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Sandwich Press Veggie Fritters

My littlest one is now 9 months old and we’ve been having fun experimenting with new foods, flavours & textures.

With my first baby I did purées as advised by the hospital… Only problem was he never really got past the puree stage. He was one of those baby’s who, when it had even the tiniest lump he’d gag and bring it all back up. And by the time he finally got past that stage he became MR FUSSSSSSSSY! Even now for dinner every night he has either nuggets/sausages/fish fingers with roast Potatos and veggies which is either carrot sticks/cucumber/beans/peas/corn cob.

Then comes along my second baby and when it came to her eating food I decided I wasn’t going through the fussy puree stage again and I heard about Baby Led Weaning! This was perfect! Everything I ate so did she! Apart from an allergy to egg until 18 months, she ate everything I did. Even now she’s still a great eater although she does pull a few of Her brothers lines at the dinner table occasionally like “my belly hurts”, “im too tired” or “I don’t like it” wen though she ate it the night before lol.

So now I have bub #3 who I’ve been doing a mixed of mushed up foods and baby led weaning with. He’s had 2 big reactions to dairy and has ezcema as well so I’ve had to cut out the dairy from his and my diet (im Exclusivly Breastfeeding him). And as such I need to great creative with quick meals sometimes… Which is where the sandwich press comes in handy!

I cook on my sandwich press probably 3-4 times a week but never sandwiches. Eggs, fritters, pancakes, bacon (for miss 3), “grilled” veggies for bub. It’s such a brilliant tool! Saves so much time and electricity in the kitchen which in turn saves $$ which we all want.

Tonight we went out late night shopping and didn’t get home til 7pm, everyone was hungry especially bub but I didn’t want to just give him toast. So I whipped up these super easy corn & zuchinni frotters. They’re diary & nut free, can easily be made gluten/wheat free so they’d be great for lunchboxes too! And only take 5 mins to cook. Plus you don’t need to use oil to cook them so they’re super healthy too!

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• Crack 2 eggs in to a bowl, add 1/2 a grated zuchinni, 1/2 cup frozen or fresh corn, 1/2 tsp minced garlic, pinch salt & 1 tblsp SR flour • mix until combined • spoon tablspoon amounts onto a pre heated sandwich press, close the press down slowly watching none of the liquid oozes out • cook for 4-5 mins or til golden brown.

they’re so yummy as is or would be perfect with some hummus or natural yoghurt on top.

You could also grate or add in any mix of veggies you have laying round too! And they’d be something fun for the kids to make over the holidays!

erin 🙂

Cooking · Food · Sanity Saving · Time Saving

De stashing the food magazines

If you’re anything like me you collect food magazines… A LOT!

the only problem is that I flip through them once when I get home, put them in the bookshelf and don’t read them again.

I’m in a crazy clean out kinda mood lately (I thought this nesting feeling was ment to end 5.5 months ago when I had bub #3?!? Haha). And I’ve been undecided what to do with these magazines.

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Let’s just say this is a small pile of different food magazines I’ve collected but not used…

So this afternoon I’ve sat down and flipped through them all, taken pictures of the recipes I WILL cook and I’ve uploaded them to my relevant pinterest boards (if you don’t know me, I’m pinterest CRAZYYY!). I didn’t want to just cut them out and make up another recipe book that I’ll probably not use for ages either.

This way im still decluttering and minimalising things, getting to keep the recipes I will use without taking up more space and recycling as well.

Another good idea for magazines like this would be to donate them to your local daycare, kindy, school or doctors surgery. These places are always after things like this so they’re not just being wasted.

Budget · Food · Kids · Money Saving · Sanity Saving · School · Time Saving

The post that started it all

I’ve always been mad keen on saving money, whether it be by op-shopping, budgeting well, eating meat free, paying bills in advance, using loyalty cards or making things myself.

im definitley a bargain hunter!

recently I posted on a facebook group im apart of for The Healthy Mummy about getting my groceries for around $250 per fortnight for our family of 5!

The did an article on it (link here: http://www.healthymummy.com/mum-spends-250-groceries-every-fortnight-feed-family-five )

I shared it to my facebook page, more to be able to keep the memory and link of it and got a few comments about starting a blog from it, with hints, tips and ideas to save money.

so here goes! I hope it won’t bore everyone and I hope people get some money saving ideas out of it, whether they’re mums, dads, grandparents or even single and childfree.

erin 😊