• 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…

  • baked Meatballs

    Recipe – Quick and Tasty Baked Meatballs

    I asked my kids what they wanted for Valentine’s Day supper…Guess who was making 1kg of meatballs on Valentine’s morning 🙋🏽‍♀️ They came out really great though so here’s my recipe for you to try. You can halve the ingredients for a single meal. Ingredients ▫️ 1kg of beef mince ▫️ 1 small onion ▫️ 5 medium garlic cloves ▫️ A handful of coriander ▫️ 1 egg ▫️ 2 carrots ▫️ Robertson’s Rustic garlic and herb spice Method ▪️ peel the onion and garlic and chuck it into a food processor with the coriander. Stop when the onion is chopped up into tiny bits. Don’t let it turn into a…

  • The easiest fish recipe you will see today!

    I am not a huge fish fan but I do love the buttery taste of kingklip. This recipe is deceptively easy considering how good it tastes at the end. Ingredients Kinglip (fillet or on the bone) A tin of coconut milk or coconut cream for a thicker sauce Fresh thyme Onion Red pepper (I used green but red would be better) Method – preheat the oven to 180 degrees – slice the onion and red pepper into strips and lay it down at the bottom of a casserole dish. Season with veggie spice. – place the kingklip on top and season with salt and pepper. – pour the entire tin…

  • Thai Red Curry and a Stirfry for the kiddos

    Ingredients: Method: – Cook the rice in the microwave as per packet instructions. I cook the jasmine rice for two minutes less than on the bag because I don’t like it too squishy. – While the rice is cooking, slice up your chicken and veg. – Fry all the veg in one pan and all the chicken in another. Season as you like, I just added salt and mixed herb dried spice with a bit of soy. – DO NOT cook the veg until soft. It needs to still have a bit of crunch. – In another pot, fry out the curry paste with some olive oil then throw in…

  • CoffeeBanana Bread

    Ingredients: 1/2 cup of sugar 1 and 1/2 cups of self raising flour 1/3 cup of choc chips A pinch of salt 1 egg 3 large or 4 smaller bananas (very ripe) 1/2 cup of oil 1/4 cup of instant coffee Method – Sift the flour, salt and sugar together then stir in the choc chips. – Beat the egg in a bowl then break up the bananas and squish it all together with the oil. – Use the tiniest bit of boiling water to dissolve the coffee then add that to the banana mixture and leave it to sit for half an hour. I don’t know why but after…

  • 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 the previous posts in case you missed it: The low-down on the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge Week One Meal Plan Week One Recap Week Two Meal Plan Week Two Recap Week Three Meal Plan Week Three Recap Week Four Meal Plan Week Four Recap as well as a quick recap of this weeks meals: Day 29 – Monday – Beans on toast This was such a busy day. I went grocery shopping that morning and took over the Food…

  • 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…