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#31 Rosita


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Posted 04 August 2013 - 03:45 PM

I was shocked when I read the opening post, surely the Thermo nazis wold be knocking on your door demanding it back if they knew you had baked beans on toast for tea????? My husband had a fit the day ours was delivered and I told him we were having takeaway pizza for tea. Was sure they were going to take away my membership but the kids were sick/feral and the consultant left at 3.30 after delivering.

We have proper meals probably 5-6 nights a week, sometimes 7. The definition of "proper" may be stretched sometimes. Kids sometimes will have sausages from night before with mini quiches or broccoli nuggets and frozen veg for tea. Or homemade sausage rolls (with lentils, and extra veg added) plus veggies for tea. I will often make the boys (big and little) sometime or tea and have soup. I love soup and find my husband will often have a bowl as well as his tea.

I have found since having my TM I have gone back to making more meals then just meat and veg (or just veg for me) as I don't have to be in the kitchen constantly, as the boys would seize the opportunity to go nuts and jump off furniture and pull the house apart.

I often cook enough so there is another meal so that goes in the freezer, or might make something with chicken then use the chicken in something else (chicken and corn soup, chicken, leak and bacon pies or/and chicken quesadillas)
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 01:05 AM

QUOTE(squeaza @ Aug 4 2013, 02:47 PM) View Post

Our pantry looks like we're preparing for the apocalypse and at any time we have about 15kgs of rice, maybe 10 types of pasta and noodles, and enough cooking condiments (soy sauces, vinegars, asian things etc.) to sink a ship. We also always have tinned beans (especially chick peas) and a cupboard full of passata and tinned tomatoes. We buy and freeze a lot of meat, and always have green vegetables, garlic, ginger onions in stock,

Giggle - apocalypse here too - I am always shocked at how little most of my friends pantry's contain - mine is bursting at the seams - with hardly any processed foods/biscuits etc but lots of sauces, dried and canned foods. We make a lot of our bread products from scratch too as Evie is allergic to bread preservative. I tend to buy staples when I see them on special and we get meat from my BILs farm and also buy poultry on special as well. Since meal planning better I throw out much less dairy, cold meats and vegetables as they are usually used up by Sunday or I can meal plan to use them up early the following week.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:36 AM

Squeeza and CRose, I've often joked if their was a nuclear Winter we would survive on the calories stored in our pantry! We have a huge walk in pantry packed with bulk flours, beans, lentils, pasta, rice etc. We also pickle and preserve a heap of our own fruit and vegies and when sorting out our store room and pantry recently we think we have about 8-10 crates of jars of sauces/pickles/fruits/jams........ We could live for a long time on all those calories! I've vowed not to make much this summer until we get through some of the back log as I've run out of room to store the stuff. The new babies room was where a lot of it had been stored and I don't think it needs to live with jars of blood plum jam and lime pickle smile.gif
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#34 Amelia Jane

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:16 PM

We cook a proper meal probably 5 nights a week. By proper, I meat freshly prepared meat/protein and vegies. We usually have ready made ravioli once a fortnight with a jarred sauce, and DH goes out for dinner once a fortnight also, on which nights I usually just have soup and toast. The other night in a week is either take away (pretty rare) or something lunch-like, i.e. salad sandwiches or something.

DS sometimes eats with us and sometimes has something earlier in the evening, it just depends how organised I am. I start preparing dinner anywhere between 5 and 7pm, when I get home from work. I very rarely have anything ready to go earlier in the day.
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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:47 PM

QUOTE(Rosita @ Aug 4 2013, 01:45 PM) View Post

I was shocked when I read the opening post, surely the Thermo nazis wold be knocking on your door demanding it back if they knew you had baked beans on toast for tea?????

Haha! I know! I've had mine for a year now and for the first 8 months or so I rocked the home-made everything look. I lost my mojo somewhere along the track. Ironically it coincided with Soph starting school full-time. Rather than having more free time, I have a little boy who has lost his playmate.

Anyway, I spent the weekend batch cooking and feel a lot better about the world. My freezer now contains portioned up spag bog, hotpot, veggie loaf, muffins, all-bran cake, two lasagnes, beef rendang, lamb kofta, chicken tikka, bread rolls & fishcakes.

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:22 PM

And I'm SO glad I did;
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'It's too spicy'
'I don't like broccoli'
'It's very authentic but not to my taste'
'I want ice cream'

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 11:10 PM

Since going back to work this is one area of my life that is OUT OF CONTROL!!!! The kids get a proper meal but I am seriously concerned about nutritional intake of the old people in the house (typed while eating yogurt for dinner... at least it's not a tim tam ph34r.gif ).

My mother in law takes care of the kids two days a week and she always cooks a proper dinner for them (either at her house and brings it or cooked fresh at our place). As an added bonus she usually leaves leftovers for us. The other two days I am at work we have a nanny. She has always cooked for the kids and is perfectly capable but as some kind of ridiculous concession to mother guilt I force myself to prepare things the night before that she can reheat wacko.gif .

I have just been struggling to get motivated with the adult food - when we do bother it's a piece of protein with salad or veggies and nothing more than that. Otherwise it is scrambled eggs or toasted sandwiches but sometimes I am just too tired to bother with anything other than yogurt and fruit. I've even been known to have cereal when DH is out for dinner and the yogurt was finished. On Friday nights (the day I don't work) I do usually manage to get something together for us all but sometimes I am just too tired and it's fish and chips or an early dinner at our local pub.

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 01:01 AM

We have a proper meal every night except Friday is our more relaxed night and sometimes we have takeaway. Tonight I did roast chicken which is so easy once you have rubbed down the chicken, you just peel and bake the veges and chuck it all in. Then steam some greens right before you dish up.

I defrost the meat or organise it in the morning. Then when Raya comes home from school we have afternoon tea and a break. Then Raff wakes up has afternoon tea and while raya does homework I prep dinner.

I also use the slow cooker.

I do more prep now that we have stopped eating grains as part of paleo. Prior to this we would eat a lot of pasta simply because it was easier.

Hubby gets home around six and we all eat together. If Raf didn't have an afternoon sleep then I might start him early with yoghurt or steamed veges.
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