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Sneaking in the zucchini makes this brownie rich, moist and ooh so yummy. Your kids won’t even realise this brownie is a little healthy too!

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  • Alicia

    Wow! What an amazing concept! I always try to sneak veggies into our dinners, but not for one second did I ever contemplate adding goodness into treats! This is now on my list for baking this weekend. Thanks Kat!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes the zucchini makes most muffins really moist, I’ve made some chocolate zucchini muffins in the past, don’t think I have blogged the recipe yet, but they too were really good! Hope your kiddies like them!ReplyCancel

  • Justine K

    Thankfully I had all the ingredients in the pantry and some extra zucchini and made it this morning, the kids had a slice with a glass of milk and they really enjoyed it, got a winner here.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s great they loved it, mine really enjoyed it too, I love how moist it is and a little extra hit of chocolate with the choc chips.ReplyCancel

  • Great idea using zucchini! It’s such a mild flavoured vegetable so it would fit in well. I once made spinach ones-the spinach flavour only disappeared when they were cool!ReplyCancel

  • mary

    Kat, I was wondering how much grated zucchini would be needed as I have some in my freezer from the summer glut & I would love to make the brownies.
    Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Mary, I used 2 zucchinis. I have never thought of freezing them, did you freeze them grated or whole, do they freeze well?ReplyCancel

      • Mary

        Hi Kat,
        Apologies for my second comment & email I think my iPad has a glitch!

        I grate my zucchini to freeze, very handy to have for winter when these veggies are dearer & they freeze very well. I just wash them well & then grate! Voila. I freeze in cup measurements.
        However not very handy when I don’t have cup measurements for a recipe!
        I think I might try with 11/2 – 2 cups & see how I go.
        Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    hi Kat.
    I don’t know what happened to my comment yesterday so I will try again!

    I am wondering how much the grated zucchini would be as I have plenty in my freezer from the summer glut & would love to make the brownies.
    Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • I also sneak vegetables into muffins, I found a great recipe using beetroot, almond meal, carob, coconut oil . So simple, sweet and no sugar .ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Denise i love the sound of your recipe, i will have to give it a try.:)ReplyCancel

Honey Biscuits are a very quick and easy biscuit to make, you should already have all these items in your fridge or pantry.

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  • These look delish, I love a good biccie recipe. I will get my resident baker (15 year old daughter) on to it straight away!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Could you have more honey & less sugar do you think?ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    Are the qualities right in the recipe, or is it missing milk?
    I seem to have a bowl of what resembles bread crumbs. I have put everything the recipe asks for.ReplyCancel

  • Keera

    I’m with Andrea, a bowl of breadcrumbs. Is there an ingredient missing? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Andrea

      I ended up adding milk, but added too much and got a sticky mess but got some biscuits in the end. So maybe 3tbs?ReplyCancel

Cook dinners for the freezer to help you save time on those busy nights and money when cuts of meat are on special. Try these meal ideas for the freezer like bolognese, pies, bakes, soups & more.

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  • Kaycee

    Great list Kat. :)
    One thing I find myself doing alot at this time of the year is doing a big beef casserole in the slow cooker for dinner then putting the leftovers into pies (with a bit of bacon and cheese added)and freezing them for quick easy meals. I also do this with other leftovers (chicken, gravy and veg; roast meat, gravy & veg; casseroles; mince with added bacon and cheese; salmon/chicken mornay; etc) I do have a pie maker (or 3) so it makes it quick and easy to do – and also fills the freezer with things I know my family will eat! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea Kaycee, my son gave me a pie maker for Mothers Day so I will definatley use this tip. I love Tuna Mornay and would love to see your Chicken mornay recipe, do you mind sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • We’re huge fans of the freezer. I work really long days and don’t have time to cook when I get home so our freezer is full of curries, meat pies, cottage pies and bolognaise and chilli. I love your list because now I can add a few more things to my repetoire!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      we had the cottage pie with sweet potato last night, was so delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Karina

    Thank you so much for these freezer ideas – my days with little kids and a baby are hectic so this takes away some time spent on trying to think of healthy dinner ideas!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      happy to help Karina, bolognese and rissoles are always a great start!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I freeze muffins and unbaked cookies also.

    A tip for freezing meals is to freeze leftovers – even if there is only a single serve. These are great for lunches – or – every now and then we’ll have “freezer finds” for dinner which means that each person may be actually eating a different meal as I am using up all the single serves from my freezer.

    My DH is working away from home at the moment. The other night I made a large Butter Chicken as my grown up DS and his partner were here for dinner (the younger kids had chicken strips as the Butter Chicken was too spicy for them)- I froze the remaining Butter Chicken & Rice into 4 X Single Serves. When I’m on my own with the little ones and crave something spicy – I will prepare nuggets and veggies for the little kids and I’ll enjoy my spicy butter chicken.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love your way of planning, Julia! You sound very similar to me!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni

    I always make double batches of muffins or banana cake and frreze half ( I slice the banana cake and butter each slice first and put in packs of 2 slices) , also freeze cooked pinwheels (potato and pizza). this makes linches easy. I also make a double batch of bacon and vegie slice, one big dish and the rest in ramekins which are great for work lunches. Premade Meatballs and rissoles are in freezer also. Makes life much easier. Pumpkin soup and pea and ham soup also.ReplyCancel

  • Barb

    What are rissoles? I’m from Canada and have never heard of them…ReplyCancel

    • SusieV

      They’re like a meat pattie (for a burger), except we eat ‘rissoles’ without the burger and perhaps with gravy, mash and veg – a very old fashioned, but much-loved meal here in Oz! You can, of course, use it as a burger pattie, also!ReplyCancel

  • Carissa

    Perfect timing! I have just done another big kitchen day today. Triple batch of Lentil Bolognese, 2 big vege lasagnes, bag each of chicken, lamb and pork in marinade, 3 bags of cheese rolls, lots of fritters, and a swag of smoothie bags. Have mince and vege mince cooking right now for tacos tonight and enough left over for 2 more meals.
    My favourite is the smoothie bags. Spinach, banana, berries and various bits of fruit into sandwich bags – makes much better smoothies from frozen.

    Will be adding some of these recipes to my list for next time.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh lentil bolognese that sounds delicious! I have never heard of it before!ReplyCancel

  • This list is brilliant!
    Love, love, love it. Inspired much!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Awe thanks Dannielle.:)ReplyCancel

  • These are so handy thank you. I’m going to try the lemon chicken rissoles this week. You have inspired me to sort out my freezer as I have no space at the moment but I do have a lot of bolognaise in it!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Awe happy to help, Vicki.:) I must admit the lemon rissoles were super tasty!ReplyCancel

  • Grace

    I like to make double batches of things like turkey tetrazzini, sausage & rice casserole, stuffed pepper cups, and tallerini and freeze in meal-sized portions. I also like to brown ground beef with onions and peppers and freeze in recipe-sized portions for a quick start on things like Sloppy Joes, spaghetti, and other favorites. Since I have fibromyalgia, it is easier for me to make smaller batches of things when I am feeling well and then just pull something from the freezer during times when I am in a great deal of pain.ReplyCancel

  • Great list. I must get better at cooking and freezing meals. It would certainly make my life easier at times. My kids love meat balls which is so easy.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon

    I often make two sandwich loaves of sandwiches on Sunday afternoon. I keep them seperate by a square of paper between one sandwich and the next then stack them back in the bread bag to freeze. We either toast them up in a panini press, or grab and go for instant lunches.
    Loving your ideas! Going to make the lemon rissoles tonight!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Wow what a great idea Shannon! Ooh i hope you love the lemon rissoles, we sure did.:)ReplyCancel

Miss 12 made a batch of these delicious Jam and Cream muffins for the kids school lunchboxes.  She followed this nut and jam muffin recipe, however she didn’t want to include the nuts.  When we packed school lunches this morning Mr 12 put a muffin in a little lunch box and put it next to […]

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These muffins are delicious and reasonably healthy! Filled with wholemeal flour, oats and apples, you could even add in some sultanas if you wanted.  I was really pleased with the amount of batter this recipe made, 12 regular muffins plus 12 mini muffins, enough for the kids to have some for afternoon tea and freeze […]

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  • trisha

    It’s great to serve the kids with healthy and nutritious snack. I will try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      My kids loved them next time I’ll add in some sultanas for something different too. Hope your family enjoy them :)ReplyCancel

  • Mariana

    Sounds yum, wondering if recipe would work with maple flavoured syrup (I don’t have any actual maple syrup in the pantry at the moment)?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I don’t see why not Mariana, it just make be a little sweeter than with the real syrup. Hope you enjoy.ReplyCancel

    • Sarah

      I just made them with green maple flavoured syrup and they were fantastic!ReplyCancel

      • Sarah

        *green’sReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        That’s great to hear that it can be used too Sarah, thank you for sharing, so pleased you enjoyed them!ReplyCancel

      • Mariana

        Thanks for letting me (and everyone else) know Sarah 😉ReplyCancel

  • Niamh Burns

    Any chance you could put up the recipes in grams or lbs and oz????? Please!!ReplyCancel

Can never go past a good chocolate muffin {RECIPE} Chocolate Muffins   Author: Katrina Serves: 12 Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 25 mins Total time: 30 mins Print   Ingredients 2¼ cups self-raising flour ½ cup cocoa powder 1 cup caster sugar ¾ cup dark chocolate chips ½ cup vegetable oil ⅔ cup milk […]

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  • How fabulous! Love muffins sooo much, definitely making some of these this weekend!

    I have an Old Country Roses setting too- love your taste! XReplyCancel

  • Anna

    Delicious! I have been having a wonderful time going through your freezer ideas this past week. I have 2 children in high school, yrs 7 & 12 and I’m at uni. So am filling the freezer before uni starts. Have made the banana/honey and carrot/honey so far & today my husband and I enjoyed these fresh out of the oven. Thanks so much for your ideas.

    AnnaReplyCancel

  • […] I made a scrummy upside down pineapple cake and these yummy Chocolate Muffins from one of my favourite blogs, The Organised Housewife check her […]ReplyCancel

 A very easy muffin recipe, great afternoon treat or snack for the kids lunchbox Apple Crumble Muffins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Muffins, lunchbox Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 30 mins Print   Ingredients Muffins 1½ cups self raising flour ½ cup vegetable oil 1 egg ¾ cup caster sugar […]

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I have had this odd craving (no I am not pregnant) for dates lately, I have been making date cookies, energy balls and my latest favourite is this Banana & Date muffin recipe.  I have made quite a few variations of banana muffins over the years, with weetbix or chocolate chips, but have to say […]

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  • Chocolate banana is SUCH an underated flavour. I made a Chocolate banana protein smoothie this morning and it was the bomb!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I’m so excited to try this recipe today because my kids have allergies and this is dairy and egg free! Also, I have lots of overripe bananas 😉ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Made these tonight into 2 loaves rather than muffins. Added an extra banana, used gf flour, rice milk, chia seeds and pistachio nuts instead of pumpkin seeds ( didnt have any) tasted amazing!!! Also I used canola oil as I find EXtra Virgin olive oil has too much flavour for baking. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh sound yummy, great variation!ReplyCancel

  • Keera

    Absolutely delish! I don’t think they’ll last long :)

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    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Haha they never do in our house either, Keera.:)ReplyCancel

I LOVE Nigella, she is beautiful, her style of cooking is so homely and she has such a clever way with words it draws me in every time.  The family were wanting something gooey and chocolately recently and I have wanted to try Nigella’s Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie for awhile.  It’s completely naughty and […]

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  It has been so hot here in QLD the past few days and we have done all we can to stay cool.  These heat waves come and go with no warning and there are times when I don’t have any icypoles ready in the fridge. Often I grab some yoghurt tubs, push in a […]

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  • zose designs

    So easy and healthy. We will be making these this week for sure, during the next heatwave in Victoria!ReplyCancel

    • Poor Australia! And of course it’s right at the start of school! These are perfect for after school.ReplyCancel

  • Eva Lavelle

    Brilliant idea!!! So going to put some in the freezer for this weekend….another scorcher here in Tassie too!ReplyCancel

  • angelic_ky

    I wonder if you could do the same with custard tubs (yogo etc). Maybe not as healthy thoReplyCancel

Lunch doesn’t always have to be a sandwich, you can switch it up with a salad, wrap or a savoury muffin.  This is a delicious muffin, especially if you are introducing the kids to the world of savoury muffins.  It’s easy to make and freezeable.  I take them out of the freezer in the morning, […]

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  • Di

    Why does this need sugar?ReplyCancel

  • lindsey

    Hi, I have never heard of creamed corn? Could I just blitz normal corn in food processor? Or add in whole corn?
    ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Lindsey, yes just mash some up with a fork or blitz it in the food processor, it will help the dough to stick together :)ReplyCancel

  • lindsey

    Thanks katrina, will try these this weekend. Trying to think of different snacks/lunches for my mr 3. Love your blog lots of great ideas and organising tips :)ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Adams

    Hi Katrina, I made these and they are so yum, however in school lunchboxes they are a bit dry and crumbly (I heat mine in the micro at work for 30secs and add marg and mmm,mmm) but the kids have complained even with some marg to spread on that they crumble everywhere – any suggestions??ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Kirsten, I would suggest maybe adding a bit more creamed corn or another egg. I personally would add more creamed corm first. I would love to know how they turn out once you have added the extra ingredient, I’m curious now LOL.:)ReplyCancel

Peanut Butter Cookies   Author: Katrina Serves: 30 Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 20 mins Print   Ingredients 125g butter, room temperature 1 cup crunchy peanut butter 1 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1¾ cups self raising flour ¾ cup unsalted roasted peanuts, roughly chopped Instructions Preheat oven to 180C […]

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  • Sunshine Mands

    They look delicious. I may even add some dark chocolate chips mmmmmmmReplyCancel

  • Christiana Prosser

    does the sugar go in with the flour?ReplyCancel

    • Sorry Christiana, put the sugar in with the butter, I have just updated the recipe for you.ReplyCancel

  • Tisia Sims

    Peanut butter cookies are my Favorites. I could never find a good recipe.
    Thank youReplyCancel

Coconut Cookie   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Cookies Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 30 mins Print   Ingredients 125g butter ½ cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla essence 1 egg 1¼ cups self-raising flour, sifted 1 cup desiccated coconut 1½ cup Corn Flakes crushed Instructions Preheat oven to 180C Line baking […]

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  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Oooh I love the look of these! Such a clever way to use up any leftover cornflakes too! Thanks! :-) LucyReplyCancel

  • Kathy

    Just made a batch of these and they are yummo!!ReplyCancel

  • […] Coconut Cookies – I made these for me just because I like having them with a coffee in the afternoon. […]ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    Hello how could we make these in the thermo?ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    I am going to make these, I have heaps of coconut, not to much sugar as well. Yum yum….thanks KatReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      These are a real favourite of mine, Yvonne. Hope you enjoy them.:)ReplyCancel