Tips for cooking ahead

I am by no means an expert, BUT I can say that cooking ahead is really working for our family.

Leaving home at 6am and getting back at 6pm means very little time with Aidan, little time as a family – if I’m honest  (the need to just get things ready can also make us kinda snappy, all of us) So cooking ahead means we can go for a walk together or hang out in what would usually be our cooking time.

Then we pop a meal in the oven/microwave and we have home cooked meals without the fuss (well there is fuss, every second Sunday there is a lot of fuss.) But I’m loving it and wanted to share tips with anyone considering this…

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Sweet or savoury french toast waffles

French toast waffles are saving my life! As you know Aidan is not the best eater. NOT AT ALL. He is also vegetarian because my sweet little boy can’t handle the idea of animals getting hurt in the name of a meal. (I still wonder how this happened as we all eat meat) .

I have to make sure that I get the right things into his diet, like protein and iron.

french toast waffles

For iron I used things like my super simple seed bar recipe, for protein, things like my three ingredient pancakes work But what is even faster than that? French toast in a waffle maker…here is how:

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Three ingredient pancake FTW

Aidan’s all time favourite food is the humble pancake…I can’t tell you how it started or why the best pancake topping is apparently cream cheese, but he loves it and it is a way for me to get some protein in to him.

I always thought of pancake making as a whole long drawn out production but my mom’s three ingredients in a jar recipe has made this “Sunday morning treat” a wherever whenever occurrence.

This recipe makes like three big pancakes or 6 little ones

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Water saving ways to stay cool

Every one should be on a water saving mission at the moment…South Africa is currently experiencing a drought, following the lowest rainfall year recorded. There are water restrictions and water shutdown’s and at the same time IT IS HOT AS HECK OUT HERE!

It’s pretty tough to stay cool these days , especially for little kids, so I thought I would share some water free ways to beat the heat…

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Guilt Free Chocolate Pretzel Recipe

So with the diabetes diagnosis came a lot of life changes…some good, like fitting into pants that wouldn’t even come up past my thighs a few weeks ago and being more health conscious and some bad like the lack of baked goods, man I just want to stick my head into a donut! (is that a thing?) I’m resourceful though so I have come up with a few recipes that are not too bad like these “sugar free” chocolate covered pretzels

pretzels

Here’s how I made the chocolate pretzels…

I used the Clicks Smart Bite Range because it tastes good, mostly sugar free and you can always get it on that 3 for 2 sale, this is not a sponsored post but if any of you want to sponsor me, I do take candy (sugar free) from strangers…

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