Thai Chicken Pies – Dinner is served!

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I came to the realisation this week that, despite being a born-and-raised Kiwi mummy, there was something that was missing from my life.  Something so quintessentially ‘New Zealand’ that I’m pretty embarrassed to have been overlooking it for so long.

I couldn’t remember the last time I had eaten a pie.

Truth.

There are few things we hold dear as a nation, but our collective love of pies has to be one of them.  Specifically, in recent times, Kiwis love chucking curry in a pie.

Look, I may be ridiculously good at many things – such as online shopping and liking stranger’s photos on Instagram – but I have never in my life made a curry from scratch and I’m not about to start at age 37.

That’s for the experts, and the experts are My Main Course.

Last night we whipped up these delicious pies as per the suggestion on the back of the Thai Chicken Curry pouch.  Grab these in the supermarket, flip the pack over and all the ingredients you need to create a kick-ass dinner are right there for you to pick up with your shopping.

When you get home, jump online at www.mymaincourse.co.nz for assembly instructions.

Easy-peasy.

We recreated My Main course’s Pot Pie recipe (find it here) using our new piemaker (I may have impulsively bought because PIES!), and it was a perfect family meal that made 4 pies from one pack of Thai Chicken Curry + some added ingredients.

Check out the ingredients – nothing fancy or complicated here!

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Into the piemaker after minimal prep,

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And check out the end result!

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Don’t pooh-pooh this dinner idea because you think pies are ghetto. This chicken curry is an elegant, light filling that’s so full of flavour and is perfectly complemented by the fresh coriander.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

New family fave right there.

The My Main Course range (Thai Green Curry, Mexican Chicken, Pulled Pork, Savoury Mince, Baked Beans, Green Lentil Dahl) is perfect for helping busy families whip up great tasting meals with minimal prep time.  Your meal base is all done, you just choose your sides and get creative – or not lol, totally up to you.

WIN > I have ANOTHER $50 supermarket voucher to give away thanks to My Main Course!  (Make sure you’ve entered the first comp here!) Just comment below and let me know which variety you and your family would love to try first.

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Pulled Pork Tacos Recipe – In 10 Minutes!

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Pulled Pork RecipeImagine, as a Mum, if every time you said – ok SCREAMED – “Dinner is in ONE minute!”, you were actually telling the truth.  What if the ravenous hordes could literally smell dinner cooking within moments of you opening the fridge to begin dinner prep?

Like, really, are you imagining this because it’s a sweet, sweet dream ya’ll.  A dream of mums everywhere and, the best part is, you can BUY this dream for yourself.  Anytime you want.  

Like magic.

From………..the supermarket.

My Main Course has just launched in New Zealand so Dave and I ran the Pulled Pork variety through the Jack Family Dinner Gauntlet with baited breath;

  • If we had left the dinner run too late, and the prep took longer than expected all efforts would be wasted; Nix would be overtired and won’t eat. He would be late getting to bed and make our lives a misery the next day.
  • If it was gross?  See above.

Stressy!  Going rogue at dinner time with our two bottomless pits is a major risk! Luckily our gamble paid off, dinner time was amaze and we all loved the Pulled Pork in Smokey BBQ Sauce from My Main Course – and by loved, I mean inhaled, same same.

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10 Minute Pulled Pork Tacos

You will need;

1 pack of My Main Course Pulled Pork

Tortillas

Shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, avocado etc

Sour cream, corn chips and hot sauce or salsa to serve.

Optional – try rice and black/refried beans on the side!

How to:

  1. Heat pork via pack instructions (stovetop or microwave)
  2. Chop fresh veges
  3. Gently warm tortillas to prevent splitting when you roll them, 15-20 seconds in the microwave or splash some water on each side and warm in a pan.
  4. Layer the pork, veges, sour cream and salsa or hot sauce on your tortillas (don’t overfill!), add some corn chips on the side (and rice and beans if you made them)
  5. Enjoy!

You just smashed out an amazingly delicious dinner, using quality ingredients that (I’m sure!) your family loved!  You just won parenting today, take a bow!

The My Main Course range (Thai Green Curry, Mexican Chicken, Pulled Pork, Savoury Mince, Baked Beans, Green Lentil Dahl) is perfect for helping busy families whip up great tasting meals with minimal prep time.  Your meal base is all done, you just choose your sides and get creative – or not lol, totally up to you.

WIN > I have a $50 supermarket voucher to give away thanks to My Main Course!  Just comment below and let me know which variety you and your family would love to try first.  Check out another awesome recipe using My Main Course and enter to win ANOTHER $50 voucher here > Thai Chicken Pies

Competition closes 9/12/16, NZ residents only.  This post was sponsored by My Main Course – thanks guys!

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That Retail Life – What’s Hot this Week + WIN!

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I’m seeing a lot of awesome new products each week so thought it was about time I curated these new releases into a weekly ‘Hot List’ that’s short and snappy, giving you guys the lowdown on the latest and greatest from brands we love.

What’s New  – October #3

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New productsSunRice Brown Rice Chips – Sweet Chili RRP $5.99

Sure to become a summer fave, SunRice have added a new flavour to their existing range of Brown Rice Chips.  Sweet Chili joins Wild Rice, Sea Salt and Parmesan and Sundried Tomato.  These are the perfect gluten free, wholegrain option for entertaining or snacking with no artificial flavours or preservatives.

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Betty Crocker – Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownie RRP $5.99

Full of milk and white chocolate chips, I’m soooo looking forward to whipping up this brownie next week!  These are such great ‘lifesavers’ to keep in the pantry for those unexpected afternoon teas or rushed desserts.  Available in supermarkets nationwide.

mummy-blog-new-zealand-blogger-mommy-travelblog-family-Retail-New-ProductsNice Blocks – Special Edition Watermelon & Lime 

The nice blokes at Nice Blocks are throwing their hats in the ring to help Starship Foundation this year.  They’ve created an amazing Watermelon and Lime Nice Block with 30c from each ice block sold and 50c from each multipack going straight to Starship Foundation!  You can also get involved by purchasing one of this years gorgeous tea towels designed by young cancer survivor Ruby Seeto.  Pick yours up or order online from www.wallacecotton.co.nz.

John Grisham – The Whistler RRP $37.99New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New products

Fresh off the press!  Released on October 25th, the latest novel from bestseller John Grisham has gone straight to the top of my ‘Read Next’ list.  A young investigator is pitted against the most corrupt judge in American history with only a whistle blower and an indicted lawyer on her side.  How good does that sound?  Straight to the Summer bestseller list I think!

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Yum guys!  Look out for the new packaging of re-launched plant-power brand Be Natural.  With a delicious range of cereals and snack bars, I’m loving these fab offerings with organic options.  The Protein Nut Bars are my fave as is the Coco-Nutty Granola!

Smashbox Colour Correcting Sticks RRP $45 easmashbox-color-correcting-stick-2016

Colour correcting is a mum essential – at least as far as this tired Mum is concerned!  Use under concealer or foundation, these four shades will help you to put your best face forward every day.  Green counteracts redness to reduce the appearance of blemishes, Lavender brightens yellowness so you look less dull (YES!), Peach works on lighter skin to fix dark circles and call in the heavy duty Orange to work it’s wonders on darker skin, dark circles and hyperpigmentation.

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New productsDr. LeWinns Private Formula Day Cream Light SPF 15 

Available at Life and Unichem pharmacies nationwide, this modern light formulation from revolutionary cosmeceutical brand Dr. LeWinns is set to deliver your best skin yet.  Containing SPF 15 protection, the Super Berry Trio of Pepperberry, Riberry and Muntrie, Hydrovition Plus, Argan Oil and Vitamin A to encourage cell renewal and address aging concerns. 

Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil RRP $139 Available November 1st 2016

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The launch for this revolutionary product from Dermalogica was almost as amazing as this little bottle of skin deliciousness.  Phytoactives solve dryness and dehydration while strengthening the skin’s natural barrier, leaving skin with a luminous, dewy finish that’s also protected against free radical damage.  Phyto Replenish Oil is like a complete toolbox for skin in one lovely product.  Don’t be shy about using oil on your skin, some are a bit thick and gluggy feeling, but Dermalogica has produced the lightest formulation here that absorbs super quickly.

Schwarzkopf Sun repair Range RRP $6.39-$11.99New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New products

Summer is coming, summer is coming, summer is coming!  Get ahead of the warm weather with Schwarzkopf’s NEW Sun Repair Range.  Including Monoi-Flower Extract and UVA/UVB filters, this is the prescription you need this summer to protect you hair and prevent it from drying out.

Available from all leading department stores, supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide.

WIN > I have two sets of the Schwarzkopf Sun repair Range to give away!  Enter via the widget below.

How to: Family Friendly Ramen Bowl Recipe

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Ramen bowls are trending hard right now and rightly so.  They are quick, easy and budget friendly meals that can smash leftovers and just as easily feed the troops on a busy weekday evening or be pared back for a perfectly sized meal for one.

I wanted to make the family roast chicken stretch for two meals so reimagined our leftovers into this delicious Chicken Ramen Bowl for two that became a very generous lunch for Dave and I the next day.

The beauty of this traditional Japanese dish is that it’s a really easy way to eat a balanced meal.  By combining fresh veges and lean protein with pantry staple MAGGI 2 Minute Noodles (now with invisible wholegrain!) a delicious meal is never too far from the table.

This is going to be good!

Chicken Ramen Bowl Recipe – serves 2

Chicken Ramen Bowl Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 2 x packs MAGGI Chicken 2 Minute Noodles with Invisible Wholegrain
  2. 300 grams cooked chicken
  3. 2 x soft boiled eggs - 5 minutes in a rolling boil
  4. 2 tbsp soy sauce
  5. 1 tbsp sesame oil
  6. 2 tsp oyster sauce
  7. 2 tsp sweet chili sauce
  8. 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  9. 1 tsp fresh ginger grated
  10. 3 cloves garlic
  11. 3 spring onions
  12. 1 handful baby spinach
  13. 3 mushrooms sliced
  14. 1 handful mung bean sprouts
  15. 1 handful sugar snap peas
  16. Shaved carrot for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Roughly chop 2 garlic cloves and mix with ginger, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sweet chili sauce, and white wine vinegar. Spray oven proof dish with oil, add thickly chopped chicken, pour over with sauce mix to coat chicken. Bake for 20 minutes.
  2. Bring a small saucepan to a rolling boil, add eggs and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and run under cold water immediately. Peel when cool.
  3. Add sesame oil, a chopped garlic clove and the whites of the spring onion to a medium sauce pan. Set aside green tops of spring onion for garnish. Leave on heat for a couple of minutes until onions begin to turn clear. Add 4 cups water. Bring to boil and add 2 packs of MAGGI 2 Minute Noodles with Invisible Wholegrain plus their seasoning packets. Cook for 2 minutes or until noodles are al dente. Remove from heat.
  4. Place noodles and broth in bowl to serve.
  5. Add chicken and assorted vegetables.
  6. Cover bowl with lid or large plate for 5 minutes to lightly steam veges.
  7. Add soft boiled eggs, carrots and green onions to serve.
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How easy is that!

For more info on MAGGI click here or head to their Facebook page.

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Getting a great meal on the table for yourself or the family is definitely a good thing.  Tell me about the good happening in your life right now and you’ll be in the draw to win one of FOUR $50 supermarket vouchers!

Simply leave a comment below sharing something good that’s coming up in your life – from dinner, to renovations, a long weekend, a new job or a day off!  #thisisgoingtobegood!

Competition closes 18/11/16 NZ residents only.

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This post was made possible thanks to Maggi.

The MAGGI 2 Minute Noodles with Invisible Wholegrain replace the Extra Delicious range – so keep an eye out at your local supermarket!

Nutella Smile Jars – Fixing a Wrong-side-of-the-bed Morning

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It happens to all of us and more often than not you just can’t put your finger on why you woke up in such a terrible mood!  

We run to a pretty tight deadline Monday to Friday.  Ethan needs to leave the house by 7am to catch his school bus so a grumpy family member (large or small) can really easily throw the whole team into disarray.

As was the case this morning.

My eldest son needed some serious attitude adjustment this morning.  He was stomping around the house, looking (but not finding) things with his man-eyes and getting more and more worked up with each parental intervention.  I hate sending  him off to school this way.  It’s a long bus-ride each way making for an even longer day before I can give him a hug and tell him I love him.

This morning I had to pull out the big guns.  It was time for Nutella.

Food elicits some pretty powerful emotions and is a great Mum-Tool for resetting an inflammatory situation.  This isn’t about rewarding behaviour with treats or any other negative spin you want to throw at it.  Food can help distract an emotional child by as they use their senses to become grounded in the present and move on from their internal struggles. 

E was unable to verbalize why he felt so out of sorts this morning so it was best to just pop a basket of fruit and toast on the table and surprise the boys with the New Nutella Smile Jars.

EVERYBODY LOVES NUTELLA – in our house at least lol.

My cleverly crafted plan (read: last ditch effort) to give Ethan some space to regain his happy-mojo worked.  For 10 blissful minutes there was no fighting, huffing, exaggerated sighing or even……..talking. As he was slowing down on his 3rd piece of toast he noticed the new labels on the jars (ours read FAMILY and ENJOY) and I could see the wheels turning.

Five minutes later he got up from the table, kissed Nixon on the head and said, “I love our family”.

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That was that.  Rise and Smile indeed!  

The super-cute new Nutella Smile Jars are available in three sizes; 220g, 400g and 750g and will be wearing their new labels in store from September 26th.  

Which will you choose? 

  • I love you
  • Thanks
  • Love
  • Enjoy
  • Family
  • Smile
  • Friends

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Super Grains Simplified

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If you haven’t yet stumbled upon the goodness that is the super grain phenomena, fear not.  It’s not as hipster/foodie as it sounds and, it could be as simple as switching your white rice for brown.

There’s been a very defined consumer shift in the past 18 months or so, with both singles and families driving a movement towards less processed, packaged foods and welcoming a return to whole, simple foods which pack a massive nutritional punch with minimal additives.

Enter the super grains!

Also known as ‘Ancient Grains’ or ‘Heritage Grains’, super grains hark back to civilisations of old, where nobody had the time nor the technology to hull their grains.  Thus, they were simply eaten in their whole (unprocessed) form – which is what makes these little pantry super-heroes so nutritious.

Iconic kiwi brand Tasti have just launched their new range of SuperGrains Bars which I’m loving because of the low sugar content (the three varieties are all under 6g per serve!).  As I’m quite a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants Mum who’s always in need of quick, convenient and nutritious options as the kids and I are racing out the door lol, I was keen to find out what was so special about the ‘special’ ingredients used in these new bars – quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, brown rice, oat and millet.

Ready to Level-up on your foodie knowledge?  Read on!

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Super Grains Simplified

Quinoa

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Quinoa

(Keen-wah)  Guess what?  Quinoa is not even a grain!!  It’s a seed, a pseudocereal as it’s not a member of the true grass family but is grown and harvested the same way as grains.

Quinoa originated in Peru, is a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids, is high in dietary fibre and is a low GI option. Quinoa is yum!  We switch it out for rice or add it to salads.

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Amaranth

Amaranth

Like it’s mate quinoa, Amaranth is actually a seed.  It’s also a complete protein, is a great source of vitamins and minerals – calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and 1 cup contains around 80% of your daily recommended iron intake!  Again, to use at home, substitute your rice for more nutrient dense amaranth.

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Buckwheat

Buckwheat

You guessed it – another super seed!  Like quinoa and amaranth, buckwheat is a great source of protein but also boasts higher levels of B vitamins, copper and magnesium.  Buckwheat flour is one of the key ingredients in Japanese Soba noodles and the groats can be used to create textural, delicious salads.

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Brown Rice

Brown Rice

Exactly the same as white rice, but subject to less processing.  Brown rice only has the outer hull removed whereas white rice has the outer hull, the bran layer and the germ cereal removed.  The ‘wholeness’ of brown rice results in a grain that offers proteins, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and potassium without the artificial enrichment that white rice is subject to.

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Oats

Oat

Oat is a grain that has been grown for its seed for generations.  Though it has been touted for it ‘healthfulness’ for years now, it has experienced a renaissance as Bircher Muesli and Oatmeal have become popular (again!) as part of increasing consumer value being placed upon whole foods.

Oats are lauded for their cholesterol lowering effects and are an excellent source of protein, dietary fibre, B vitamins and numerous other vitamins and minerals including manganese.

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Millet

Millet

A popular replacement for gluten-containing cereals, millet is a seeded grass, thought to have originated in Africa and is present throughout history in many ancient civilisations, particularly in Africa and Asia.  Relied upon as a dietary staple in many parts of the world Millet is high in starch, B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium, healthy fats, protein and dietary fibre.

Phew!  Got that?

Finding a snack option that I can add to my grocery list guilt-free, is a rare coup these days – the fact that the Tasti SuperGrains range are chewy, moreish, and delicious and are loved by both adults and kids in our household is even more awesome.  The winning combo of between 34-38% whole grains in each bar, low sugar and three kick-ass flavour combos (Pepita, Chia and Manuka Honey, Almond, Cranberry and Linseed, Cocoa, Toasted Coconut and Quinoa) makes this new range from Tasti a lunchbox/purse essential.

Available in-store at leading supermarkets now.

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WIN!

One reader will win a box of each flavour from the new SuperGrains range from Tasti.  Enter by telling me which flavour (Pepita, Chia and Manuka Honey, Almond, Cranberry and Linseed, Cocoa, Toasted Coconut and Quinoa) sounds like a bit of you in the comments below.

Competition closes 9/10/16. NZ residents only.

French Toast Recipe with Almond Milk – An Easy, Healthful Change

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Having an indulgent, ‘treat’ breakfast is one of life’s little luxuries whatever age or stage you’re at.  By getting a bit creative with the ingredients, you can help reduce the ‘guilt’ factor many of us feel and make an easy family-friendly meal that can be adapted to meet many specific dietary requirements.

We’ve been using Almond Milk in our smoothies for a couple of years now and I love it.  I do find that life gets in the way however, and I’m often throwing out a half-finished carton that’s been open for longer than it’s recommended 5-day fridge life.  I am way too frugal to be doing that – it kills me!

Plus, to be perfectly honest, I have zero time for soaking my own nuts and whipping up homemade nut milk.  You can chastise me and tell me a thousand times how easy it is, but it’s just not happening lol.  Ain’t nobody got time for that – in my house at least!

Convenience is key right?

So, for this recipe I switched the dairy milk I would normally use for French Toast for organic Almond Milk Powder from Stir it Up and the results were amaze!  Creamy milk and zero waste as I made up exactly what I needed plus the prep was completely unfussy and quick.

French Toast Recipe made with Stir it Up Almond Milk Powder

1 heaping tablespoon of Stir it Up Almond Milk Powder

½ Cup of warm water

3 Eggs

6 Slices of bread

1 Tablespoon of Harvest Rice Bran Oil

Icing sugar, maple syrup, fruit to serve

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  1. Mix Stir it Up Almond Milk Powder with warm water in a bowl large enough to dip bread in.  Add three eggs and stir to combine.  Heat oil in pan and add dipped bread.
  2. Cook through until each side is a golden brown and beginning to crisp up.
  3. Remove from heat, add sliced fruit, (or bacon for a savoury option), syrup and dust to serve!

What do you think – on the menu this weekend?

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Here’s something interesting I noticed, the almond content of my usual carton milk is only 2.5% compared to 20% in the Stir it Up powdered milk product!  That’s a BIG nutritional win.

You can find Stir it Up’s range of plant based milks which includes Oat Milk Powder ($12.99), Coconut Milk Powder ($15.99), Soy Milk Powder ($12.99) and the Almond Milk Powder ($15.99) I used in the French Toast recipe in leading supermarkets in the long-life section.

I have an amazing prize pack to give away from the awesome people at Stir it Up!

Simply comment below with your ideas for simple ways to switch dairy for plant milk and get in the draw to win the following;

  • 4 Stir it Up products
  • 3 cooking oils from the cooking oil experts, Harvest oils
  • $50 Supermarket voucher

Yay!  Competition closes 18/9/16 NZ residents only.

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Perfectly Portioned Treats – 5 Ways

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Navigating the treacherous rapids of the great sugar debate and the myriad voices of nutrition experts filling our social network feeds with raw food, gluten free recipes and chia puddings is exhausting, and confusing and ………….. a little bit boring (gasp!) to be really frank!

In the face of all of this often unsolicited advice, making smart choices around treat foods can be an exercise in #mumguilt – something I wholeheartedly refuse to subscribe to when it comes to food.  Teaching the boys to enjoy all food (and treats!) in moderation and with educated consideration is definitely more my style.

Phew.  Glad I got that off my chest!

So, we all know that flipping the pack and scrutinising the teeny tiny nutritional info panel on food is supermarket de rigueur these days (as it should be), but, I’m loving the latest offering from Allen’s which takes the guess-work right out of the treat-allocation process.  One piece = one portion.  

Easy.

I love this concept for many different reasons, but mainly because my kids are sticklers for the rules – “The pack says; one piece = one portion guys, so there’s pretty much NO way we could have more than one lolly!”.  Ok, who am I kidding, ETHAN is a stickler for the rules and would totally buy this, Nixon would simply scale me like a coconut palm, steal the pack and run away – but he’s a work in progress lol.

I see the pre-defined portion control in a bag of Allen’s new Sea Stretchies as an excellent tool in my mum arsenal and have teamed up with Allen’s to bring you 5 ways to make the most of these perfectly portioned, stretchy and fun lollies!

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    There’s always room for cutting back on treats when it’s party time.  Curate a fun collection of party goodies such as inexpensive toy car, balloon, cool pen or pencil, stickers or stamps and add one Allen’s Sea Stretchies for a take-home gift little guests will love!

  2. Road Trip Silencers

    The school holidays have been and gone and many of us will have hit the road and got out of town.  The entire family can become quite ‘loud’ and ‘antagonistic’ when in transit (…..it’s not just mine right??).  How about, on the next road trip, treat yourself to a few minutes of peace and quiet by passing out a Sea Stretchie to each of your passengers.  They’ll have so much fun stretching, twisting and eating them that they’ll forget to ask “Are we there yet?”.

  3. Team Treats

    New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Rotorua Travel Blog Family Eye health TreatsI’ve seen sideline-parents go nuts with after-match treats for their littles over the years, let’s pare it back a little and reward their ‘exertions’ with ONE perfectly portioned, stretchy, fun treat.  A Sea Stretchie for each little All Black is easy, inexpensive and sensible.

  4. Chore Rewards

    New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Rotorua Travel Blog Family Eye health TreatsBeing good is sometimes really hard when you’re little, even harder when you’re in that awkward, hormone surge of Tween-ness.  Ethan is being encouraged to work hard on self-management this year, and I’m quietly recognizing his efforts with surprise treats now and again when his chore chart is looking particularly spectacular!  Little Nixon on the other hand is working hard on toilet training.  I cut up a Sea Stretchie into little pieces and for every successful bathroom excursion he can have one as a small reward.  No, I’m totally NOT above bribing my kids lol.

  5. Mum Treats

    I’ve hidden in the pantry scoffing bikkies, laid down beside the bed to retrieve my hidden chocolate stash and feed my craving before the kids find me, and……I’m pretty sure most of you have too.  The problem with sneaky snacking is that monitoring portion size usually goes out the window as you’re shoving your guilty pleasure into your mouth.  #MumLife is hard, so don’t heap #FoodGuilt on top of it.  Enjoying a Sea Stretchie takes the guesswork out of Mum Treats, 1 piece = 1 portion!

Thanks Allen’s for the lollies!

Easy Hummus Recipe

New Zealand's Top Mummy Mommy Blogger Blog Kids Hummus RecipeI’d never made hummus before and heard my friends recount epic tales of failure and grossness so I was a bit nervous about throwing all of this YUM into the NutriBullet and crossing my fingers lol.

Turns out no luck was required as this recipe is totally straight forward and delicious!  And it takes 5 minutes max.  LOVE that yo.

Best Ever Hummus Recipe

Ingredients

1 can Chantal Organics Chickpeas, rinsed well

1 clove garlic

1/4 cup of olive oil, plus more for serving

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons Chantal Organics Tahini

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Salt to taste

1/4 teaspoon paprika

Handful of flat leaf parsley

In a food processor (or NutriBullet) puree the chickpeas and garlic with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, cumin and 3/4 teaspoon salt until smooth and creamy.

Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water or extra lemon juice as necessary to achieve the desired consistency.

Transfer to bowl.

Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with the paprika and chopped parsley before serving.

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Iced Tea Three Ways

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2016 has certainly blessed us with an abundance of sunshine hours thus far, and Summer (albeit an El Niño one!) means spending time with friends and family and getting creative in the kitchen as we share these lazy days together.

If you’re looking for something a little bit delicious to help you stay hydrated this Summer – or to wow your visitors – I’ve come up with three super easy ways to enjoy Healtheries Iced Tea, a refreshing alternative to sugary juices and soft drinks that’s caffeine free and 99% sugar free!  Kid friendly?  My boys can’t get enough, but aside from being my new fridge staple, Iced Teas can be dressed to impress and make the perfect anytime pick-me-up or a healthy alternative to wine-o’clock!

Now where are my paper umbrellas?

Apple & Blueberry Iced Tea Slushies

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Blog Fruit Tea Recipes

The boys both received Chill Factor Slushy Makers for Christmas so I was excited to try out a healthy, more adult-friendly version than the varieties we’d been experimenting with so far.  I brewed 1 cup of Apple & Blueberry Iced Tea using chilled water, squished up my slushy and served it with apple slices and giant, fresh blueberries.  Ah-maze-ing.  Forget about reaching for the Magnums this summer, your waistlines will thank me I promise!

Sparkling Iced Tea

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Blog Iced Tea Recipes

Bubbles make everything a little bit special right?  I love this combo of soda water made at home in my SodaStream plus Healtheries Lemon & Lime Iced Tea with lemon and kiwi fruit slices.  This just tastes like Summer and is the ultimate thirst quencher.  One thing I love about these iced tea varieties is that the flavours get better and better the longer you let them steep – as opposed to getting stronger and stronger and more tea-ish (sp?).  I’m not a fan of traditional tea at all, Iced, Fruit and Green teas are all I will drink so having some new tea options that I love makes me so happy!

Iced Tea en Masse!

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Blog Iced Tea Recipes

Because they are caffeine free and 99% sugar free, Healtheries Iced Teas are a perfect option for the entire family.  Nixon and Ethan both love all three varieties and even more so when I have them ready and waiting in the fridge!

This morning I made 2 cups of each flavour, spent 5 minutes chopping some fruit and popped our teas in the fridge so we were all prepared for our day with easy, healthy and freaking gorgeously-good drinks ready to enjoy when we needed them!  

Try this: I keep frozen mango cubes in the freezer for smoothies so added some chunks to the Peach and Mango variety along with some chopped peaches and crunchy apple slices.  I left the tea bags in the mason jars and the flavours were beautiful!  (If you’re looking for cute mason jar mugs, try your local dollar store, Kmart or the Warehouse).


I really struggle to drink enough water but the flavours of this new range are so, so good I feel like I’ve got a new lease on hydration this summer!  Try popping a tea bag in a drink bottle with some chilled water before you head out for the day or off to work – I guarantee you’ll be hitting your water goals in no time!

Healtheries Iced Teas come in three delicious flavours: Peach & Mango, Lemon & Lime and Apple & Blueberry. Available in supermarkets nationwide RRP$3.99.  Find out more information at  http://www.healtheries.co.nz

If you would like to win ALL 3 delicious Healtheries Iced Tea varieties, just leave a comment below!  Winner drawn 28/2/16.  NZ residents only.

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Blog Fruit Tea Recipes