National Hot Tea Month – Handy Teas To Have At Home!

National Hot Tea Month seems like a great time to share some handy teas to have at home that can really help with some of the annoying health issues that seem to strike all of us at some time.

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I love a good cup of tea and beautiful fine china cups or mugs to drink it from.

On a cold day nothing warms me more than a fresh tea. Even in the warmer months drinking hot tea can actually have a cooling affect, or you can always make iced tea if you prefer.

Tea is full of health benefits including anti-oxidants, especially green tea which is a very worth contender for daily consumption.

Herbal teas have been used for centuries to help soothe the symptoms of common ailments, but if you have no idea which ones are good for what, this guide will help.

CHAMOMILE – Is the perfect choice for a sore tummy, to calm frazzled nerves and help lift you if you are feeling down.

PEPPERMINT – Is a wonderful pick me up if you are tired and is very soothing for digestive issues.

GINGER – Is a good choice for nausea and travel sickness and calming diarrhoea.

LEMON – Will ease the sting of a sore throat.

LEMONGRASS – Can ease bloating, will help calm headaches and nerves.

THYME – Is the best tea for calming a nagging cough.

SPEARMINT – Is a great tea to clear blocked sinus and ease upper respiratory infections.

RASPBERRY LEAF – Can help calm morning sickness and towards the end of pregnancy will help prepare the body for delivery.

JUNIPER BERRY – Is a great helper for dealing with urinary tract infections.

FENNEL – Can be very helpful in soothing the discomfort of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and is a great diuretic and will help flush excess fluid from your body.

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Before drinking herbal teas it is always a good idea to check with your doctor first if you are regularly taking medication or have ongoing health concerns.

Herbal teas should always be drunk without the addition of milk. Add a little honey if like sweetness.

You can buy some of these teas in the supermarket but otherwise your local health food shop should certainly have them. I prefer to buy them in teabag form, so that they don’t get brewed too strong.

Always read the directions on the packet. With many herbal teas, you will need to let them steep for considerably longer than you would a normal cup of black tea.

What is your favourite tea?

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Feeding The Family!

Day 30 – 31 Ways To Overcome Burnout!

What’s for dinner?

That can be the last thing you want to hear after a busy and exhausting day.

It can be so tempting to just pick up takeaway to save you time and effort.

With a little planning deciding on dinner can be quicker and easier.

YOUR FRIEND THE FREEZER

Do you actually know what is lurking in the back of your freezer?

I used to go and buy things to cook with only to discover a week later I already had what I needed.

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Stock take time!

With the help of a magnetic memo board on your freezer door, you can keep track of the contents. Every time you put something in or take something out, simply update the count on the board.

Defrosting meat in the fridge is the safest way to avoid contamination. Select what you need the day before and place it in the fridge to defrost overnight.

It is amazing how much food goes to waste. There are so many things you can freeze and this list will ensure you are not throwing out food that could be used at a later date.

Make sure anything you place in your freezer is in a sturdy container or snap lock bag. Don’t rely on thin freezer bags as your supplies will be quickly susceptible to freezer burn.

MENU PLANNING

Sit down once a week with your junk mail and do a plan for the week ahead.

Make use of heavy discounts on items such as meal kits, pasta and curry sauces, and other products your family enjoy eating.

Shop online and have your groceries delivered, or visit your local supermarket but only buy enough for the week ahead. Stocking up on too much fresh produce will see most of it go to waste. Fresh is best but not if has been sitting in the vegetable crisper for a week or more. Frozen vegetables retain their nutritional value as they are snap frozen fresh from harvesting.

MASTER MEAL LIST

Create a master list of meal ideas.

Get everyone in the family to contribute to the list and if you make something new that everyone enjoys, add it to the list.

A quick glance down the list can help you select meals quickly and help break the boredom of eating the same things all the time.

MENU FOLDER 

How often have you cut a recipe out of a magazine and then you can’t find it when you actually want to make that meal.

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With the help of a leaver arch file and lot’s of plastic pockets you will never loose a recipe again.

When you want to cook something just remove it from the folder and it will remain protected from cooking splatters.

I also have a folder for home ideas, Christmas and dinner parties. I just love folders!

Meal times don’t have to be such hard work, just a little planning and each night you can get straight to it and you will save a fortune on wasted food and expensive takeaways!

For the full list of 31 Ways To Overcome Burnout start here!

Superfood For Energy and Vitality!

Day 26 – 31 Ways To Overcome Burnout!

Food is our fuel.

Fill your body with junk and it will feel sluggish and slow.

Fill it with good healthy food and it will have energy to burn and feel fabulous.

Adding superfoods to your diet will boost your immune system, enhance your bodies ability to detoxify and heal.

AND chocolate is on the list!

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The A – Z of Superfoods

Acai Berries

Almond Milk

Avocado

Barley Grass

Beans

Blueberries

Broccoli

Buckwheat

Chlorella

Cinnamon

Cocoa (Raw)

Cranberries

Daikon Radishes

Dark Chocolate

Eggs (Yolk and White)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Garlic

Green Tea

Goji Berries

Honey

Kale

Kiwi Fruits

Leeks

Lemon

Lentils

Miso

Nuts

Oats

Paw Paw

Pineapple

Pomegranates

Pumpkin Seeds

Raspberries

Spinach

Spirulina

Sprouts

Salmon

Wheatgrass

Yoghurt

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Include them in your meals, eat them as snacks or whip up a smoothie.

Fresh is always best, but frozen fruit and vegetables retain their nutrients much better than produce that sits in the bottom of your fridge for long periods.

Supporting your body through times of stress with good food instead of calorie laden junk food is easy as most of these can be eaten as is with no or very little preparation required.

Happy Eating!

For more tips to help you bust through burnout, start here!

31 Ways To Overcome Burnout

31 Ways To Overcome Burnout – An everyday survival guide.

Bloggers love a challenge, and many of us will start a month long challenge to blog every day with great gusto.

 More often than not,  life gets in the way and we stumble and stop.

This time it is going to be different. Not only do we have to post every day, each post has to be on the same topic.

My first reaction was, you have got to be joking, that is impossible.

Much to my surprise, it took me all of 10 minutes to pick my topic.

Burnout is a bitch, and I am living it right now. So it is time to practice what I preach, pull out all the knowledge I have learned, and not only use all the tools myself, but hopefully help others along the way.

31 Ways To Overcome Burnout

We live in a world full of modern contraptions that do everything for us, but so many of us are totally exhausted and overwhelmed.

So much to do, not enough time.

Our happiness and health are suffering.

Anxiety and frustration rule our moods and decisions.

I am a single mum, with two gorgeous teen girls. I have a job, I blog, I write for others. I have to keep food on the table. Our house is for sale so I have to keep it spotlessly clean. I am a neat freak. I am a perfectionist. I am a ‘taxi’ driver. I am chief accountant. I am the filing clerk. I struggle to relax. I feel guilty if I sit and read for a while. I have a hard time saying no, and I am just like so many others. We are all trying to be wonder women and it is wearing us down.

Burnout is self-inflicted. Only with love, nurturing, some clever organising and nutritional support can we help our bodies turn off the excessive flow of cortisol flooding our systems.

Well I am over it, and I hope you are too!

Let this journey begin!

Affirmation – “I am worthy and I deserve a life filled with happiness and joy

Discover all the other blogs joining in this challenge here.

Day 2Super Supplements For Stress

Day 3Spend Time Outdoors Everyday

Day 4Hydration = Happy

Day 5Create A Blissful Bedroom

Day 6Scentual Support For Stress

Day 7Save Time And Shop Online

Day 8Wordless Wednesday Inspiration

Day 9Disconnect From Mainstream Media

Day 10Banish Big Bill Panic

Day 11A Super Quick Pick Me Up

Day 12Scheduling In ‘Me’ Time

Day 13‘Just Float’ Relaxation Technique

Day 14 Wise Words For When It All Goes Pear Shaped!

Day 15Music To Your Ears

Day 16 A Simple Solution For Keeping Paperwork

Day 17 Walk Your Way To Happiness

Day 18Try Something New

Day 19A Gentle Reminder

Day 2015 Minute Energy Boost

Day 21A Gem Of An Idea

Day 22Stop Complaining

Day 23Soak Away Stress

Day 24Make Mornings Easier With A Handy Hanging Organiser

Day 25 What Are You Holding On Too?

Day 26Superfood for Energy and Vitality

Day 27Watch Your Words

Day 28Right Here, Right Now

Day 29 Are You Feeding Your Anxiety?

Day 30Feeding The Family

Day 31Never Give Up

Good Food & Wine Show Brisbane 2014

Win Tickets To The Good Food & Wine Show!

One of the most delicious events on the Brisbane social calendar is happening again in October.

For 3 fun and food filled days, the best of Australian produce, wine and chefs will be on display at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

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Last year was the first time I ventured into this haven of all things yummy. See what I got up to here!

My only regret was the limited amount of time I got to spend at the show, an afternoon is not long enough to actually see everything that was on offer. I will not be making the same mistake this year.

Plan to make a full day of it.

For one low entry fee of on $26.00 per adult, you can sip away on wines from all around the country, sample sweet and savory delights, watch some of our best chefs in action and learn how to recreate amazing dishes at home. All of your favourite discoveries are available to purchase at special show prices so you can stock your pantry full of wonderful things you cannot buy at your local supermarket.

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This is a great opportunity to learn more about the things you love.

Some of the classes on offer are included in your general admission, such as the Riedel Wine Theatre which is a must for red wine lovers or those who would simply like to gain confidence in selecting wines. Coffee lovers will enjoy discovering the latest in home barista possibilities at the Nespresso Experience. Cheese lovers make sure you head straight to Cheese Alley, where boutique and popular cheese makers will delight you with just about every cheese known to man.

If you would really like to hone your cooking skills, why not join one of the many Masterclasses available.

Macaron making is an art, why not learn the secrets to making these delectable sweet morsels from the best. Adriano Zumbo will share all the tricks of the trade on how he creates his famous Zumbarons!

The Spiegelau Beer Classics Bar is offering a selection of Masterclasses on all things beer. These classes will change how you drink beer forever. Smell and sip your way to greater knowledge and appreciation of the golden brew.

Take some time to explore all the classes that are on offer and plan your day before you get there. Detailed information on each class is available here.

Porchetta slider

If all this talk of great food is making you hungry, why not whip up a batch of these incredibly yummy sliders. This is one of the recipes that will be being demonstrated by Matt Moran.

PORCHETTA SLIDERS     (Serves 12)

 

PORCHETTA

3kg pork shoulder, skin and fat scored

1/4 cup table salt

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

Salt and pepper

PORCHETTA SPICE MIX

1 tbsp fennel seeds

1/4 cup sea salt flakes

1 head garlic, cloves separated and peeled

5 sprigs rosemary, leaves picked

1 bunch oregano, leaves picked

1 tbsp white peppercorns

60ml (1/4 cup) extra virgin olive oil

APPLE SAUCE

4 Pink Lady apples, peeled, cored and quartered

60ml dry apple cider

APPLE SLAW

3/4 cup good quality mayonnaise

1/4 cup dry apple cider

1/4 white cabbage, shredded

1/4 red cabbage, shredded

2 carrots, coarsely grated

2 Brussels sprouts, shredded

1/2 red onion, sliced thinly

1 Pink Lady apple, peeled

TO SERVE

24 dinner rolls, split and buttered

METHOD

Place the pork, skin-side up in the sink and pour boiling water over the skin until score marks open up. Pat dry, then rub salt into skin, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 5 hours.

To make the porchetta spice mix, place the fennel seeds in a small saucepan over medium high heat and dry-roast, shaking pan occasionally, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Cool, then tip into a mortar and pestle, add remaining ingredients and grind to a paste.

Rinse the salt off the pork and pat dry with kitchen paper. Place in a roasting pan, rub porchetta spice mix all over pork shoulder and marinate for at least 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 160⁰C.

Brush the pork with the melted coconut oil, then roast, basting occasionally, for 3 hours or until pork is tender and crackling forms.

To make the apple sauce, simmer the apples and cider in a saucepan over medium high heat for 15 minutes or until apple is tender, remove from heat, season to taste then process with a hand held blender to form a puree.

To make the apple slaw, stir the mayonnaise and cider in a large bowl to combine, add remaining ingredients (except apple), season to taste and toss to combine. Just before serving, shred the apple, add to the slaw and toss to combine.

Once the pork is cooked, remove from oven, cover with foil and leave to rest for 15 minutes. When rested, take the crackling off and chop in to small pieces, then carve the pork. 

TO ASSEMBLE

Spread the buttered dinner rolls with apple sauce, then top with a little apple slaw, pork and crackling. Season to taste and serve immediately.

Win A Double Pass!

Thanks to the Good Food & Wine show, I have 3 double passes to give away for Friday 17 October (only valid on this day). Indulge in a whole day out of wining and dining to your hearts content.

Entry is easy!

1. Leave a comment telling me what is one thing you would absolutely love to learn how to cook.

2. Follow Wonderfully Women on Facebook, as the 3 lucky winners will be announced there on Wednesday 08 October.

Good luck!

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Luscious Pesto And Vegetable Cannelloni

Meatless Monday’s don’t have to be boring with this very tasty Pesto and Vegetable Cannelloni!

This family favourite is a great way to get kids to eat vegetables they would probably screw their nose up to.

This recipe makes enough filling for 16 Cannelloni tubes.

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LUSCIOUS PESTO AND VEGETABLE CANNELLONI

INGREDIENTS

2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped

1 handful of baby spinach leaves

1 can of chick peas, drained

2 tablespoons of basil pesto

1 500ml bottle of tomato pasta sauce

1 quantity of cheese sauce or 1 cup of grated cheese.

METHOD

– Preheat oven to 180C.

– Place the carrots and sweet potato into a large microwave safe container and add 1/4 cup of water. Cover and cook on high for 5 minutes.

– Drain off the water, add the baby spinach and cover for 10 minutes. (This will allow the spinach to wilt without cooking it)

– Add the drained chick peas and basil pesto.

– Season with salt and pepper.

– Use a stab blender to mix and chop all the ingredients until relatively smooth.

– The easiest way to fill the cannelloni shells is to use a piping bag. If you don’t have a piping bag, use two freezer bags (one inside the other), cut a small hole in one corner and fill.

Piping filling into cannelloni using freezer bags

The trick to successfully filling cannelloni shells is to hold the freezer bag close to the tube and push small amounts in at a time.

I have a piping bag, but I hate cleaning it, so the freezer bag method is my favourite, when you have finished you just throw it in the bin!

– Arrange the cannelloni shells in a single layer into a baking tray, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

– Pour the tomato pasta sauce over the cannelloni and spread evenly over the top.

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– Pour cheese sauce over the prepared cannelloni or sprinkle with grated cheese.

– Place in the oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes. Check with a skewer to make sure the pasta is soft before serving.

– Garnish with some fresh greens, or a tossed green salad.

You can also use this vegetable mix to make lasagne instead of cannelloni. Simply pour a little of the tomato pasta sauce into the bottom of the baking dish, add a layer of lasagne sheets, followed by 1/3 of the vegetable mixture. Repeat twice more. Top with cheese sauce. Sprinkle a little extra grated cheese or parmesan and bake for 45 minutes.

Enjoy!

What is your favourite vegetarian meal?

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Healthy Hot Chippies

Hot chips are one of the yummiest snacks or meal accompaniment.

Dipped in tomato sauce is just the best.

But with zero nutritional value and oddles of calories, they are not the best choice to eat regularly.

I threw out my deep fryer years ago, so I can’t be tempted to whip up a batch whenever I feel like them.

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Yum!

I have a great way to turn the humble potato into crunchy ‘chippies’ without all the oil and added calories.

They are easy to make and taste great, the kids will love them, and they make a great side to have with dinner, especially if it is something you can cook in the oven seeing it will be on anyway.

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HEALTHY HOT CHIPPIES

– Preheat oven to 200C

– Spray a large baking tray with non-stick cooking spray

– Allow 1 potato per person (as a side dish), peel and cut into thin slices

– Arrange the slices on the tray so that none are overlapping

– Brush lightly with olive oil

– Sprinkle with a little salt and sweet paprika (or any other spice you like, such as garlic salt, chicken salt, chilli powder or rosemary)

– Bake for 30 minutes, turning once until golden and crunchy.

Keep your eye on them as they will burn quickly, I may or may not have done this on numerous occasions!

Do you love hot chips?

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The only good thing about winter…hot chocolate!

I HATE WINTER!

There is not a single thing I like about winter.

I hate being cold, can’t stand layers of clothes, and even snuggling up under the doona is not enough incentive for me to enjoy winter.

Summer, you can return now!

I might have been born in Melbourne, but I have acclimatized to Queensland weather beautifully. The only problem is Brisbane seems to have forgotten that we are sub-tropical and is way to chilly at the moment.

Grumble over!

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I do like Hot Chocolate though……..actually I like anything chocolate.

Here are some awesome Hot Chocolate idea’s that might just help cheer up your winter’s night!

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This is absolutely amazing, and is not suitable for anyone counting calories.

Simply heat 3 cups of milk, 150 grams chopped chocolate and 45 ml Baileys Irish Cream in a small saucepan until hot.

If you use a stab blender just before serving you will get it nice and frothy.

Top with cream and grated chocolate for only a few calories more. 🙂

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How cute are these little hearts, made by freezing cream and then cutting into shape!

You could also use melted white chocolate, poured on to a tray and then cut into shape just before it has completely hardened.

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These little chocolate shots would be great for dinner party or for a family movie night.

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If you would like a really healthy version of hot chocolate, you can’t go past Natural New Age Mum’s recipe. It is choc full (excuse the pun) of goodness without any nasties. The kids will love the taste and you will love all the great ingredients.

Oh damn, the Hot Chocolate that I made has now gone cold as I got a bit carried away hunting down recipes!

If drinking chocolate is not your thing, why not try this great chocolate recipe for your bath.

What is your favourite Hot Chocolate drink?

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Brat Kartoffel – A Yummy Way To Serve Potatoes!

Brat Kartoffel is a simple but very tasty way to serve potatoes.

There are not a lot of recipies from my German heritage that get eaten at our house regularly but this one together with a schnitzel are always popular.

I will admit, this recipe WILL NOT grace the pages of Weight Watchers magazine, but you won’t be having them every day, so just enjoy.

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From this……..

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To this in about 15 minutes……(almost forgot to take a pic, had started serving, oops!)

INGREDIENTS

1 kg washed potatoes

1 large brown onion (peeled and diced)

6 rashers short cut bacon (trimmed and diced)

METHOD

Place the whole unpeeled potatoes in a large saucepan of salted water and bring to the boil.

Boil until just tender.

(Keep checking your potatoes by stabbing them with a metal skewer. If they are over cooked they will fall apart too much when you finish them in the pan)

Allow to cool (for at least 2 hours).

Using a small sharp knife, peel the skin off the potatoes, then chop them in to bite size pieces.

In a large pan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter with a splash of olive oil.

Add the onions and bacon and cook over medium heat until they are just starting to colour.

Add the potatoes and combine well.

Allow the mixture to cook for approximately 15 minutes until it has all browned to your liking.

Try not to stir to often as this will slow down the browing and increase the risk of the potatoes crumbling too much.

You may have to add a little more butter or oil if the mixture appears to be sticking.

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Brat Kartoffel is a perfect companion for sausages, schnitzel or a good piece of steak. This recipe will serve 4 as a side dish, just add a few more potatoes if you want some left to snack on the next day. It re-heats in the microwave really well.

What is your g0-to potato recipe?

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How To Store Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs are one of the best ways to add flavour to your cooking. Dried herbs are convenient, but they really do not taste the same.

How often do you have fresh herbs at home to cook with?

Many a time, I have bought a bunch of basil or coriander for a recipe, used a few springs and placed the rest in the vegetable crisper only to throw them out a few days later……..sound familiar?

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The perfect solution is to grow your own. A few pots of your favourite herbs can be kept alive easily by even the most un-greenthumb on the planet. A little sunshine and water will do the trick. BUT many herbs go to seed very quickly and once that happens, they are only suitable for the rubbish bin.

So picking up a fresh bunch when you need them is the next best choice.

When you get them home, don’t just put them in the vegetable crisper to dehydrate and wilt.

To help them last happily for days you just need to follow a few simple steps.

Remove them from their wrapping and pull the bunch apart. Rinse under running water. Line a storage container with damp paper towel, leaving it long enough to fold over the top and cover the herbs completely. Place the loose sprigs of herbs into the paper towel. Store in the fridge until required.

If you know you are not going to finish them all before they pass their use-by date, here are two handy hints for saving the left-overs from going to waste.

* Chop up the herbs and place into ice-cube trays. Fill with water and place in the freezer. A few hours later, remove the herb ice-cubes and store in snap lock bags. Everytime you want to add fresh herbs to a dish you are cooking, simply pop an ice-cube in to the pot or pan and it will melt quickly leaving the herbs to enhance your dish.

* Place the herbs in a blender and whizz until finely chopped. Place the herbs in a clean glass jar with a screw on lid. Add enough olive oil to cover the herbs. Seal the jar, give it a good shake and then store in the fridge. They will last for a couple of weeks and will create a lovely fragrant oil to use in your cooking.

Next time you buy fresh herbs, don’t let them rot, they can make such a difference to your dish!

What is your favourite herb?

5 Tips For Lowering Your Weekly Grocery Bills.

5 Tips For Lowering Your Weekly Grocery Bills.

Going to the supermarket to purchase our weekly groceries seems to be getting more and more expensive these days. The cost of food is rising steadily, and many people are finding it hard to make ends meet. Luckily there are a number of ways you can reduce your weekly grocery bill. If you need a little help in saving money the next time you do your weekly shop, read on. Here are 5 tips for lowering your weekly grocery bills.

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Even going ‘almost’ vegetarian is a great way to save money!

1. Look for sales.

Train your eyes to look for those big red “sale” stickers and signs, and save tons of money on your weekly food costs. Keeping an eye out for sales, and then pouncing on the opportunity when it presents itself, is a great habit to get into. It’s also a great idea to buy in bulk when a certain item is particularly cheap, and then keep it in stock throughout the year. At the very least, make sure you buy enough to last you until the next sale on that particular item. In general, most items go on sale every 3 – 4 weeks, so do some rough calculations the next time Corn Flakes are on sale, and make sure you have enough until the big red sticker shows itself again.

2. Buy in bulk.

Even when a particular item isn’t on sale, it usually makes more financial sense to buy in bulk and then portion it out once at home. For example, instead of buying that 2 piece pack of chicken for $10, buy the 6 piece “family pack” for $25 instead. It will work out much cheaper per piece that way. So pay attention to the unit price of the item, and not just its total cost. Your weekly food bill will go down as a result.

3. Plan your meals.

Not having a clear idea of the food you require each week for your meals is a recipe for disaster (excuse the pun!). Supermarket shelves are stocked and laid out in a way to encourage impulsive purchases, and you’ll find yourself buying more than you actually need if you don’t plan your meals. That’s not good for your weekly budget. Also, only use cash to buy your food, and stay away from using credit cards. Credit card debt (and the interest rate payments they entail) can hurt your weekly budget, so opt for cash instead. (If you do have a debt, speak to debt experts like Fox Symes for assistance.)

4. Use coupons.

After shopping for those items on sale, make sure you keep your receipts. You’ll often find tons of extra deals you can take advantage of on the back of them, and they can all add up to saving you even more money. Additionally, do a quick Google search for “food coupon codes”. You’ll find tons of great deals just waiting for you to print out and use.

5. Eat less meat and poultry.

When you tally up how much you spend on your grocery bills each week, what you’ll usually find is that much of your money goes towards purchasing fresh meat and chicken. Thus, if you want to reduce the amount you spend each time at the supermarket, consider cutting down on your meat. This doesn’t mean you have to go completely vegetarian. It simply means reducing the amount of meats and poultry you and your family consume each week. Sure, there are specific health benefits to reducing the amount of meats you consume too (such as reducing your likelihood for heart disease). So cutting back on meat can be both good for your wallet, and your heart.

There are many ways you can reduce the amount of money you spend each week feeding yourself and your family. Take note of the above 5 tips the next time you’re at the supermarket, and hopefully you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how little you spend each week.

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How To Have Mangoes All Year Round!

Mangoes are one of my favourite summer fruits!

This year we have been blessed with an abundance of mangoes in the shops at very reasonable prices.

Apart from eating them just as they are, mangoes are one of our favourite fruits to put in our fruit slushies.

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Before the weather has even cooled down the mango season is over and for months you can only dream about these luscious yummies.

A few years ago I was given a tray of mangoes that were just about past it. There was no way in the world that I was letting them go in the bin, but I was not eating 20 mangoes in a day or two.

I peeled them, removed the stone and cut them in slices. Each mango was wrapped in a few layers of cling wrap and I put them in the freezer. Well that worked a treat. Every time we wanted to make a slushie, we just took one of the mangoes out of the freezer, popped it in to the blender with some other fruits.

They are a little bit softer when defrosted, but still very lush, and can be pureed into a lovely sauce to drizzle over icecream or tart.

Grab a mango today and make our fav slushie at the moment…

SUMMER FRUITS SLUSHIE

1 Mango – cleaned and sliced, 1 handful of frozen Blackberries, 1 cup of tropical fruit juice, 2 handfuls of ice.

Simply place all ingredients in the blender until mixed. A perfect icy treat for this really hot weather.

What is your favourite mango treat?

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