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Banana and Date Muffins

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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Healthy Coconut Lemon Balls

Sometimes it’s hard to find something different to add to the kids lunch boxes, they have their usual sandwich, a piece of fruit, vegetables sticks and some baking, but there are days where they want something a little more and I am loving the ‘balls‘ that I have been making lately.  Not only are they […]

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  • Jess Virk - March 8, 2014 - 7:27 AM

    Do you have an alternative ingredient to replace the almonds? Most schools are nut free zones. I would still love to make the lemon balls, they look delicious! Maybe an after school snack :) ReplyCancel

    • Narelle - March 9, 2014 - 9:49 PM

      sunflower seeds would be a great alternative, make them into a meal with the blender.ReplyCancel

  • tabs - March 8, 2014 - 10:10 PM

    I would like to know that as well.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle - March 9, 2014 - 9:46 PM

    Beautiful is you Katrina, what a wonderful recipe, so healthy. I have the happy addiction to chocolate so my favourite snack is almond meal, honey, coconut oil and a couple of tablespoons of cacao. I used to roll these into balls, now I just put the mixture into a jar and take a teaspoon to the fridge and get some when I feel like a sweet treat. The jar has been known to find it’s way with a spoon to the computer and is enjoyed while browsing my favourite blogs : ) xReplyCancel

Choc Rice Bubble Bars

I have recently added the Vegie Smugglers range of cookbook/eBook (instant downloads) into my shop and have been trying out some of the recipes.  Vegie Smugglers have a great range of cookbooks that help you to add more vegies to the kids/family meal.   I just love how these recipes hide vegetables amongst a regular meal and it’s still delicious. I […]

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  • Sonya - March 9, 2014 - 10:19 AM

    Sounds delish, however please be aware these CONTAIN NUTS (Nutella ) , so wouldn’t be recommended for school lunchboxesReplyCancel

  • Kate - March 9, 2014 - 11:01 AM

    Am I missing something? Where are the smuggled vegetables in this recipe?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - March 10, 2014 - 8:48 AM

    My daughter is nut free with very serious allergies. This recipe looks great but would suggest replacing the Nutella with a product called Smudge made by Freedom Foods. It is nut, gluten and dairy free and obviously you are going to lose the smuggled goodness of nuts, but at least they will be lunchbox friendly.ReplyCancel

    • Kat - The Organised Housewife - March 11, 2014 - 7:58 PM

      That’s a great suggestions Lisa, I will look into Smudge!
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Apricot Balls

Over the years I have purchased the yummy little fruit bites from the healthy food section at the supermarket to include in the kids lunchboxes.  But looking more closely I’ve realised they are filled with so much sugar, coated in sugar in fact.  We are on a mission to eat healthier and this is certainly […]

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Apple Fruit Leather

My kids love the addition of fruit leather to their lunchbox or to have as an after school snack.  I don’t see the need to add any sugar or further flavours, they are delicious just as simple pureed fruit.  I use the oven to cook my fruit leathers, takes between 3-4 hours.  Alternatively you could […]

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  • Jenny S - February 13, 2014 - 1:25 PM

    What should the oven temp be for these? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - February 13, 2014 - 1:36 PM

      The lowest possible Jenny, mine is 30-40C Fan ForcedReplyCancel

  • Raewyn - February 13, 2014 - 7:37 PM

    Do you need to put them on baking paper or something or just on the oven tray?ReplyCancel

    • Lauren - February 13, 2014 - 9:17 PM

      The recipe says to use baking paper.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - February 15, 2014 - 6:28 AM

      I put them on baking paper so it’s easier to slice up and avoid it sticking to the pan.ReplyCancel

  • Lukataya - February 14, 2014 - 10:40 AM

    Have you tried this in the thermomix? How do you store it and how long will it last (if not eaten right away…)ReplyCancel

    • Lukataya - February 14, 2014 - 10:42 AM

      Oops… I just scrolled down and found the thermie instructions…. my bad. :( ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - February 15, 2014 - 6:28 AM

        no worreis Lukataya, I am trying as much as possible to include both recipes these days :) ReplyCancel

  • lj - February 14, 2014 - 1:46 PM

    how long do they last?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - February 15, 2014 - 6:29 AM

      They can last weeks LJ, but in our household, they are usually eaten within days.ReplyCancel

  • tj - February 20, 2014 - 2:35 PM

    :( Was so excited to try this but mine stuck to the baking paper! What did I do wrong?ReplyCancel

Banana Chocolate Energy Balls

I found this Raw Vegan Energy Balls recipe on Not Quite Nigella, I’ve renamed them to Banana Chocolate Energy Balls (more enticing for the kiddies).  These balls are a great way to use up some over ripe bananas and it’s a wonderfully healthy after school snack for the kids. Ingredients: 2 very ripe bananas, peeled and […]

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  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - February 10, 2014 - 9:51 PM

    Thanks so much for the shoutout Katrina! Your rename is definitely a good idea. I don’t imagine that kids would go for raw vegan anything :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - February 15, 2014 - 6:31 AM

      Thanks for the recipe Lorraine, the kids absolutely loved these!!ReplyCancel

Ham and Corn Muffins

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 - January 27, 2014 - 6:25 AM

    Why does this need sugar?ReplyCancel

Homemade Shredded Chicken Breast for School Lunchboxes

I love a BBQ Chook bread roll, it’s a quick and easy lunch to make the family.  However they are too expensive to have often and high in fat, but I have found an alternative.  I purchase a kilogram of chicken breast (it’s cheaper from the supermarket deli than packaged in the meat section), poach […]

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  • Tash @ Little Bit of Thyme - January 22, 2014 - 10:44 AM

    Shredding chicken in the thermo is the best! I use this trick all the time.ReplyCancel

  • Lizzy - January 22, 2014 - 11:42 AM

    How long do you find this lasts in the fridge before it starts to get funky?ReplyCancel

  • Lauren O'Connell - January 23, 2014 - 7:23 AM

    Can you use frozen, shredded chicken on sandwiches or is the frozen best kept for things like pasta bake?ReplyCancel

  • Christine - January 26, 2014 - 12:30 PM

    I use salt in my poaching water and save the water for stock – freeze in ice cube trays and use as needed.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Harvey - January 27, 2014 - 1:55 PM

    you can also cook it in the slowcooker and shred when done with 2 forks, it just falls apart. freeze any extra for another weekReplyCancel

  • […] time you have and how crispy you like your crust. They also both defrosted well. Recipe 3 – Shredded Chicken in the Thermomix… AND Quick Curried Eggs! (from The Organised Housewife, with an addition from The 4 […]ReplyCancel

  • Shell - January 28, 2014 - 8:56 PM

    Thanks for sharing your recipes. I have had my thermo mix for a week and love it!
    I just cooked the chicken YUM!! I won’t be buying precooked from the supermarket again.

    Shell :)

  • Ellie Scarf - February 10, 2014 - 6:45 PM

    I am using this trick all the time now! I am doing Michelle Bridges 12wbt and a lot of the wraps use chicken – I have poached in advance to avoid having to cook chicken breast every day :) ReplyCancel

  • […] Poach and shred chicken […]ReplyCancel

  • […] this year I learnt how to easily shred chicken, read more here.  The kids have been really enjoying it on their sandwiches for school, but I thought I would add […]ReplyCancel

How to Pack a Healthy Lunchbox

This is a guest post by Mona author of The Lunchbox Revolution The school lunchbox is one of the hottest topics when it comes time to get the kids organised to go back to school.  My goal is to take some of the stress out of your morning rush and help you pack a lunch […]

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  • Deb Horne - January 20, 2014 - 8:31 AM

    The lunch ideas look great! I also love the idea of sorting lunch out on the Sunday WITH the kids :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 22, 2014 - 9:20 PM

      Such important life skills to be learnt :) ReplyCancel

  • meandmyreadymadefamily - January 20, 2014 - 9:20 AM

    I am so glad you did this guest post! They are some great ideas to involve kids in packing their lunches. Because lets face it. If they don’t have a say they probably won’t eat them!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - January 22, 2014 - 9:20 PM

      It’s amazing what kids will do if they can be involved in the process!ReplyCancel

  • […] The Organised Housewife with some tips for packing a healthy lunchbox. […]ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - January 24, 2014 - 5:46 PM

    Some solid and useful information, thank you.
    I’m going to be a little controversial here. Let me begin by saying I have every respect for parents who go to the time and expense of investing in wholesome food and quality containers etc I have put 3 step children through the school routine and still have my youngest 3 in school. It is my experience that particularly where money is tight it is better to feed them well at home where you know how much they really eat. The 4 pm snack attack is a great time to “dose them up” on fruit/ veg and wholefoods. Sending them to school with brown rice is ok if you know they love it, however if they are unsure their peers will be happy to tell them it is “yuck” etc. “Sweet” treats – Favourite fruits
    “savoury” nibbles – crackers, cheese, dips, sandwiches, wraps, muffins.
    Presentation is important, what will it look like after it is shaken, tipped upside down, exposed to temperature variations etc. Is it going to be safe to eat?
    Is that $10 container going to go missing in week one? Sometimes a “disposable” water bottle with stickers to personalize it outlasts and out wins against the $15 brand name one. Is it cute for them, or you?
    Just some things to think about :) ReplyCancel

Home-made Cheese Biscuits

I’m really enjoying cooking a wonderful array of food for my family on weekends, it’s my way to relax and unwind.  My kids love crackers and dips and I have wanted to try making my own type of cracker of a while.  This is a cheese cracker which I served with avocado and smoked salmon. […]

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  • Tab - November 27, 2013 - 7:56 PM

    I love cheese biscuits! The recipe reminds me of the one my grandmother gave to me, and has since been lost. Thanks Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Horton - December 16, 2013 - 12:16 PM

    Turned out beautifully! :) Love the hit of heat the cayenne and poppy seeds provided. :) I made mini versions (about the size of a 20c piece) for gift jars. Thanks for the recipe!! :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - December 19, 2013 - 5:07 PM

      that’s a great idea Kate, a lovely savoury treat!ReplyCancel