• #plasticfreejuly

    Plastic free tomorrow

    Have you heard of Plastic Free July? You must have. If you’re on social media then I’m sure you would have been bombarded by posts this month with the hashtag #plasticfreejuly. The idea behind this campaign is that we refuse single use plastic in the month of July as a way to clean our streets; our oceans; our planet. So why am I only writing about this now, at the end of the month? Well, it’s because I don’t want Plastic Free July to end in July. I don’t want this to be a fad and then we all move on to the next trendy thing to do and go…

  • Sweet & Sticky Oxtail Casserole

    Bring on the comfort food!

    I think we can safely say that Winter has hit hard in SA. Even the Durbanites are complaining about the cold! You know what that means…it’s COMFORT FOOD SEASON!!! “Summer bodies are made in Winter”…not in my house! The people who say ‘Summer bodies are made in Winter’ are an enigma to me. For me, Winter is all about soups, stews and hearty family meals. The feeling of coming in from the cold and having that tantalising smell of a slow cooked beef stew hovering in the air is priceless. Soups and stews are a great way to create warming, healthy meals with very few ingredients. Food Lovers Market has…

  • When last did you feel hungry?

    When was the last time you felt hungry? When was the last time that you felt hungry AND had no idea where your next meal would come from, or when? What if I told you that there are 14 million people that go hungry in South Africa on a daily basis? You would feel terrible right? Now what if I told you that more than half of that 14 million are children? Suddenly we feel much worse. I see my kids happily running around and it breaks my heart that there are children out there who don’t know when they will eat again. I strongly believe that if people can…

  • How to Create a Seafood Feast on a Budget

    How do you feel about seafood? I hated it for the first 20 years of my life. Now I wish I could turn back time because I missed out on so much of good food! It’s only now, that I am trying out different fish and playing around with flavours. The health benefits of eating seafood is well known but here’s a little refresher for you. Fish is high in many important nutrients including high-quality protein as well as various vitamins and minerals. Generally, fatty fish is better for you because it is higher in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D Eating at least one serving of fish a week…

  • R500 dinners

    5 Dinners for R500? Piece of cake!

    I love my Monday mornings. I bet you don’t hear that very often! It’s true though. My Monday mornings are for making To-Do lists for my week ahead as well as for meal planning the weeks dinners quietly while drinking a latte and nibbling on an almond square. It is a little oasis of peace amidst the organized chaos of normal momlife and besides enjoying the down time, it also ends up saving us money. How does having a coffee and a square of buttery goodness save me money? I’m glad you asked! Meal planning Taking the time to work on a meal plan is what ends up saving us…

  • One Grand Family Challenge

    It’s a wrap!

    The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge is over! The month really flew by and I can’t believe I’m typing up the final post. What an eye opening experience this has been. Before I get into it though, here’s a quick summary and the previous posts in case you missed it. The Challenge was to spend a maximum of R1,000 a week on ALL groceries (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, school lunchboxes) while still creating interesting and healthy meals for a family of 4. Spoiler Alert – I nailed it! Which goes to show that a little bit of planning and time can make a world of difference to your budget. The low-down on the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge…

  • Roast Chicken and Veg

    Week Four Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    This challenge has really opened my eyes to how much of food we both eat, and spend on. It felt restrictive to me to shop with a R1,000 budget even though I managed to still cook balanced and healthy meals and we were short of nothing. That being said, there are 14 million people going hungry every day in South Africa. I can’t even comprehend such a staggering number of people going to bed hungry and thinking of the number of kids that make up the 14 million just makes me want to cry. Food Lovers Market has been running a World Hunger Month campaign concurrently with the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge. They…

  • Week Four – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    This budgeting business is definitely getting easier. It also helps to shop at the same store because I know more or less the cost of groceries at Food Lovers Market now so when I plan the meals I can balance out the cost of ingredients through the week. Here is my Meal Plan for Week 4 I spent a total of R991,10 on groceries today and this is what it looked like You really can get a TON of fresh produce and ingredients for R1,000. All it takes is about half an hour of planning a week. Here’s is a list of what I bought: In case you missed it,…

  • Loaded Mac and Cheese

    Week Three Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    I can (almost) confidently say that meal planning is now a habit for me. I love having a list of what to cook instead of standing in front of the fridge and tying to come up with a balanced meal every day. Besides saving money, this whole process is really saving me time. If you ignore the time it takes to take pics and upload it all to social media that is, haha! Here’s a recap of the weeks meals: Day 15 – Monday – Lentil & Mushroom Quesadillas This was the first time I have ever cooked with lentils and I really don’t know why! The Quesadillas were delicious.…

  • Week Three – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    We are heading into Week 3 of the challenge and I am attempting to balance out my more expensive ingredients with more cost effective meals on other days. Monday’s Lentil Quesadillas is balancing out Fridays Prawn Thai Curry for instance. Here is the Meal Plan for this week: And this is the shopping list: Rolling over ingredients from previous weeks, such as the wasabi, is adding more flavor to my meals. The girls are also getting used to snacking on fruit and veggies which is a lovely healthy spin off. In case you missed it, here’s the Week Two recap. And don’t forget, Food Lovers Market is giving away R1,000…