Cooking, Renovations and Fun Stuff

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Gluten-Free Meal Plan 3 (Spring)

Friday – steak with asparagus (my first bunch of the season!), onion rings and baked potato

3 steak potato


Saturday – kangaroo burgers with gluten-free toast, lots of salad and homemade chips

3 burger spread 3 burger 

Sunday – roast chicken with roast carrots and sweet potato, sage-and-onion stuffing (made with gluten-free bread) and peas

3 roast chicken 

Monday – stir-fried chicken with onions, mushrooms and broccoli (on basmati rice)

3 chicken stir-fry


Tuesday – Chilli beans with capsicum and onion, topped with cheese, shredded lettuce and guacamole (on basmati rice)

3 chilli beans


Wednesday – Thai red curry salmon (on basmati rice)

3 salmon curry


Thursday – Thai-style salmon and noodles

3 salmon noodles

3 noodles

Friday, September 21, 2012

Gluten-Free Meal Plan 2 (Spring)

Spring veg and fruit:
14 Sep

Friday – Thai Red Curry Salmon with bok choy and carrots (basmati rice):
salmon curry
Sunday brunch – Silverbeet and Mushroom Squares
Sunday dinner – Roast chicken with roast beetroot, broccoli and potatoes
Monday - Leftover roast chicken taken off the bone and made into a stir-fry with broccoli and carrots (basmati rice)
Tuesday – Chilli beans with grated carrot and zucchini, topped with avocado and shredded cos lettuce (basmati rice):
chilli beans
Wednesday – Salmon and zucchini frittata with corn on the cob
Thursday – Chickpea and sweet potato curry (basmati rice)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Gluten-Free Meal Plan 1 (Spring)

7 sep
Here’s what we got in the way of fruit and veg last Friday and what I ended up making with it:
Sat: Chilli beef mince with green capsicum and zucchini (basmati rice)
Sun: Roast chicken with corn on the cob, cauliflower and potatoes
Mon: Leftover roast chicken taken off the bone and made into a stir-fry with bok choy and carrots (brown rice)
Tue: Dal with broccoli and spinach (brown rice)
Wed: Frittata with silverbeet and mushrooms, sweet potato on side
Thu: Sardine and anchovy pasta (I used San Remo gluten-free spaghetti) with broccoli on side
I haven’t used the cos lettuce yet so that may go in a smoothie or three. The avocados have been going in chocolate mousse.

Monday, September 10, 2012

I Feel Crap

Let me count the ways…

1. My bad back, though better, still doesn’t allow me to sit comfortably

2. I have my period

3. My tonsils are sore and it hurts every time I swallow

4. I have an upset stomach. My bad back doesn’t like it when I vomit.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Spring Decluttering Week 1

This week I've been following along with the decluttering and organising tasks in the
The Organised Housewife

Here's what I've done
Day 1
Declutter: the kitchen bench
day 1 bench
Organise: under the kitchen sink day 1 under sink
On the left is orange oil for the bench tops, on the right are liquid soap and detergent refills, dishwasher tablets and steelos etc. I mostly use microfibre cloths for cleaning.

As I have a bad back and don’t want to be bending down to get stuff from under the sink all the time, the dishrack, brushes, detergent and soap all live up top (no, I still haven’t chosen tiles for the splashback behind the sink)
day 1 sink
Day 2
Declutter: bedroom surfaces
Organise: top drawer of bedside table
This was easy – our bedroom is tiny so we only have room for a stool on each side of the bed. TJ loves a freshly made bed.
day 2 bedroom
Day 3
Declutter: laundry pile
Organise: create a laundry routine
Our dirty laundry lives in the laundry cupboard.
day 3 laundry
One load per day: sheets; towels; dog towels (Rob gives TJ a towel dry when they come home from a walk so he doesn’t track mud in the house); dark home clothes (the clothes that are covered in dog fur are washed separately), dark work clothes, whites.
day 3 laundry tubs
Day 4
Declutter: magazine collection (recipes I’ve torn out of my magazines but haven’t made yet are all in plastic pockets in a ring binder)
day 4 magazines
Day 5
Declutter: out of date food
Organise: pantry
day 5 pantry
This is the day after doing the shopping. Not many processed ingredients since we are gluten-free, and I don’t tend to ‘stockpile’ things.
Top: coffee and tea, coffee cups, vitamins, smoothie ingredients
Under that: oils and vinegars, legumes and rice (in BPA free containers), regularly used herbs and spices
Under that: dog treats, potatoes, onions, lactose-free milk, nori  wrappers, canned ingredients (tomatoes, legumes etc)
Under that: irregularly used herbs and spices, baking ingredients, cooking alcohol (wine, sherry, port etc)
Under that: dog food bowls, punch bowl, ice bucket, spare drink bottles, fizzy drinks

Friday, September 7, 2012

High Raw Meal Plan

Here’s how I’m eating at the moment. Four out of five meals are raw vegan. Dinner (with Rob) is not. All meals are gluten-free.
Meal: Mesquite Cacao Banana Shake
Snack: Mandarin Smoothie
Meal: Purple Protein Smoothie
Dinner: varies (aim for vegetarian twice a week, fish twice a week, meat twice a week)
Dessert: Ultimate chocolate mousse