you could work out how to eliminate the breadcrumbs. If you put breadcrumbs in you may as well have eaten a sandwich – certainly most people looking for a healthier way of life are trying to eliminate bread. Did you try without them? Not sticky enough?ReplyCancel

    • Debbie

      maybe you could try rolled oats instead of bread crumbsReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        That is a great idea Debbie, they would taste so good too!ReplyCancel

    • Chanel

      I used Lifestyle bakery gluten free breadcrumbs. They turned out great, but the middle looked a little undercooked so I then put them in the oven.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Great idea Chanel, thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      No I didn’t, but that’s a great idea for those trying to eliminate bread from their diet.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalee

    I made these last night, they were great, whole family ate them, thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yay so glad, we loved them so much too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    they are a winner!
    was my first time at quinoa – so that was interesting for me too.. have always loved anything with quinoa in it but hadn’t attempted it myself. your easy to follow instructions for both cooking quinoa and then the fritter – piece of cake! (or should I say fritter?!)ReplyCancel

Homemade Breadcrumbs

I shared this picture on Instagram recently and being that many hadn’t considered doing this themselves I thought I would share it here as well. I keep a container full of fresh breadcrumbs in the freezer.  I make them myself by blitzing them on high in the food processor/thermomix until crumb consistency, 10 seconds is usually enough. […]

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  • Jo

    In Sicily they often use toasted breadcrumbs on top of pasta instead of parmesan cheese.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yum, a great way to use breadcrumbs, we like it on top of pasta bakes for the extra crunchReplyCancel

Kids in the Kitchen – Healthy Apple Cake

This post is sponsored by Western Star Butter There are occasions that I feel like cooking at the spur of the moment, however many of the recipes that I love to cook and the one below require butter at room temperature and I tend to keep my butter in the fridge (it get’s too soft here in […]

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  • Maree

    Your daughter is so lovely, I wish mine wanted to cook more I agree there are many benefits, will look through those recipes you suggested and will get them to make a few things these holidays.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Maree, she is beautiful. There are some great recipes on the site, hope you can find one that can enjoy cooking with your kids!ReplyCancel

  • Julie R

    Love this post Kat seeing how much your daughter is enjoying the independence you have given her in your kitchen. Mine have made smoothies and a delicious carrot cake so far these holidays.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      There are so many easy recipes available in the cyber world Julie, maybe a kids cookbook could make for a nice Christmas gift :)ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Just love your daughters smile, such a lovely young girl. Our 11 year old granddaughter makes us dinner once a week. Its great to see her excitement to choose a recipe and then prepare and cook it. We make a special effort to make her feel great and tell her that she did such a wonderful dinner. I wonder how long it will be until the novelty will wear off. One thing though you have to allow extra time for the meal to get to the table not quite as fast as me her oma. lolReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s right Yvonne, they are slower but they have so much fun. Yes, my daughter sits and wait ooh so patiently, like she is on My Kitchen Rules waiting to hear our verdict… always love it. Such a positive thing that she is enjoying cooking and baking in the kitchen.ReplyCancel

      • Yvonne

        We had our 6 year old grandson over so our 11 year old granddaughter both made a Banana Cake, with cream cheese icing. The only problem we need two bowls to lick out lol. one not content in having anything else, utensils etc. to lick. more washing up lol.ReplyCancel

  • Lovely Photos Katrina. Miss 11 looks right at home in the kitchen. The future of the organised housewife empire is in good hands. Love the cake stand too ;)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that cake stand is gorgeous Melissa, I borrowed it from a friend, was so reluctant to give it back LOL ;) Yes, she has been a wonderful help these school holidays while my assistant has been on holidays, it’s such a delight to see her grow and blossom.ReplyCancel

  • What a great school holiday activity, I think it’s great teaching kids about food and to show their creative side. She looks as proud as punch, I would be too if my cakes looked like that!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      She is so proud Tee, she loves cooking and baking, it’s her happy place.ReplyCancel

How to cook perfect quinoa

I made Quinoa a few weeks ago and several times since, I must say I fell in love with how good it is and how easy it is to cook.  This usually makes enough for one family meal leaving some for leftovers for lunch the next day (adding in a few steamed vegetables).  I’ll share some of […]

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  • Rachelle

    I was told that you have to scrub/wash the grains first as the coating on the grains is bad for you. A soapy stuff washes off. It also affects the taste if you don’t wash the grains. I put my grains in a flour swine under a running tap and give them a good massage with my hand, then pretty much follow what you do.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great tip thank you Rachelle!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I cook mine in my rice cooker and it turns out beautifully every time. Also a good way to cook buckwheat and other grain type things, just put them in the r/cooker and forget about it till it’s done.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great tip, I have a rice cooker, should try it!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Some Quinoa is prewashed, check the pack it should tell you. If in doubt wash anyway until the water runs clear.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh there you go I didn’t know that Sarah, I have washed mine all the time.ReplyCancel

Kids in the Kitchen – Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

This post is sponsored by Western Star My kids love to cook and have been doing so for many years.  Letting them help in the kitchen is teaching them life lessons and skills from measuring and learning fractions to how to cook particular foods.  My youngest Miss 9 enjoys cooking pasta dishes, I stand by helping […]

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  • Nancy

    your daughter is gorgeous. I love seeing them in the kitchen and sewing your teaching them such great life lessons.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Nancy, she is a cutie. All my kids love cooking and I love spending time with them in the kitchen, especially teaching them new techniques, great life lessons for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    must try this, haven’t made Mac and Cheese in so long. Love the idea of a little bit of bacon with itReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s delicious Simone, hope your family enjoy it!ReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    For those who prefer not to eat meat, spinach, onion & mushroom is a great mix to replace the bacon :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, love the sound of adding onion!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Brewer

    Looking forward to declutteringReplyCancel

Reusable Homemade Antibacterial Wipes

I noticed we use a lot of paper towel and wipes in our household and in my mission to be frugal and reduce our grocery bill I am trying to find cheaper alternatives, like using my own homemade all purpose cleaner.  Over the past few months I have been using reusable homemade antibacterial wipes (although […]

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  • Lee

    Great idea!
    I love the fact they are on hand. Being able to launder them make me feel they are good as new when I pull one out.
    Fans and skirting boards are my focus this week.

    A little label for the jar:
    Pick me.
    Use me.
    Launder me.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love that idea of the label Lee LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne

    Kat you never cease to amaze me, I have never thought of this, love it going to make some up today.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Jayne! Would love to see a photo once you have made them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    If you add clove oil it kills mould spores, too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great idea Justine!ReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    Tip: do not throw any disposable wipes in the toilet. Instead throw them in the garbage bin. Safes heaps of energy and $$ to our waste-water treatment process!!

    They do not really disintegrate, even though it usually says on the pack that they are biodegradable and you can throw them in the toilet. DON’T…

    I would take probably months if not longer for them to degrade and before that they will already have to be taken out of the waste-water treatment process (or have clogged up something/somewhere)!

    Major burden on the treatment plants and our tax-payer bills!!! :)ReplyCancel

    • Mascha

      Ow, and of course (totally forgot): I LOVE YOUR BLOG :)
      Really inspirational and fun…
      Thanks for making the chores more fun!ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    I always get so many great ideas from your blog! Thank you so much!

    AlisonReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you, Alison! So lovely to hear.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Pender

    Is there another oil you could use? My mum is highly allergic to lavender.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Rachael, you could try using tea tree oil.ReplyCancel

  • Erica

    I just made my own version of these on Monday! Same recipe but mine has eucalyptus oil instead of lavender and they work a treat!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s fantastic Erica!ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    Such a good idea. I use a 50:50 mix of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle to clean just about everything, using paper wipes mostly. Even though they’re recycled paper and mainly go into our compost, I’ve been wanting to cut down on waste and costs. I’ll have to give this a go, thanks :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, Dani! Yes give it a go, i’m sure you will love it!ReplyCancel

  • These are great, I have used lavender oil and water in a spray bottle for cleaning surfaces for ages and love this idea, Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your welcome Jane :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I love this idea. I am going to make one today, without going to the shops. One old glass cookie jar and some old cut up tee shirts, I always have vinegar for cleaning in the cupboard. I like the comment about the clove oil. I am always happy to save money and the environment. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Saving money and the environment together is a great combination!ReplyCancel

Raw fruit and nut slice

I gave my pantry a good clean out on the weekend and found some dried fruit and oatbran that I wanted to use up.  You know me, I am loving having some healthy balls and slice on hand so I created this little recipe.  If I had the patience on this day I would of […]

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  • Jaimee

    These sound really good, going to try making some of these for morning tea.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are very yummy, Jaimee! Hope you enjoy them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Hi Katrina!

    What a lovely, healthy recipe! Are you able to advise approximately how many pieces this recipe makes?

    Thanks so much!

    AmyReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Amy, I can’t remember exactly and I didn’t slice them up equally but you could easily get 18 little piecesReplyCancel

Banana Honey Muffins

I always buy bananas on our weekly grocery shop, some weeks they are eaten up quickly, others they aren’t.  Usually I leave them as long as possible in the fruit bowl and then freeze them for future baking.  I got up early recently and popped a few bananas in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes to […]

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  • Melanie

    These look delicious, great way to use up some bananas I have in the fruit bowl, off to make some now.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are so yummy, Melanie.:) And you are right perfect for using up those over ripe bananas!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    I like that you haven’t added extra sugar. only the honey and banana for sweetness.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Mandy, i think that is enough sweetness. The honey is just the right amount.ReplyCancel

{RECIPE} Banana & maple syrup bread

Banana and maple syrup bread   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 40 mins Total time 50 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Cake Serves: 10 Ingredients 125g butter, softened ½ cup caster sugar 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 eggs 3 large bananas, mashed ¾ cup plain flour, sifted ¾ cup self raising flour, […]

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  • Mama's Style

    ooo this looks so good! i have some bananas that are getting squishy so tomorrow may be baking day ;-)ReplyCancel

Healthy, budget friendly meal ideas for the family

This post is sponsored by Coles I admit I am satisfied with meat and 3 veg for dinner, it’s easy and budget friendly. Favourites would be oven baked chicken breast or BBQ’d sausage, mashed potato and vegetables making regular occurrences on our weekly meal plan. Coles have given me the challenge to create three family friendly, not […]

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  • Andrea

    Thank you Kat, I am always trying to come up with ways to use up left over sausages and sausage sandwich get a little boring. Going to try that vegetable bake.ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    Yum those sausage rolls look great, my kids would love to have them in their lunchboxes, love your ideas, they are always realistic and very family friendly.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thank you Jan! My kids love them too, a big family favourite!ReplyCancel

  • Lydia B

    My kids love sausages, but I must admit I am a bit boring when it comes to being creative, love all these ideas, I know my kids will eat all of these and they have some fresh vegetables hidden inside too, my 2 year old is so fussy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are perfect Linda for hiding fresh veggies inside!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Sausage pasta is a very cheap meal in our house. I am a vegetarian so I have to do two separate meals. One fort partner and daughter then one for me. Sausage pasta is my favourite to make as it is done so quickly. I cook 4 meat sausages and 2 veggie sausages then boil pasta up and add a jar of pasta sauce. When the sausages are cooked, I chop them up and put into separate bowls and add the sauce and serve with garlic bread or salad. Costs me roughly £2.00 to make that. Thanks for the sausage roll recipe! I will definitely try that as my partner and daughter love sausage rolls! XReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Helen, these sound so good! I’m sure your family will love the sausage roll!ReplyCancel

  • Mandee

    The link to Teriyaki chicken and veg stir fry isn’t working…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh no so sorry Mandee, i have fixed it up.:)ReplyCancel

Homemade Beef & Vegetable Sausage Rolls

Friday night dinners in our home typically mean something fun like Pizza, Mexican, Pasta however it’s usually no side servings of vegetables, but that doesn’t mean no veg!!  On this night I made a double batch of homemade beef sausage rolls.  I’ll freeze some to have on hand for lunch boxes, I can easily pop them in […]

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  • Amy

    These were a bit fiddlier than I expected (I accidentally whizzed my veggies to mush in the Thermomix!), but once they were cooked- delicious! My kids can’t stop devouring them, and I’ve got heaps in the freezer for my next ‘I can’t be bothered’ easy night. Great recipe! :DReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Also, I’ve just realised- the recipe says to add two eggs into the bowl, but your photo above has four?ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Hi Amy, they are very yummy i agree! Yes it is 4 eggs, i just had a quick look on the recipe to double check so for any confusion.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Could I use 1kg of beef mince instead of using sausage meat?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Samantha, Yes i can’t see why you couldn’t. Let me know how they turn out.:)ReplyCancel