26/02/2015

Toddler lunches


{UPDATED} It is been such a hectic week. Actually hectic month! No, I can take it even further and state categorically that 2015 in not going to be a relaxing year. It has been so crazy that the only one in the house getting a (consistent ) lunchbox is the Little One. At least they verge on being a proper and healthy lunch box.

For those struggling as well here is what a did with my toddler lunches:


Sometimes only a children-friendly sausage will do! For fibre I added some dried fruit, protein is from the yoghurt and cheese squares (her favorite) and some rice crackers for crunch. I then added blueberries, grapes and stoned cherries.




Little One loves pork bangers/sausages so much (just like me) that when I make them for supper I always make extra for her lunchbox but you can also buy mini ones from Woolworthes now. In this one I added cheese roll for carbs,  yoghurt for dairy, green pepper strips, pineapple strips and dried fruits.


Sometime having something small is all she needs so I added 2 lamb meatballs and 2 ham and cheese balls (I never know what she might like). Added some vegetables for a change in the form of green peppers and carrots and some cherries, blueberries and raspberries.


Almost Easter (according to the display in all the stores anyway) and Woolworth's do these chocolate hot cross buns! Only for a while before Easter and I love them!! Add some butter and voila, great snack. I added some chicken breast, special kiddies sausages and grapes, strawberries and blueberries.



I hate adding bread to her lunchbox as she gets a 15h00 sandwich from the school as well, so this time I added rice crackers. Again these are for kiddies. I added some dried fruit to the berries and for protein I added chicken breast and laughing cow cheeses.


Mini pork bangers, the Little One's dream! To cut down on sugar I use half kiddies yoghurt and half plaint full cream yoghurt. Even kiddies products (or sometime because it is marked for kids) are very high in sugar.


Woolworth's has also brought out a mini hot cross bun which I cut in half and then divided each half into to, spread with butter: easy for the Little One to hold and eat. I added chickens strips and some mini corn cakes. For fruit I added some pineapple and blueberries.
At school she receives a cooked porridge and a cooked meal so I don't mind too much the "easy meals" I add to the lunch box. However if these are the only meals you intend giving cut down on the processed pieces and watch the sodium and sugar intake!




16/02/2015

Egg Cups | Jason's Bakery




I have sung the praises of Jason's so many times and will continue to do so for the rest of time. I have had their new coronation chicken sandwich (very sweet on crusty bread, divine!), can't live without their chocolate croissants and have smoothed ruffled feathers with the almond croissants.



I always visited during lunch hours but one morning had to come to work early. They open at 7am and then you can order one of 3 egg cup versions: smoke salmon, chorizo or sundried tomato, while still hot from the oven. Oh my gosh... flaky pastry, spicy centre (I chose chorizo) and a beautiful egg on top! At 8am they were still warm and I ended up having both! 



And they are so filling that I didn't need to order any lunch! Best start to a weekday morning yet!

14/02/2015

HappyValentine's Day!

We are having our first weekend away, just ourselves, and we treated ourselves to a visit to the beautiful Kagga Kamma Nuture Reserve, just outside Ceres about 3 hours from Cape Town. I'll do a full review later but here is what we are doing...( Hint: nothing just relaxing!)

 

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

May you be loved and spoiled, even if you have to do it yourself!

 

 

13/02/2015

COHEN DIET: Chicken Mango and Curry Lettuce Wraps




These lettuce wraps were a surprise hit, letting the chicken mixture marinate overnight meant a decent curry flavour with the lettuce giving it the crunchy texture. Don't thin the mixture too much or it will become watery the next day.




  • 1 chicken breast, cooked and sliced
  • ½ a red onion diced
  • ½ a green pepper diced
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup coriander, chopped
  • 4 strings chives, chopped
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp mild curry powder
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 50g mango, diced
  • Lettuce leaves (I use butter lettuce)




  1. In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, vinegar and curry powder. If not on Cohen add 1 tbsp plain yoghurt or some water if the mixture is too stiff.
  2. Add the chicken and mix well.
  3. Add the green pepper, onions and herbs, mix well.
  4. Add mango mix for the last time, pour into a bowl and refrigerate overnight or at least 2 hours.
  5. Serve with lettuce to scoop up the mixture.
  6. Enjoy!




11/02/2015

Onion Marmalade Dip in 1 minute!


Want a quick and satisfying dip in less than 5 minutes? I have one that took only 1 minutes and was delicious! 1 teaspoon onion marmalade or relish (I bought mine from Woolworth's and is pure evil! I can't stop eating it!) 1 tablespoon sour cream and 1 tablespoon plain full fat yoghurt. Mix well and serve 1 person.



09/02/2015

COHEN DIET: Chicken, Mango and Mustard Salad


Chicken and mango salad is such a staple on the Cohen Diet but just because it is a no-brainer. Really how difficult is it to add lettuce, green pepper and red onion to some chicken and mango? However, it can get pretty dull quickly. I have changed it up a bit from my 'nromal' Cohen friendly dressing (mayonnaise and vinegar) with some herbs ( for example Basil) but since I didn't have any access to basil, I tried mustard instead. 



It ended up tasting great with the tang of mustard and mayo and the sweetness of the mango. Another great option for this salad. Next time I might add rocket instead of lettuce...


MUSTARD SAUCE:
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tsp mayonnaise
½ teaspoon mustard powder

Mix well and serve!

02/02/2015

Lunchbox: Monday, 2 February 2015


Little Em is so much like her mother: she absolutely adores pork bangers (sausages). We BBQ them on hot coles so the are crispy on the outside and always make sure we make some extra! And what is good for the little one is good for us, so leftovers are designated straight for the lunch box ( Hubby doesn't get to them first!).




We had curry noodle salad with celery and dried raisins with the bangers for dinner, which is a cold  salad in any event, making it perfect for lunch. I added some sliced bangers in the removable dish. I added banana bread (another favourite of both me and Little Em), sandwiched with butter, 2 Laughing Cow cheese triangles and some fruit: juicy and sweet pineapple, strawberries, blueberries and grapes.





For the little one I added sliced bangers and small Laughing Cow squares (which are so much easier to eat), banana bread sticks (no butter) and fruit. I always add some full fat yoghurt, sometimes homemade to cut back on sugar.


I do however think it is time I seriously started thinking of doing something proactive in losing some of the "baby-weight". I put it in brackets because really, she is almost two and I did add some after her birth so I blame the pregnancy but know it's just me overindulging constantly on processed food. The idea is to loose some weight but also to instill some healthy eating habits that will translate into Em  learning them vicariously through me. However as I have the worst eating habits ever, it might be a too daunting task. 

Any advise? What steps have you taken in the new year? Leave a comment below, share your tips, advice or diet secrets!