Wednesday, 7 May 2014

My Top 5 Thermomix Main Meals: Chicken

We love to eat chicken in this house and I love my Thermomix so I thought I'd share with you are my top 5 favourite main meals using chicken in the Thermomix. 

5. Chicken and Pasta Salad: Meat on the Menu Recipe Book
(pictured below)

NOTE: A time saving tip for dinner time madness!

Since we eat a lot of chicken in our house I often buy our chicken in bulk, split and freeze. A time saving tip for dinner time madness! I buy my chicken breast in bulk, split and freeze. However I cube my chicken before I freeze it. Nearly all of the chicken dishes I cook use cubed chicken anyway. I find it defrosts quicker and better this way and when cooking I have one less step!!

Now I'm off to cook Quirky Cooking's Chicken and Cashews with Coconut Satay Sauce and Coconut Rice for Dinner ... Happy Cooking!!

 Are any of these in your Top 5?

What are some of your favourite Thermo Chicken recipes?

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Today is "Very Hungry Caterpillar Day"

 This year is the 45th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Eric Carle and today the 20th of March is the annual "Very Hungry Caterpillar Day. It's a real favourite in this house. In fact even my husband recalls it being his favourite book as a child. 

Here are a couple of simple activities I did with the kids last year.

1. Yogurt Tub Printing         2. Egg Carton Caterpillar 

I used a round yogurt tub for printing our caterpillars but you could easily 
use a plastic cups, cardboard rolls or toilet paper roll.

If you are looking for some great ideas check out these links below:

Or check out my Pinterest Page for The Very Hungry Caterpillar:

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Organising My Freezer

 Last Week I shared a little sneak peak of my freezer door as I working on labelling the containers I've had in there a while. Quite a few people ask to see more so here it is nice and bare ready for me to start stocking some family meals for when a new addition arrives to create absolute chaos complete our family.

Pastry is stored in the square decor containers while snacks, mince, chicken, extra meat (sausages, meatballs etc) are stored in the handy pull outs from Kmart. In my Tupperware freezer containers (blue lids) I've stored peas & corn, burgers/rissoles, steak and random stuff like left over fish fingers, small portions of taco meat. The two Tupperware red heat'n'eats are the start of my meal stocking.

When we inherited our new but old fridge freezer from my late father-in-law last year I was a little excited to have storage in the freezer door which I didn't have in our previous fridge/freezer. I purchased some more Decor containers (I only ever purchase when 50% off #cheapskate) that fit in the doors perfectly to maximise the space. In the door I store 

* frozen fruit for baking
* homemade tomato paste
* homemade pizza sauce
* garlic
* hydralyte icy poles (ready just in case)
* corn on the cob
* chilli (we use a lot)
* nuggets and packets of steam vegetables 
(my go-to emergency kids dinner)

I labelled all my containers with freezer labels I picked up from The Reject Shop for just a few dollars. I found then in the stationary section.

Of course this is not our only freezer. We turned our old fridge into a drinks/beer fridge so we use the freezer under that for storing fish, prawns, crayfish (hubby is a keen fisherman) and bread. When I run out of room in this freezer for stocking up meals I'll be turning up our camping fridge (the trusty Engel) to freezer mode and stocking that too!!
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