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Quick and Easy weeknight dinner idea, Salmon Penne made in the Thermomix, includes a regular recipe as well.

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  • Every time I read a Thermomix recipe it always looks so quick to make – a perfect midweek meal for the whole family.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It really does making some meals easy, the Thermomix is great for busy weeknights :)ReplyCancel

  • Perfect timing Kat! I was just about to write out my shopping list for this afternoon! I’ll definitely be making this during the week. Oh and then i scrolled down and saw your Crunchy Tuna Mornay – holy moly yum!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Lucy, i have to say the Crunchy tuna mornay is a real favourite of mine too. I find it is perfect for those busy nights.:)ReplyCancel

A delicious mild fish curry the family will enjoy. Filled with loads of vegetables, onion, zucchini, carrot and pumpkin, but you really don’t need to limit it there.

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  • YUM! I love the frozen fish fillets from Aldi (such a cheap way of bringing fish into our meals!), and this looks like a winning recipe for them. :-)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I agree Sarah, we try to have fish once a week. We all love it and so good for the kids too.ReplyCancel

  • I really don’t cook enough fish – and I think it’s because I lack recipe inspiration! I’m definitely going to give this a try though!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I know exactly what you mean, Lucy, There just doesn’t seem to be a lot of different ways to cook fish but i have to say this one is very yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Excellent post ! Thanks for sharing this blog .ReplyCancel

Thank you to to Julie K for sharing one of her family favourite meals, Pepper & Peanut Chicken. It looks delcious Julie and very fancy with your rice mould.  Find more family dinner ideas here.   click on image to view recipe  

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  • Mel

    Yum! I love the look of these recipes!
    I was desperately searching for a recipe I made a few weeks back that was a warm Moroccan chicken salad that had crunchy chickpeas in it. It was so delicious but I can’t find it again, I’m sure it was on your site. Does anyone remember if it was from here?ReplyCancel

    • Mel

      It took me all afternoon but I found the recipe I was looking for!!
      I’m going to try that pepper and peanut chicken too!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Mel that sounds delicious! I haven’t got a Moroccan Chicken recipe but sounds yum especially with Chick peas.:)ReplyCancel

  • That looks so easy and delicious. Like a version of a satay sauce (my mum uses peanut butter in hers) :)ReplyCancel

This is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that all the family will enjoy.

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  • I’ve never thought to make Mexican Pasta Bake! What a great idea. It would have so many yummy flavours.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is so yummy, Lucy. We all really enoy it.:)ReplyCancel

  • We are huge fans of Mexican flavours and this pasta bake would be a massive hit in our house. I’m adding it to my meal planner. The Mexican chicken rolls look amazing too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You sound like us Kate we just love anything mexican too.:)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

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 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

This pasta bake is a delicious way to use up some left over Christmas turkey meat.  A creamy and very flavoursome roast pumpkin, spinach and turkey pasta bake.  This bake made enough for our family of 5 plus left overs for the next day.  Serve with salad and you can easily stretch it out to […]

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  • Bettina

    Can I just tell you how much I appreciate the time that you take to create this site. I love your recipies (they’ve NEVER failed!), and your organising tips.
    So, thank you, and Merry Christmas to you and your family :-)ReplyCancel

  • Juanita Chong

    Love this recipe! Didn’t have pumpkin so used potatoes instead and it still turned out yum!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh great variation, Juanita! I like it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Pedder

    Please tell me what Panko bread crumbs are? Sorry if you are repeating yourself just for me. I really love the sound of this recipe (it’s lunch time and I’m hungry too). ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      they are a crispier style of bread crumb, they can be found with other breadcrumbs at the supermarket, or try the asian food isle.ReplyCancel

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

  • Rachel Keyte

    I’ve found my favourite way is in the pressure cooker. Every time I try on the stove top it turns out like porridge – clearly I keep missing that magic moment before that happens lol.ReplyCancel

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

Spaghetti Bolognese is my kids favourite dinner, they would happily eat it each week if I planned it.  I usually double this recipe and either freeze it or plan to have it in a different meal later that week (left overs). Vege Packed Bolognese   Author: Katrina Serves: 5 Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: […]

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