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Often afternoons are chaotic, with driving kids around to sports, getting them to do their homework or babies and toddlers at witching hour. In the chaos our focus isn’t 100%, which can then lead to rushing in the kitchen topped with kids young kids crying around our legs, which is when accidents can happen. Read further for tips to prevent accidents in the kitchen + an easy meatballs in tomato sauce and basil recipe.

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  • Julie

    I put my soup in the blender often and wondered why it always went everywhere, I had no idea it was because it was hot, I thought I put too much in the blender and could never work out the right amount for it not to explode. This recipe sounds delicious btw, going to give it a go.ReplyCancel

    • Rachel

      Use a stick blender in the pot. Once you keep it low to the base of the pot it won’t splash upReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I put my daughter in a high chair next to me while I cook dinner and she nibbles on some of the vegetables I am preparing and plays with some toys.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Love this idea. Lisa!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie R

    I struggle with keeping my two occupied while I cook dinner, I don’t enjoy this time of day at all. So I look forward to learning more ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hope you are able to get lots of great tips. I love the idea of preparing while they are watching their favourite tv show.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa S

    I also try to get some prep done early in the day, or at least at about 3-3:30 while they are still happy to play or watch TV. I put dinner in the oven or thermomix and while it does it’s thing I give the younger two their bath. I find the trick is to feed the kids reasonably early – miss 4 and Miss one usually eat about 5pm, Miss 11 will often choose to eat with them. If I waited for hubby to get home they’d be totally past it. Then they are usually reasonably pleasant until bed time. Sometimes I get miss 11 to make a salad while the rest of the meal cooks

    But if I can’t get dinner started during the day, frozen fish, frozen veges or pre- made meatballs can be a life saver.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Great tips, Lisa! I did the same thing when mine were younger. Then once the kids were feed and bathed and in bed we would sit down and have our meal and talk about the day. It was so much easier.ReplyCancel

  • I am so glad that my children are old enough not to have to worry too much about when I’m cooking. It’s nice to be able to involve them in the cooking without to much concern. xxReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I am loving this stage too, Nicole. Especially when my 12 year old wants to get it and do most of the cooking.:)ReplyCancel

  • Great recipe! I usually do the dinner prep at around 2pm before the children come home from school.Then I can just finish it off while overseeing homework/study etc and bath time when they were younger ?
    I agree with Lisa, dinnertime at 5pm makes all the difference with little ones!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      I used to do the same thing when my kiddies were younger, it helps around 5pm when.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kat, is that watermelon potholder yours? If so, where did you get it????? it’s so stinkin’ cute!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    Hi Melanie, Kat got it from about a year age. I have had a look online and they seem to no longer stock them, which is a shame because it is just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

These spaghetti and meatball muffin bites are a fun after school snack idea, couple with some salad or garlic bread a delicious light meal, or a quirky ‘bring a plate’ idea for your next event. Check out the video on how to make them.

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  • I LOVE this idea, brilliant – even for a cocktail party nibble, will experiment with adding an egg as you suggest. xxReplyCancel

  • What a clever idea! I think this would also help wonderfully with portion control, something with which I constantly struggle… especially when it involves pasta1ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    I agree, Monique. They would make a perfect appetizer for a party.:)ReplyCancel

  • This recipe looks really different. Definitely going to give it a go.

Chicken Pad Thai is a really easy dinner that everybody will enjoy

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  • Christine

    Hi kat what can i use instead of peanut oil as my partner is allergic. ThanksReplyCancel

    • kim

      light olive or regular or vegetable coconut sesame oilReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Christine, Sesame oil should be fine to use.ReplyCancel

  • Pad Thai is a big favourite here too – always have to make enough for leftovers for lunch the next day :)ReplyCancel

    • Marie

      How do you make yours Nancy? I dot. Have a thermomix and I never seem to find a good recipe for Pad Thais. Thx.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne

    Thanks for the yummy recipe. My 2yo enjoyed it, as did hubby & I, plus it was easy to adapt to grain free for me. My 3.5yo was the only dissenter and I figure you can’t please all of them, all of the time!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      so pleased you all enjoyed it!!!ReplyCancel

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.   Pepper and Peanut Chicken Serves: Prep Time Cook Time Total Time 10 mins 10 mins 20 mins Ingredients 1 […]

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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