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My star lunchbox with delicious smoothies

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I have a star shaped biscuit (cookie) cutter that i used to make today’s sandwiches pretty for the cherubs 🙂

Thought you might enjoy seeing this budget friendly idea?

Today the lunchboxes are filled with a pretty sandwich, fruit, vegetables,  crackers and a banana chocolate smoothies.

Here is the smoothie method
I didn’t really use a recipe, but below makes about 2 litres. Put the following in this order in blender.
Ice
5 or 6 ripe small to med cavandish bananas
3 tbsp cocoa
4 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 to 1 can coconut cream
Top with water
Blend until chia thickens mixture- maybe 4 minutes? Will also thicken in the reusable pouches once refridgerated.

I said this morning,  “I wonder what you”ll do today”. To which my eldest replied “I’m going to eat my lunch!”

Excellent 🙂

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Waste not lunch patties (rice and chickpea)

My mother is a beautiful person, yet one of those people who doesn’t realise their value to the world. She made me some containers of vegetarian chickpea curries that I have kept in the freezer. The last two were used last night.

The leftovers weren’t enough to feed our family again and I had a mountain of rice so I combined the following to make patties. These are dairy, egg and nut free and very delicious 🙂

Left over curry
4 pieces wholemeal bread in a processor in the patty mix
4 pieces wholemeal bread in a processor for crumbling outside
Vegan chicken stock powder
Pinch sea salt
3 small eschalots (tiny brown onions) processed until fine
Orgran no egg – egg replacement powder sprinkled on top of mix.

Method
Combine all mix ingredients
Roll patties of desired size in fresh breadcrumbs
Shallow fry in non stick pan until golden both sides

I served these for lunch and will freeze them for lunches during the week.

No waste patties. Delicious. Have a lovely week xx

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Fragrant rice salad with soy dressing

It has been very hot where I live of late. I really like having a few salads pre made in the fridge for when it’s too hot to cook. Just assemble and serve!

I found this recipe on the web and I have modified the base ingredients each time I’ve prepared it. Everyone loves this salad. The dressing is so very good. Enjoy!

Ingredients
2 cups cooked brown/white/jasmine rice
Salt
2 spring onions finely sliced
1 red capsicum diced
1 cup sliced snow peas
1 kale leaf finely chopped
Handful flat leaf parsley chopped
3/4 cup sultanas/currants/raisins
3/4 cup chopped cashews
Dressing to suit your preference.

Dressing (this makes more than you need for this salad)
In a sealed jar, shake until well combined and sugar dissolved:
1/2 cup rice bran oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
Juice of half a lemon (or more to taste)
2 level tsp sugar
1 scant tsp minced garlic
1 cm root ginger chopped
Salt and pepper

Method
Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl.
Shake dressing ingredients until well combined.
Add dressing to salad.
Serve.

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Nutritious lunch for cherubs

This lunch is easy and will be gobbled!
Home made baked beans in a wrap
Fruit box
Pasta box
Peach, spinach and chia smoothie

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Baked Beans Recipe
Ingredients
2 cups of dried navy beans
3 425 gm cans of diced tomatoes
3 tbsp tomato ketchup
3 tsp liquid smoke
1 tsp each of dried oregano and parsley
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp Massell chicken stock powder
pepper

Optional extras
diced onion and garlic
frozen peas
frozen, chopped spinach

Method
1. prepare beans. Soak in cold water for at least 8 hours. Boil beans in large soup pot for at least one hour, until cooked and soft in the middle but still hold shape. Top up with boiling water when required.
2. Drain beans and return to large pot.Add remaining ingredients and cook for a further 30 minutes or so.
3. This makes a large amount, so I keep some in the fridge and freeze a batch.

Serving suggestions
Excellent layered with dairy free sour cream (Tofutti brand I use), avocado pieces, chopped tomato and salsa.
Wraps as shown above
On toast
Served in little lunch containers.

Freezes beautifully for batch cooking.

Enjoy 🙂

10 days in the life of a lunch box

 

 

 

Hi! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on my blog so I thought this one should be full of lunchbox ideas. I am a working mum and I highly value healthy home made food for my children. I make a lot ahead. We even have a box in our freezer called “the bakery” and I’m reminded if it’s running low! We use cooler bags with small containers generally. We also have a stainless steel lunchbox for my eldest used in place of all the containers. Maybe you might enjoy incorporating some of these lunchbox components.

Lunch boxes are always packed the night before and everything put in the fridge for morning. It’s the only way I have found that works in our house.

Here are some ideas below that I regularly use and my children love. The photos aren’t always great because I assemble the lunches at night – no pinterest worthy photos here, just basic, healthful food to fuel growing bodies 🙂

Baked tofu, cheese and vege sticks.
Creamy soy milk jelly pots.
Dairy free, egg free “cup cakes” (date and apricot is a yummy combination).
Free range egg and spinach wholemeal sandwiches.
Coconut and vanilla chia pudding.
Wholemeal, dairy free scrolls.
Celery boats with dairy free cream cheese and sultanas.
Crackers with cream cheese and vegemite.
Yoghurt topped with fresh fruit.
Zucchini slice, cherry tomatoes and pepitas.
Savoury vegetarian muffins (insect shaped silicone molds have proven very popular).
Stemed vegetables with yoghurt dip.
Pasta salad with creamy sauce or plain with fresh vegetables mixed through.
Oven baked pita bread with hommus topped with peas.
Steamed corn on the cob.
Avocado splashed with lemon juice (slice in skin for easy scooping).

 

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21 nutritious breakfast ideas ready in under 5 minutes!

Need some inspiration in the morning? Some days I look at my cherubs and wonder- what am I actually going to feed you in the next 5 minutes? So, here is a list I developed to remind myself that yes, one can easily put something healthy and substantial on the table at breakfast. Yes, all of these ideas can be prepared in under 5 minutes. I have done it myself!

  1. Sourdough toast with apricot jam and cheddar cheese. Apple slices on the side.
  2. Turkish bread toasted with vegemite. Green grapes on the side.
  3. Vegetable mini muffins with vegan (or dairy) cream cheese.
  4. Pumpernickel topped with cream cheese and pear slices.
  5. Fruit platter with natural yoghurt sprinkled with sesame seeds for dipping.
  6. Natural muesli with non/dairy milk.
  7. Scrambled free range eggs with toasted, torn flat wraps.
  8. Scrambled tofu with spinach.
  9. Sauteed tofu with steamed/microwaved vegetable sticks.
  10. Leftover noodles and vegetable stirfry.
  11. Corn fritters (home made, stored in the fridge) with fruit on the side.
  12. French toast and berries.
  13. Steamed vegetable sticks, toast soldiers with yoghurt-sweet chilli dipping sauce.
  14. Breakfast smoothie (green or mango).
  15. Picnic box- vegetarian “ploughmans” style with cheddar cheese sticks, some pickled vegetables, cut cherry tomatoes, cucumber sticks, bite sized bread pieces…
  16. Home made (pre-made of course) hommus with wholemeal bread.
  17. Flash fried cherry tomatoes (until they split), doused in balsamic vinegar, roughly mashed onto toast.
  18. Left over pasta with added frozen peas.
  19. Warm tofu, satay sauce and vegetable wraps (small sized for little hands).
  20. Home made vanilla poached pears with natural yoghurt.
  21. Anything involving avocado.

I would love to hear some of your go-to breakfasts.

Have a lovely week full of delicious, nutritious breakfasts 🙂

Autism and society- is this as good as it gets?

What does it say about our society when a little boy has to wear a tshirt that pronounces he is autistic and asks for strangers to be kind to him? What treatment has this small person endured from adults in his world that has driven his parents to dress him this way?

I was in the carpark of a shopping centre with my children when I saw a little boy standing next to my car. We said hello and he smiled back at us. His mother raced up to catch him with her arms full of parcels, obviously worried. We said smiled hello and greeted each other. The tension shifted from her and her shoulders visibly dropped. It wasn’t until I was reversing from my spot that I noticed his shirt.

On the front said in bold print “I’m autistic”. On the back said “I’m autistic. Please be kind to me”. I wanted to jump out of my car and hug this woman (alas, not appropriate).  How stressed must she feel leaving the house to enjoy the sunshine? We live in a modern age, full of opportunity and information. How could our society arrive here? Is this as good as it gets? Please no. Let this be a message and a journey of repair.

This might sound like common sense, but I will continue anyhow:

  • Everyone has their own path and their own story,
  • Judgement breeds insecurity, resentfulness and sadness,
  • Kindness is the basis of everything- when stripped bare, all we really want is kindness,
  • Children learn from modelled behaviour,
  • Words hurt,
  • Love heals,
  • It is our communal responsibility to care for the children in our area,
  • People who complain about the state of our society’s problems better back themselves with direct action,
  • Small acts of kindness on a regular basis make us better people,
  • Better people make better communities,
  • Better communities make better societies,
  • Better societies make a better world.

I pledge to this little boy and his family. I will be kind. Thanks for the reminder.

A Christmas message: love thy neighbours and their children.

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It takes a village to raise a mother

"How's your motherhood travelling?"
“How’s your motherhood travelling?”

Welcome to the Whistling Kite Collective’s Journey of Wellness series.

Motherhood has been an incredible journey. One thing I have learnt, it takes a village to raise a mother. Catching up with people face to face has helped me enormously, especially in the early days when I felt like I was running downhill in the dark. My transition from woman to mother was made so much easier by being surrounded by the collective wisdom and support of others. Yes I could have done it alone, but who would want to? Being surrounded by others’ life experiences has expanded who I am and surely improved how I parent. Being able to reach out and pat someone on the back, snort into my drink, giggle at the ridiculous and cry with exhaustion has been so valuable.

This past week has been one long lesson in relationships. Each of my roles as a person has been challenged in some way.  I have felt a wide range of human emotion in a short period of time; sadness, empathy, grief, sympathy, joy, nervousness, shame, anger, excitement, shock and delight. I attended a funeral of a young, lovely person who passed very suddenly. I ran into a friend who is almost ready to birth her first baby. I spent time in nature with an amazing person and her wonderful little boy. I was lucky to spend a few hours with two dear friends that I have hardly seen since my second baby was born. When my first friend arrived at my door, I was so incredibly happy to see her I could have jumped on her! I settle for a hug and kiss. When my second friend arrived unexpectedly, I opened the door and burst into tears. My people, my village, hooray!

This week has reminded me how lucky I am. I have everything I want and need. Sure there could be more; or much, much less. Do my friends really know how special they are? Does my family? What about my favourite man? Do I really show these people how fabulous they are?

My dear friends and family near and afar have inspired me to be a better mother, to seek help, ask advice, laugh at myself, to rest when I can, to be grateful for my time and to enjoy the company of others. So, to my village, I thank you. I am blessed to be a part of something bigger, wholesome and very, very real. I also thank you internet, for connecting me to my worldwide village, where I can plug in at any time, catch up with loved ones around the globe and feel a part of it something tangible.

My favourite lessons from my village:

  1. Surround myself with positive, nurturing people.
  2. Listen and filter out any unhelpful or confusing information.
  3. Value myself and my inner voice.
  4. Quoting a very clever someone “You don’t need a book to tell you how to love your babies”.
  5. Value my people.
  6. Keep in touch.
  7. Say thank you.

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Lady Gaia, Please Grant Me…

Tired much?
Tired much?

The Context

When was the last time you were by yourself? Six out of the last eight weeks, at least one person in our home has been sick. Severity of each illness has ranged from the mildly irritating to requiring intervention at the emergency room. Life has not been dull and there has been very little rest.

My people have been very needy. So much so that I do not remember the last time I was alone. Therefore, this is my request to Mother Earth, just for the next little while.

The Request

Lady Gaia, please grant me, the

Energy- to keep putting one foot in front of the other

Humour- to see the funny side of accessorising my outfits with other peoples’ snot every day

Empathy- to put myself in someone else’s place, time and time again

Mindfulness- to enjoy little moments

Creativity- to provide a free range feeling on an inside budget (the public does not need exposure to this much snot or bodily product)

Recall- to remember why I am here

Clarity- to check myself, before I wreck myself

Imagination- to take myself to my favourite place in my head if things get a bit too much (stay tuned for this coming post in the Journey of Wellness series as this place is beautiful and amazing)

Insight- to know I always cope better when I put my earthly needs (like sleep, food and alone time) aside and focus on the requirements of my small people

Wisdom- to know this all shall pass

Integrity- to always live with respect and love

Purpose- a beautiful life.

The commitment

Lady Gaia, should you choose to grant me any of the above wishes, my family would be extremely grateful and I promise to always recycle and live more sustainably 🙂