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Looking for a quick and easy way to prepare your family meals? If so read on……

My family has different tastes in food, different requirements and so I find preparing dinner a nightmare at times.

I found this brilliant indoor grill while out shopping one day and it’s been a lifesaver at meal times. Now I can cook steak for the boys and chicken for us girls. I only use one appliance and the washing up is easy!

The grill is electrical with a drawer you fill with water. The water acts as a buffer so there is minimal smoke. You can use it indoors or outside.

I will put recipes up from time to time of things I have cooked on this grill.

Thank you for reading my posts. Have a wonderful day.

Vicky

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A Healthy Lunch Recipe….Perfect for the whole family!

When it comes to Sunday who wants to spend ages in the kitchen. Sunday’s are for relaxing and spending time with the family. Here is a quick recipe that’s done in less than 1/2 hour. Fresh and healthy for the whole family.

Chicken and Avocado Salad

Thank you for reading my blog post. Please note this is my original recipe so if you want to share it please refer back to my page. Take care and I wish you all a relaxing day!

Vicky

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My new best friend…..

Move over George Foreman grill I have found a new best friend! The Russell Hobbs Multifunction benchtop oven!

Russell Hobbs Oven

This oven is amazing! It bakes, it grills, it air fry’s and toasts bread!

It has an easy to clean pull out tray they catches all the crumbs comes with 3 trays plus the crumb tray.

It’s not a bulky unit so would fit most benchtops. To clean just wipe with a clean damp cloth and wash removal trays in warm soapy water. Make sure to dry thoroughly before putting back in the oven. I bought mine from Big W.

Overall I give it a 10/10 for efficiency, reliability and time saving. Best of all the oven heats up quickly so no waiting time!

Thank you for reading my blog post! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Vicky

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Thrifty Thursday….. tips on how to save money around your home

This week I want to talk about some of the left over snacks your kids decide they don’t want anymore. You know the ones, the new type of chips or muesli bars! My kids love chips & wanted the Kettle or Red Rock style chips. I had found an equivalent at Aldi’s which was way cheaper and tasted just as good. So this went well for a few weeks until well, they don’t like chips anymore and I was left with packets of the ones they didn’t eat. I thought about throwing them out but that would have been a waste!

Instead I put them in a food processor turned them into crumbs, which I then blended with some spices and flour and made chicken schnitzels. I had two flavours left over, Sea Salt and Sweet Chilli, I made separate crumb mixtures as some of my family members below cant eat spicy stuff. Scroll down below for the method used and recipe for Crunchy Chicken Schniztels.

Aldi’s Chips
Place in food processor
Pulse until chips are fine crumbs
Place in deep bowl or dish and add flour and spices
Dip chicken slices into egg mixture
Coat in Flour and chip crumb mixture
Fry until crispy golden brown and enjoy!

Crunchy Chicken Schnitzel Recipe

Ingredients

Left over stale chips (approximatley 1 medium pack or 2-3 smaller packs

2 cups plain flour

3/4 finely grated parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried parsley

salt and pepper to taste

4 eggs lightly beaten

Canola or vegetable oil

500 g chicken breast cut into thing slices lengthwise

Method

  1. Place chips in food processer and pulse until fine crumbs form.
  2. Place chip crumbs in deep bowl or dish along with flour, herbs, cheese and salt and pepper. Hand mix until all combined
  3. Break 4 eggs into a separate deep bowl or dish and beat until combined.
  4. In a shallow plate pour enough flour to cover surface of plate and season with salt and pepper
  5. Wash and slice chicken into thin slices, place on clean plate and season with salt and pepper, layer chicken slices one on top of the other seasoning as you go.
  6. Once you have done that, grab a slice and place it in the plate with the flour only. Coat on both sides, dip both sides of the chicken into the egg and then place in the dish with the chip and flour crumb mixture and coat both sides. Place crumbed chicken in a separate clean plate.
  7. Once you have coated all the chicken pour oil into a heavy based frying pan to cover at least 2/3 up the side of the pan, enough to submerge the crumbed chicken
  8. Gently lower 4-5 piece of crumbed chicken at a time and fry on each side until golden brown. Remove pieces of chicken once cooked and place on a clean plate lined with paper towel to drain. Repeat the process until all the chicken has been cooked.
  9. Once cooked cover with foil and serve with mash potatoes or your favourite salad. Or load them up with gravy and cheese!
  10. Left overs can be used in sandwiches the next day.

All ingredients for this meal have been purchased from Aldi https://www.aldi.com.au/ and Woolworths Supermarkets. https://woolworths.com.au

Please note this is not a sponsored post nor am I being paid for my opinion. These are just tips I use to help me save money and I want to pass them on the help others too.

Comment below on your favourite money saving tips for around the home.

Thank you for reading my post.

Vicky

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The 4 C’s Salad

4 C’s Salad

With a few simple ingredients you can make a nutritious meal in no time at all.

I called this salad The 4 C’s salad because it contains chicken, carrots, celery and cucumber.

Ingredients

250 g chicken breast

2 large carrots

2 celery sticks

2 large Lebanese cucumbers

Salt

2 teaspoons Tarragon

2 teaspoons Oregano

1 teaspoon BBQ chicken seasoning

1 tablespoon Plant based butter or margarine

Dressing

1/2 cup Lactose free Greek yoghurt

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon Lemon juice

2 teaspoonsTarragon

Salt

Method

1) wash and Pat dry the chicken breast. Cut into thin slices.

2) place in a bowl and add herbs, chicken seasoning and salt. Mix together.

3) Melt butter/margerine in a heavy based pan and add chicken. Stir fry until browned. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.

4) in a large bowl cut the carrots, celery and cucumber into small pieces add the chicken and mix until it’s all incorporated. Set aside.

5) In a separate bowl mix the salad dressing ingredients until all combined. Pour over the salad and mix until coated.

6) Divide into 2 bowls for a main meal or 4 if you are using the salad as a side dish.

I purchased my ingredients from my local http://www.woolworths.com.au

Thank you for reading my post and I hope you enjoyed this recipe.

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When two dinners collide…..

Again it’s dinner time and I am at my wits end. One lone teenager protesting I am not eating what everyone else is eating!

My go to sometimes is hamburgers for everyone but I think that option has worn out it’s welcome.

Homemade hamburger and wedges

We mainly eat chicken mince now due to dietary requirements and Mr nearly 16 luckily can still eat beef.

I made chicken meatballs in a white sauce for us and a beef burger for my teenager son. I also made homemade potato wedges and some tortellini also in white saw to go with the chicken meatballs.

Chicken meatballs in white sauce
Chicken ravioli in white sauce

Chicken meatball recipe

Ingredients

500g organic chicken mince

Salt to taste

3/4 cup glutenfree breadcrumbs

1 teaspoon of dried tarragon

1 teaspoon dried oregano

White sauce ingredients

1 tablespoon plant based butter (I used Nutlex pulse

1 tablespoon gluten free plain flour ( I used Organ)

1 cup organic almond milk (I used the Australia’s own brand

Salt to taste

Cinnamon (optional)

Nutmeg (optional)

Method

1) Put all ingredients in a large bowl. combine until all ingredients are incorporated into the meat. Cover and refrigerate for 1/2.

2) once taken out of fridge shape into meatballs (makes approximately 10 medium meatballs.) set aside

3) in a heavy based pan melt a tablespoon of plant based butter. Place the meatballs in the pan and cover with lid. Once the meatballs start turning white. Remove lid and turn them. Put lid on again and cook a further 5 minutes on low.

4) in a separate pan melt 1 tablespoon of plant butter and add 1 tablespoon of gluten-free flour. Mix until butter is incorporated into flour. Slowly add 1 cup of of organic almond milk. Stirring with eat edition until all combined. Lower temperature and simmer stirring occasionally until saw thickens.

5) remove from heat and pour over meatballs. Replace lid on pan and simmer for a further 5 minutes.

6) once done place in ceramic dish and serve with a salad or potato wedges.

This is an original recipe of mine all ingredients bought at Woolworths

I will include the recipe for the wedge and burger in another post.

Thank you for reading! Happy eating 🥗

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500g chicken- 3 different recipes.

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Feeding the fam sure isn’t easy and when it’s a Monday night and the week is long it’s even less appealing!

Throw in a few food intolerances and a fussy teenager and it’s a downright nightmare.

I have been buying Woolworths Organic chicken for a while now and basically anything with chicken is a hit in our house!

I made a chicken snack pack using Taste.com.au recipe and some McCain’s shoestring fries! Squirt on some barbecue sauce and ketchup and you are good to go. Was a hit with Mr fussy teen and a relief for me!

For myself & hubby less is more. I diced the chicken and tossed it in some olive oil (organic of course), chives and thyme add salt as well to taste. Heat up a skillet and melt nut or plant based butter and stir fry chicken, add diced potatoes and cook until tender. Before cooking chicken boil enough water in a seperate pot to cook 1 cup of brown rice & quinoa. Once cooked, drain and add to cooked chicken and potatoes. Stir fry to mix. Portion into plates and serve.

I left some in the pan and added a Masterfoods honey chicken satchet and stir fried until combined. That kept child no.2 happy.

This also kept mum happy because there was minimal washing up! See Monday isn’t so bad after all!

Happy eating!

Vicky 🥗