Thursday, June 20, 2013

Okay, Help a Sister Out


Dave is now back at work full time while I am left at home with three scrumptious children to look after all on my very own. It's been almost a week now and our days have ranged from excellent to disastrous (yesterday, oh my word) and back to great again.

While I'm fairly* certain I can keep the children fed and entertained most days, I do doubt my ability to actually look after myself too. 

I'm sure I'll manage to make them lunch, wipe their noses and bottoms and warm them a cup of milk before rest time, but what about me? 

What will I eat (and when will I wee)?

A hungry Mummy is a grumpy Mummy round here and we ain't got no space for grumps.

I'm time poor and usually doing things with hand. So tell me, what are your go to snacks when time escapes you? 

I'd love to hear your advice and recipes.


 Do you fill the pantry with fresh baked goodies or are you more of a 'packet' person (i've been smashing some serious sa-ka-ta's these past few days)?





* okay, i'm not certain at all but I don't want to get way laid with their needs- this is about me!



34 comments:

  1. Sunday arvo's I boil and peel eggs (they'll last a week in the fridge), make hommus and various nutty dips and chutneys. It means through the week I just have to toast some crusty bread or cut up some crunchy vegies to dip and I'm good to go. If I'm feeling up to it, some bliss balls are made to have with a cuppa in the arvo for a quick energy burst.

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  2. I often snack on a bowl of cereal. I love cereal. Rice bubbles, muesli etc. Pretzels are good, I love celery with peanut butter in it too. Oh, and to go with your Sakata eating, try stirring sweet chilli sauce through cottage cheese as a dip...it is brilliant. xx

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    1. Cereal is my go-to snack as well :)

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  3. Wrap potatoes in foil and chuck them in the slow cooker at breakfast time. By lunch they are cooked...just add coleslaw, sour cream and cheese etc - and there you go: delicious, warm, filling - satisfying! Best of all - EASY.

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    1. I was going to sing the praises of a tuna salad, but you've won me over with this fab idea!! x

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    2. So agree, what a great idea

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    3. More details please! Just wrap in foil? need to oil the inside pot or anything? I LOVE THE SOUND OF THIS! and have never heard or seen it anywhere else... please do tell!

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  4. I try to bake snacks every few days to keep stuff in the fridge. These muesli bars are packed full of goodness, easy to make and so yummy! http://www.themonsterandme.net/2012/12/03/muesli-bar-recipe/

    And if I'm honest, when there is nothing else I'm pretty partial to fresh bread and lashings of butter!

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  5. I have lots of 'potential' and 'hypothetical' snack ideas that seem to elude me when it really matters...at the moment my 'at hand' snacks have been mandarines (and more mandarines) and jatz (weird - hadn't had these in years). So, can't really help you here...and I don't even have 3 kids. Or any for that matter. In an ideal world my cupboard (or fridge/freezer) would be full of low sugar treats, savoury muffins, and healthy little bits of slice. I'll just keep pinning those lovely things until they become a reality. Or until I'm so hungry that I make something out of desperation. In the meantime I'm sure I'll just keep eating toast.

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  6. I used to cook up a storm once a week that I would freeze in portioned containers and defrost for lunch or dinner. Soups are great with a fresh bread roll... Not sure if you have a microwave but things will defrost on the stove top just as well :) Zucchini slice is another good one that you can have cold or heat up with salad. I used to even cut up a fruit and veg platter that I would munch on throughout the day. Savoury muffins... Now I'm hungry! Thanks Em! I'm off to the kitchen...

    Sophie xo

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  7. I totally feel where you are at. I use the individual serve frozen vegetable bags (I think they come in four packs), microwave for 90 seconds stir through a can of sirena tuna, add some balsamic vinegar. Two minutes done. And it still tastes fine cold, when lets face it I end up eating it.

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  8. If you have a stick blender, fruit or green smoothies are quick & easy.
    snack on nuts, or fruit - when you cut up fruit for the kids, pop some in your own mouth as well. Not very classy way to eat but keeps the body going.
    The little tins of tuna are handy to have at home, to eat on bread, cruskits, corn thins or even a boiled egg.
    And soup. When you make a batch, make extra and freeze in single serves. Then you're only a microwave away from a nourishing snack/lunch.

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  9. When all else fails, just have another chocie!

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  10. I have the same problems as you. Generally I end up picking at the children's leftovers, so I'm not much help. My daily fare includes abandoned mandarins, bananas, apples, soggy vegemite toast, cold tea and breakfast cereal. I'll be eagerly checking everyone's answers for ideas.

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  11. Big pot of veggie soup with lots of lentils and pasta and beans too! Dried fruit and nuts are a quick pick me up and I like a banana smoothie as well. I have frozen pieces of banana ready to go. I chop them in pieces and wrap in foil. Add some yogurt, honey and oatmeal into the mix. Maybe a quiche might get you out of trouble as well. Leax

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  12. Fruit toast with lashings of butter, or tahini and honey. Mmmmm... xK

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  13. I don't know if you're in the car a lot, but I am, and a grab-and-go packet of something is absolutely necessary. The plus side is that if you buy something healthful, then you don't have a choice but to eat it. It's not like you can go back to the fridge.

    Otherwise, soups are my go-to meals. They're so easy and delicious. Just throw some savories in a pot, heat, and eat.

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  14. Bananas. They are filling. They can be combined with peanut butter if you are feeling like you need an extra boost. They are portable. And they can always be turned into banana bread...a kid friendly baking project with yummy results!

    Here is a recipe for sugar free banana bread.
    http://www.motherdownunder.com/2012/10/cheries-sugar-free-banana-bread.html
    And I make this one all the time too...it is VERY child friendly. I generally use coconut sugar and whatever fruit we have lying around that is just past its prime.
    http://www.motherdownunder.com/2013/01/the-real-deal-french-yogurt-cake.html

    And I second the baked potato idea. So easy and so yummy!

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  15. Nuts, I buy loads I'd different nuts and mix them all up and eat them by the handful. Yoghurt and homemade muesli (made in advance) with fruit.

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  16. I love the slow cooker potatoes idea. We do them here, and they're good.

    I'm also planning on making up a whole heap of soup portions and freezing them so that I have something to grab. Otherwise with Lacey I lived on ham and cheese toasted sandwiches.

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  17. For a snack I make up a trail mix, toasted muesli, dried cranberries, pepitas, raisins, whole almonds, dried pears, wlanuts, any dried fruit or nuts you like really. Obviously there are no nut allergies amongst my kidlets or I wouldn't include nuts. It's filling, great with yoghurt and drizzles of honey, maple syrup or golden syrup but also handy to chuck in a zip-lock and munch on while feeding or in the car. Plus it's good fibre for post c-section (I've had 2) and the rolled oats are good for lactation!

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  18. i hear ya! and i only have two littlies. I struggled to even make toast!! My milk suppy dropped from forgetting to eat and drink enough! I have a jar of almonds in the lounge,bottles of water around, fruit, pottles of yoghurt, and muslie bars, all things i can just grab. I also made a batch of Lactation cookies! thinking of you xx

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  19. Frozen peas in a cup, still frozen. I don't know why my kids like this, but bless 'em, they do.

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  20. Girdle scones with lots of sultanas, so quick and easy and feels like a treat :)

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  21. I make up batches of corn fritters and freeze them off in lots of two and three (some days are 3 days) just reheat and find some buddies avocado, tomato or poached egg (fancy i know but it really does get you through the afternoon) and bacon on a desperate day.

    P.S. i also cheat and cook my fritters in my sandwich grill ..... it will change your life

    good luck

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  22. Oh I remember this too! Always looked after the kids and bubs and when it came it me-leftovers in the fridge didn't seem that appealing! One thing that worked for me was making a couple of batches of easy meals on the weekend (when hubby was home), this meant I had some quick things on hand for the beginning of the week, though thurs and fri it was slim pickings! A simple minestrone always worked here and lasted a few days: 4L of beef stock thrown in a soup pot, chopped up onion and any veggies from the fridge, add some cooked bacon or pancetta, a cup of water, a dash of red wine, salt and pepper to taste and 2/3 cups of penne pasta, lightly simmer for about an hour, serve hot/reheated with grated cheese. You and dave are doing a fab job with those gorgeous munchkins! Xx lisa

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  23. Soup is a lifesaver! Keep some whole grain bread rolls in the freezer, and defrost it while your soup is heating up. Yummy, nutritious and fast. That, and peanut butter on toast :)

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  24. We have three kids and when there's a baby in the house, things go right back to basics. It's always easy to cook dinner in the morning and if it's the only thing you manage to do all day - what an achievement! Throw in a load of washing if you can, but don't stress too much. There you have it - one must do and one maybe - if you get any more done than that - fabulous! It is absolutely a time of lowering expectations, but consider yourself well nourished if you have one good meal a day.

    Best of luck!

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  25. A loaf of Fruit toast or bakers delight apricot delight loaf! And Pohs maple Crunch muesli is SUPERB. The key ingredient is the Wattle Seed which you can find under the Herbies Spices brand...it lasts and it is filling!

    But seriously... nothing wrong with a packet of mint slice biscuits. I am over my day revolving around food and three fussy kids! Especially when it is cold!
    We are experimenting with dough...and making our own rolls, vegemite scrolls, bacon and cheese, fetta and spinach...I just have to get that dough happening in the bread maker and then it all falls into place....Kind of!
    Otherwise...
    Drive through...

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  26. First of all, I absolutely love your blog design! I just found your blog and I have to say...I'm in love!
    Food is always tough when you're busy, but I keep lots of fruits and veggies on hand for snacking. Peanut butter goes well with anything, and hard boiled eggs are quick and keep you full. Good luck!
    xo, Hima
    P.S. I just joined the cool kids club and started a blog. I'd love for you to swing by and give me some feedback! Thank you so much!
    Hima Hearts

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  27. Tamari almonds! Hope Dave's looking after you well this weekend. Kellie xx

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  28. Hi Emily! I'm on maternity leave right now with my 3.5 year old and a 2 month old and I have the same problem. I'd love to say I cook things ahead of time to snack on later but I can't even seem to do that! I usually have a heaping helping of chocolate covered almonds while I'm nursing (hehe), but also snack on trail mix, and greek yogurt with granola, walnuts, and strawberries or grapes. I try to add berries to any cereal i'm eating and I love soups/stews that can pack a lot of ingredients. I've also been having the occasional beer because it has calories and it's yummy in summer. Oh, I also buy ready made smoothies (because getting the blender out never seems to happen...). Best of luck, I love your blog! :)

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  29. There's a few soup recipes here that my miss 3 likes as well and her fav. Homemade sausage roll recipe.
    I've tried the potatoes in the slow cooker and are fantastic with butter, grated carrot and beet root with sour cream. I also like to use new potatoes in boiling water for 10-15 mins of I'm in a hurry for a quick fix. Curry soup here http://www.poppyfoxathome.com/2012/05/winter-warmer-curry-soup.html, soup posts also here at http://www.poppyfoxathome.com/2013/06/an-autumn-soup-kitchen.html, and here at http://www.poppyfoxathome.com/2013/06/a-winter-soup-kitchen.html, or sausage rolls found here http://www.poppyfoxathome.com/2012/09/homemade-sausage-rolls.html

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  30. im in the same boat as you, and snacking on almonds all day made a very unhappy hungry mummy. So I found a recipe on good old pinterest for burritos! These ones are veggie ones, but im sure you can add what ever. And they are a savior! You just cook, wrap and freeze. Then its as simple as heating up and eating! ( I can even do it with a baby in one hand ;) )
    http://www.thevintagemixer.com/2013/03/homemade-frozen-bean-and-veggie-burritos/

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em