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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

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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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

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

Healthy bliss balls are a raw snack filled with protein and energy, usually packed with dried fruits like medjool dates nuts and seeds, very easy to make.

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  • Bliss balls are such a favourite in our house! I’m going to try your version next time… they sound like a little ferrero rocher. Yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are similar, Lucy. But oh my the Ferrero rocher ones are just amazing too!.:)ReplyCancel

  • oh my Kat these sound amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lisa, they really are!.:) I find they are perfect for that 3pm snack craving i seem to get xReplyCancel

  • I am so excited about this because I just bought a food processor – my husband is training for a charity bike ride and we’re all trying to be more healthy and fit.
    I think these will be the perfect snack treats for when we need a little something. Definitely better than Tim Tams or my husband’s constant parade of lollies through this house haha.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      These are amazing! So deliciously yummy and healthy too! You and hubby will love them.:)ReplyCancel

Fruit muffins are always a great addition to the kids lunch box.  This recipe is easy to prepare, you can do it on the weekend and freeze so you can add to lunch boxes through the week or prepare it while you are waiting for dinner to finish cooking in the oven or stove top. Apricot Yoghurt […]

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  • Ellen

    Hi. I was just wondering if you think your apricot yoghurt muffins would be ok to freeze?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Ellen, Absolutely i freeze mine all the time and they defrost just like i have made them.:)ReplyCancel

A delicious meatless dinner that the whole family can have fun making together, get the kids in the kitchen to help.

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  • yum! This look amazing. I know what my next eggplant harvest will make now!ReplyCancel

  • Oh Lisa it really is so good, i would have to say it’s one of our family favourite meals.:)ReplyCancel

  • How cute are all of your little gnocchi helpers!! That’s very sweet! I love ricotta gnocchi – such a good winter food too.ReplyCancel

  • Louise Thomsen

    OH MY!! This is going onto my menu planner!! I LOVE the photos of the kids helping too! So wonderful!
    Louise xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is a beautiful dish and the ids just love helping me make it.:) Hope you enjoy it, Louise.:)ReplyCancel

  • By funny coincidence I made ricotta today. Recipe said it made 500g but my 2L of milk resulted in about 50g. Oops. I bought a whole heap instead and now I know what I’m doing with the leftovers. Yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL Claire.:) xReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Thanks for the inspiration Kat…love trying new recipes…have never made gnocchi before so got the ingredients today at Coles as this is def on the menu for my family this week.
    Have a lovely week ~ AmandaReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Amanda! I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as what we do!ReplyCancel

  • I wasn’t kidding! Just made up a big batch for the little man’s dinner. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

A collection of various Anzac biscuit recipes, plus slices, tarts and more based on the traditional anzac biscuit recipe.

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  • Happy ANZAC Day Kat! Thank you so much for the features – these recipes all sound so yummy!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Happy Anzac Day to you too, Lucy.:) Don’t they all sound delicious! xReplyCancel

  • Thank you lovely Kat for sharing my recipe!

    What an awesome collection. I love ANZACS! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh me too!.:) I thought it was a delicious collection of Anzac recipes, really looking forward to doing a lot of baking xReplyCancel

  • Happy Anzac Day Kat! Thank you so much for the feature. I think I’ll need to try a few more versions now :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Happy Anzac Day to you too, Lisa.:) I know i’m going to be doing a lot of baking! xReplyCancel

  • Hey Kat, thanks for including my recipe. Great list!! xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My pleasure Sonia.:) They all sound amazing. Can’t wait to try a few recipes. xReplyCancel

  • Anna

    What a great collection. Excellent. Great baking weather today with the kids!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Anna! Ooh i’m lloking forward to trying a few of these delicious recipes too.:)ReplyCancel

  • What a great roundup of Anzac favourites! Thanks for linking :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They all sound very yummy.:)ReplyCancel

  • What a great round up! Shouldn’t have opened it up before I’ve had breakfast though :)ReplyCancel

  • Ooh Nancy aren’t they just delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat, these recipe all look so amazing and thanks for posting. When I was growing up my mum used to make anzacs with lovely choc bits. I promised my kids I would make anzacs this weekend so now I have amazing list of recipes to choose from. Thanks so much xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Isn’t this list just great! I too makde a few batches over the weekend for the kids. It was great to try a few variations.:) Hope the kiddies enjoyed them.:)ReplyCancel

Homemade healthy ferrero rocher balls are so delicious, only 4 ingredients and taste so very similar to the real thing!

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  • Suzanne C

    Oh, Kat, I adore you for posting this recipe! We’re newly vegan and it’s hard to find vegan-friendly chocolate in our area. This recipe looks absolutely delicious and will help the chocolate cravings.ReplyCancel

  • They sound delish! And here’s to stealing a tasty treat off you if we bump into each other at netball.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh they are oh so good!.:) xReplyCancel

  • these sound amazing. So simple yet so delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They really are, Lisa! And a perfect guilt free snack.:)ReplyCancel

  • I love making bliss balls. Love the hazelnut meal idea in these. Delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are super delicious with the added hazelnut meal in them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    How many g of hazelnuts do you think I would need to use if I were to make my own hazelnut meal?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Emma, i have never actually tried it. I am courios to know though, would love to hear how you go.:) xReplyCancel

      • Robyn

        Could you try weighing the hazelnut meal please Katrina – easy to make your own and cheaper if you own a Thermomix.ReplyCancel

  • Adele

    Hi, does anyone know how much protein would be in these yummy ballsReplyCancel

    • M Jane

      I use calorie king to work out my home made recipes. I just put the ingredients for the whole recipe in as if is a meal and then divide by how many serves/balls/biscuits etc. There’s probably an easier way but haven’t found it yet although i haven’t looked very hard ????ReplyCancel

      • Adele

        Thats a great idea, thankyou, I will be doing that with a few recipes nowReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Great tip! Thank you for sharing.:)ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte

    Can’t wait to try these, they look yum. Do you melt the coconut oil before adding it?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Charlotte, Ooh these are so yummy! I do melt it if it is clumped together. Other times i haven’t, think it depends on the temperature in the pantry. Each bottle seems to be different. If i do have to melt it it is only for a few seconds.ReplyCancel

  • I have made Bianca’s version before, so I am keen to try yours! Ferrero Rocher are my absolute favourite!! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I just adore them, perfect healthy go to snack for that 3pm hunger.:)ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    trying to find recipes that are no sugar (including fruit & honey) for my 19 month old type 1 diabetic newly diagnosed. Can you give any advice??ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife