Thai Red Curry + Stirfry for the kids

Ingredients: Method: – Cook the rice in the microwave as per packet instructions. I cook the jasmine rice for two minutes less than on the bag because I don’t like it too squishy. – While the rice is cooking, slice up your chicken and veg. – Fry all the veg in one pan and all the chicken in another. Season as you like, I just … Continue reading Thai Red Curry + Stirfry for the kids

Mushroom and Haloumi Pasta

Ingredients: Method: – Slice the haloumi into strips and fry both sides until golden. Remove and set aside. Try not to eat all before supper (seriously! Just fried haloumi is amazing!) – Follow the packet instructions for the pasta and get that going so that it will be ready at the same time as the pasta sauce. – Slice up the mushrooms and add it … Continue reading Mushroom and Haloumi Pasta

One Grand Family Challenge

It’s a wrap!

The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge is over! The month really flew by and I can’t believe I’m typing up the final post. What an eye opening experience this has been. Before I get into it though, here’s a quick recap of this weeks meals: Day 29 – Monday – Beans on toast This was such a busy day. I went grocery shopping that morning and took over the … Continue reading It’s a wrap!

Roast Chicken and Veg

Week Four Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

This challenge has really opened my eyes to how much of food we both eat, and spend on. It felt restrictive to me to shop with a R1,000 budget even though I managed to still cook balanced and healthy meals and we were short of nothing. That being said, there are 14 million people going hungry every day in South Africa. I can’t even comprehend … Continue reading Week Four Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

Week Four – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

This budgeting business is definitely getting easier. It also helps to shop at the same store because I know more or less the cost of groceries at Food Lovers Market now so when I plan the meals I can balance out the cost of ingredients through the week. Here is my Meal Plan for Week 4 I spent a total of R991,10 on groceries today … Continue reading Week Four – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

Loaded Mac and Cheese

Week Three Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

I can (almost) confidently say that meal planning is now a habit for me. I love having a list of what to cook instead of standing in front of the fridge and tying to come up with a balanced meal every day. Besides saving money, this whole process is really saving me time. If you ignore the time it takes to take pics and upload … Continue reading Week Three Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

Week Three – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

We are heading into Week 3 of the challenge and I am attempting to balance out my more expensive ingredients with more cost effective meals on other days. Monday’s Lentil Quesadillas is balancing out Fridays Prawn Thai Curry for instance. Here is the Meal Plan for this week: And this is the shopping list: Rolling over ingredients from previous weeks, such as the wasabi, is … Continue reading Week Three – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

Chicken Schnitzel

Week Two Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

We’re almost half way there! I am into the second week of the challenge and things are getting easier. Long term ingredients are being rolled over which is giving me more options to work with. I had fun with the cooking as usual but my favorite meal this week was definitely the Peanut Beef Stirfry on Saturday. It was such a cold day and this … Continue reading Week Two Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

Week Two – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

Week Two has rolled around and I’m feeling more confident in terms of meal planning as well as grocery shopping. I did the shop this morning and came back with a few treats over and above the groceries. I planned on doing some baking this week because we pretty much just snacked on Marie Biscuits last week (they were lovely but still). The Bakery section … Continue reading Week Two – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

Nacho Soup

Week One Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

I can’t believe we are already at the end of Week 1 of this challenge. I thought I would have grumpy kids and an empty fridge by now but we are going strong without any complaints. In fact, I still have a few ingredients left over that I will be rolling into next week so yay! In case you missed it, here’s a recap of … Continue reading Week One Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge