I’ve been suffering. My love of breakfast has taken a beating from my recent FODMAP elimination diet – I’m currently off dairy, honey, and most delicious things. However, when you look forward to breakfast as much as I do, you’ll find a way to still make it amazing, dairy or no dairy. I mean, soy…
Sundays are not made for rushing about – they are best spent lazying a little bit longer in bed, lingering over breakfast with a newspaper, connecting with friends at church or saturating your home with the delicious aroma of home baked yummies. Last sunday was one of such beautiful days and I enjoyed puttering…
How have you been?! I feel like it's been ages (because it really has been ages)! Sorry I've been quiet for some days, I was off sick, but now I'm back and hopefully for a long while.
My routines were on hold when I was sick and I was quickly reminded how much money I spend (waste?) when I go shopping without a meal plan. I like to plan my meals, work out my budget for the week, create my shopping list before I can confidently tackle my shopping. I find it helps me efficiently manage my resources and makes for a satisfied & accomplished sigh at the end of the weekend.
One routine I kept to when I was sick and will be sticking to for the foreseeable future is going to the markets. I stopped going when my third child was small, but now they are all old enough to participate constructively 'most of the time', so it's to the markets every Saturday. They like to help me scan around and remember the lowest price and then after I do my shop, they are allowed to pick one fruit or vegetable for themselves but it must be $1 or under. My two biggest kids love to pick passion fruits, but the last one sticks to her bananas.
Here's what I'm planning for dinner next week.
When I was growing up, Mom used to make the most amazing cornbread. She always baked from ANZAC & Nigerian cookbooks, so you can imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon fierce cornbread battles on the web. Americans from the South have laid ownership claims to the cornbread recipe and in their opinion if it…
What have you got planned for next week's family dinner? If you're still at the 'wondering stage', stop right there, I've got it sorted! A delicious and exciting family dinner plan is up on the blog and I've included a printable shopping list - so take the shortcut and head on to the markets. Don't worry, they are all healthy and kid friendly meals your whole family will enjoy.
I'm looking forward to the 20 minute cashew stir fry. I can't live without cashews and a 20 minute dinner is music to this busy mom's ears.
Wondering what to cook next week? I've got it sorted with this healthy family dinner plan. All that's left for you to do is write your shopping list & head to the shops.
The mini beef and zucchini burgers look like they'll be a favorite with the kids, however, the meal I'm looking forward to is the Plantain pudding. It's a Nigerian recipe that I haven't eaten in over 10 years and I wasn't pining for it till my friend in the UK sent me a picture on WhatsApp. Within 5 minutes of receiving the picture, I had bookmarked the website with the recipe, clipped it to Evernote, noted the ingredients in my shopping list and included the meal into this fortnights plan! I don't have plantains so I'll be looking out for ladyfinger bananas in the fruit market tomorrow! Yummo!!!
I love Saturdays. These days I force myself to overlook the brevity of the weekend and immerse myself wholeheartedly in the blessing of having two days off work to keep house, play with recipes, read books, watch period drama and indulge in siestas. I find that I approach Monday with a satisfied sigh when I spend my weekend in this mindset.