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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

This is a Thermoix Beef Curry recipe, however for those without a Thermomix this slow cooker Moroccan Beef Curry is delicious.  I made the mash in a saucepan on the stove, I love my Thermomix but really don’t like potato mash made in it. Ingredients: 1kg cubed gravy beef 45g butter 2 brown onions halved 1cm […]

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  • Amanda

    Moroccan Beef Curry in slow cooker for Sunday lunch “as we speak”….already smells delish! Going to add a small tin of pineapple pieces in a few hours at hubby’s request :). Serving it with quinoa (packet mix…1st time trying this). Thanks for sharing Kat and for the recipe inspirations. Enjoy the school hols with your lovelies.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hope the family enjoyed it :)ReplyCancel

  • Kay

    Hi guys,

    I am looking at buying a Thermomix and would love some feedback about the machine. Both pros and cons.

    Thanks,

    KayReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      OOh I am working on a post with all the details Kay, it won’t go live for a few weeks, but I am all pro for the new Thermomix!! It’s worth every cent!ReplyCancel

Cottage Pie Serves: Prep Time Cook Time Total Time 20 mins 40 mins 1 hour Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 800g beef mince 1 onion, finely chopped 2 carrots, finely chopped 3 tablespoons tomato paste 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 cups beef stock 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoons dried oregano 2 teaspoons cornflour ½ […]

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  • sandra

    l would love some of these great recipes, thanks.ReplyCancel

Whenever I make homemade beef rissoles I usually double the batch so I can pop some in the freezer to have ready as a meat and 3 vegetable meal or hamburgers.

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I met with a friend for lunch at a local cafe recently and must say I had the most deliciously light lunch… avocado and feta smash with smoked salmon.  It was so good, so much so I couldn’t stop thinking about it, I saw some smoked salmon when at the grocery store recently, my mouth watered so […]

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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

      • Adrien Coxe

        How does your mashed potatoes defrost! I thought potatoes didn’t freeze too well? Thanks for the recipies.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

  • Emma Feguson

    I was just wondering how does potato freeze. as in cutting up all raw ingredients put them into the same bag to freeze. I get my meat from our farm so i can only freeze the veggies in meal sizes.
    thanksReplyCancel

  • Alycia

    My husband and I both work 12 hour days, 5 days a week and travel 1.5 hours to and from work. On top of that we both study and are committed to heavy training (good nutrition is so important in preventing burn-out!). Every weekend I fill our BIG freezer with meals so if a fresh-cooked meal just isn’t possible, we don’t start relying on take out. Snacks are always available but I can portion control and keep it healthy. Clean up is easy too! We’d be lost if weren’t for freezer friendly recipes. Thanks for contributing to our collection and for the storage & defrosting hints. Legend!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Alycia, you sound so busy, and quite a lot of commuting I can understand why you need to fill your freezer. What is your favourite freezable dinner?ReplyCancel

Chicken Enchiladas are one of our family favourite Friday night dinners, I think I say this all the time when I share a mexican recipe, but we truly do love anything and everything mexican in our household.  I love that this recipe is so quick and easy to prepare, with the option to poach your own […]

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  • Yum! I can see myself making this and keeping portions of it for other nights! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely Lorraine.:) They are super delicious and freeze really well too. Though ours don’t make it to the freezer that often LOL, they make a great next day snack.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kym

    I made these and they were so good! First time and I was a bit concerned but the husband loved them. I was quite proud of myself too :)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Great job, Kym! They are so yummy aren’t they? And i’m pleased hubby enjoyed them too. A popular Friday night dinner in our house.:)ReplyCancel

My mum used to make Tuna Mornay for us all the time as children.  I remember when she began to make this for us, it wasn’t long after she purchased her first microwave oven.  She went and had lessons at the local TAFE on how to use it and came home with a folder full of […]

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  • Leanne McLaren

    I’m a busy busy mum with 3 children and a business from home !!
    I’m a organic hairdresser my be the first I think in Australia I THINK ….??
    I have been cleaning 4 draws a day now for a while
    I have most of my clients doing it too . Try one day it’s unreal what u find love Annie fringe benefits organicsReplyCancel

  • Milly

    My mum always made tuna moray with crushed smith’s chips on top. It was a favourite in our house. Yummo!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is so good isn’t it, Milly!.:) We have always had potato chips on ours.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I make the same recipe, but I serve it with crushed plain chips on top. My kids and hubby love the salty taste of it! Yummy frugal mealReplyCancel

  • Tuna Mornay is my favourite!! The only problem is my hubby doesn’t like tuna so i usually only have it when he’s away! Yum. Thanks for another perfect recipe.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh no! Hubby doesn’t realise what his missing out on, Lucy LOL.:) But at least when you do get to make it there is more for you! xReplyCancel

My husband loves lamb shanks, he often orders them when out at restaurants, but it’s just one type of meat that I rarely cook with.  However when I read this recipe in the Meals that cook themselves in the Slow Cooker cookbook it sounded delicious, very fuss free so I had to try it. I […]

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  • Paula Morgan

    Is the receipe for the soup available on your site or do I have to buy the book?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      No sorry Paula it is available in the book, it’s a fantastic cookbook with so many wonderful recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Fenny

    hi, i am trying to purchase it as e-book, but it fialed – error in the link, which i believe from the your host/server. hope it can be fixed as the soup looks so yum :) thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Fenny, hopefully you were able to log in, it’s all fixed now, we had a minor error last week :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharyn

    I made the lamb and barley soup this week and it was amazing. So yum and so easy dinner was literally done before I’d even fed the family breakfast … How good is that!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s a great recipe and I personally love any soup with barley in it, it’s filling and reminds me of a soup my Aunt used to make when I was a child. I too loved that it was so easy to prepare, hope you all enjoyed it!ReplyCancel

I have made Chow Mein for my family for years.  The kids loved it as toddlers and I found it was a great way to add some vegetables into their meals, with mince which all kids love and a fun element of wiggley noodles.  Now they are getting older I add in more curry for […]

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  • I love chow mein! This looks quick, easy and yummy perfect for a midweek dinner and I love the idea of making a double batch and using leftovers for lunchboxes! Genius!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Awe thanks Sammie! It is so good for lunch the next day on toast LOL.:)ReplyCancel

  • One of my husbands favourite recipes is chow mein, butI’m not that great at making it. I’m going to try your recipe next time – I know it will be a winner!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thanks Lucy! I find it’s a great go to dinner and great for those busy nights when the kids have after school sports. Hope your hubby likes it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Yum. I made a similar thing with chicken recently and the kids loved it. I’ll give this beef recipe a go next. How do your kids go with eating it cold the next day? My boys will only have things such as pesto pasta with chicken cold for school lunch but I’d love to try some more leftovers like this.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i like the sound of chicken too! I might give that i go.:) It is really yummy cold, the kids like it cold too.:)ReplyCancel

  • This looks really delicious! and the pictures are amazing very tasty beef chow mein with noodles .ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you! It is a very tasty meal and so good the next day for leftovers too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Great idea to help get more vegetables in the kids’ meals Kat! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Lorraine.:) I try to throw as many vegetables in as i can xReplyCancel

  • Yum yum yum I cooked this tonight and it was a huge hit with the whole family! Even my 2 little fussy eaters.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is wonderful, Amber! And even better your little one enjoyed it too.:) xReplyCancel

  • Yum, my kids would love this…why have I never made it for them? Super easy too….great idea to use for lunch and I suppose you could mix things up by using chicken mince sometimes…thank you xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It does make a yummy leftover, Monique. And yes Chicken mince would also be very nice.:)ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    Thanks Kat…this one was a winner! I probably make chow mien about once a year from an old CWA cookbook. This one was so much more tasty and loved the addition of all the veggies.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is fantastic, Tracey! Happy to hear it was a winner.:)ReplyCancel

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

  • I’ve really been trying to make an effort to use my slow cooker more this year! What a yummy dinner – this would be great for those days when you don’t have time to make dinner!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I too love my slow cooker, so easy to put everything into it and not have to worry until it’s time to dish up. This is super delicious, the kids love it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Eleanor

    i would prefer to make things with very little processed food I.e. No tomato sauce (high in sugar and salt contents). Ever since cooking from mostly natural ingredients using tinned tomatoes and spices has seen me already losing more weight as I need to get 5kg off to get the ideal weight…. Sugar and salt are the culprits in most of the processed foods that are suggested here so have been finding alternative ingredients and still produce those dishes, yum!!!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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