Tag Archives: Getting Kids to Eat the Good Stuff

Savoury Mince – Eating what’s left…

14 Sep

This is my favourite ‘use up the veggies’ meal.  We generally have it every Monday night, the night before our next box of fresh organic Fruit and Vegies arrive.
The principle is the same every week….

You will need…

1 packet Mince – any kind, chicken, beef, veal & pork.
Beef Stock (I use OXO because it’s my favourite)
Tablespoon of Vinegar
Splash of Soy Sauce

Any Veggies you need eaten.  (If the kids don’t like it chop it super finely or grate it)

What you do…

Finely chop your onion and add to a pan, with about a tablespoon of oil.  Now, depending on how organised you are you can either brown the onions and then add your prepared veggies….or, if you have had a busy day, put the onions on a low heat while you prep the other ingredients (Just remember to stir them)

Add the other Veggies in any order you like.  If you like your Silverbeet, for example, wilted down so the kids don’t notice them enter them now.  If you like them still a little raw and crunchy, then add them at the very end.

Add your stock now, and also add your mince.  Use your spoon to break up the mince to avoid lumps.

All you need to do now is cook it for as long as you like. Do cook it for at least 30 minutes to let all the favours blend.  I would usually cook for an hour or longer, just be sure to keep your eye on the stock as you don’t want it drying out.  Add more water or stock if you need to.

Serve on toast or mashed potatoes.

The absolute beauty of this dish is that it is so forgiving.  You can add whatever you like, and can cook it for as long as you like.  It freezes and it tastes great re-heated.

This photo shows the mince before the veggies have been cooked down.  It seem that the longer I cook them the more veggies I can get away with.

Delivery Food

13 Aug

The easiest thing I would like to share with you is a link to my produce supplier.  They are Organic Angels and they will deliver Australian grown, seasonal produce right to your door.  You can order many things, from Organic Milk, Chocolates and Fruit and Veggie Boxes.  Check them out this month as its Juicing Month, there is a great blog to go with it called Juicing Blog

I will always order a mixed Veggie box.  This has had a great impact on our family, not just because we are eating organic food, but because it has given my children the opportunity to try new fruit and vegetables.  I’m not a great fan of winter or cook veggies, I’m more of a salad person, so I’m not the best at bringing home new veggies.  Last night my 5-year-old ate the left over bowl of steamed Silverbeet which was prepared with dinner!! I just couldn’t believe it!  She didn’t eat the lot (I don’t really blame her) as the taste was too strong, but she has put it on the top of her new favourites list.  I never would have bought Silverbeet by choice…turns out it’s always been one of hubby’s favourites too.  This morning they had fresh juice with spinach, apple, celery and orange…I’m not sure what they like best, the straw or the juice…doesn’t matter!  They got the goodies in them and that was the goal.

I find the cost is equal to what I would have spent at the supermarket, which is perfect, but I don’t even have to go to the shops and I know it’s taken care of.  It also means if I put off the shopping, I am still guaranteed to have my fresh foods in the house.  It’s been good this winter when I have been stuck at home with sick kids etc, I have not run out of fresh fruit and veges.

I should also comment too on the customer service from this company…it is outstanding!

If you would like to try this, see if any of these companies deliver to your house…

Victoria

Organic Angels

Organic Food

Miss Organics

Organic Oz

Garden Organics

N.S.W

The Organic Grocery

Organic Food

Lettuce Deliver

Abundant Organics

Queensland

Home Fresh Organics

If you have an organic business and would like to be on the list, please let me know.  There is only so long a woman can sit on Google when there is work to be done!

Cinnamon Almonds

11 Aug

I have been recently researching food that are good for helping the symptoms and prevention of Asthma.  With the winter season being long, cold and wet this year, the cold and flu season is also thriving.  I have also been focusing on the Immune System, and trying to make my children’s stronger.

Zinc is an immune-enhancer and is found in Almonds, Cinnamon is loaded with Calcium and is also an anti-inflammatory.

I tried giving the children plain almonds, but they weren’t very excited about it.  I did a google search for Cinnamon coated Almonds and made a few adjustments for make it friendlier…I then told the kids I have healthy lollies and would they like to try some.  They loooveed them and love the thought that I was allowing them to have ‘lollies’ with their lunch.

Cinnomon Almond ‘Lollies’

1 Egg White
1 tsp Cold  Water
4 Cups Whole Almonds
1/2 Cup Organic Raw Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon (more for extra sprinkling, to taste)

Pre-heat your oven to 120°c

Lightly grease a baking tray (large enough to lay out all the almonds)

Lightly beat the egg white until thick, add the cold water and combine.  Gently fold in the Almonds, add the Sugar, Salt and Cinnamon.

Spread evenly onto a baking tray.   They now need to be baked for 1 hour, be sure to turn them over occasionally.  Each time you do, sprinkle more Cinnamon over the top, make sure to do it again when they have just finished roasting.  The more Cinnamon for the kids, the better.

I also found this great page, http://sites.google.com/site/cureremedies/home it has some great information on the uses of Cinnamon and Honey