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Democratically Elected Meal Planner – The Boys’ Favourites

The Democratic Meal Planner – One kid, one vote!

 

In light of all the political goings on around us recently, I decided to give democracy a chance to rule the meal planner. I feel like I’m making myself sound very much like a food dictator… She who holds the wooden spoon, rules the plates! It’s for their own good though, trust me!

Meal Planner November 2017

The boys are very modern in their political views and combined their votes to effect community rule over the first two days. This worked out very well for them as they got to have both their favourites. SuperDad is always happy with pasta and basil pesto is also a favourite. Of course they go so well together as a combo! Somebody had to be the carb police and that happened to be me (can’t quite get rid of the dictatorship). My favourite treat as a meal must be salmon. It has become so expensive, even in frozen steaks, that we really only have it on the odd occasion.

Fish shopping tip!

I did discover something quite interesting though… Our local Food Lover’s Market has a fantastic fish section and if you can hold your breath long enough, you might just find a very good deal!

As an example, the prepared, fresh salmon portions on the day were R299.00 per kilogram. In comparison, Woolworths’ fresh Norwegian salmon portions are R500.00 per kilogram, but that’s not the point. If you select a whole salmon, they will fillet it for you, package the quantity that you want and the price on the day was R179.99 per kilogram. That is a major difference!

As usual, just going that little bit further to be aware of where our food comes from, I looked into the sourcing of the salmon and found this on Food Lover’s Market website:

Although Food Lovers market currently procures farmed Norwegian Salmon which is on the WWF-SASSI orange-list we are implementing a procurement strategy that aligns with SASSI procurement guideline for Salmon. This means that all Norwegian on Food Lover’s shelves will come from farms that are affiliated to the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI – http://globalsalmoninitiative.org/) by January 2019. These farms have committed to work towards meeting the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standard for responsible aquaculture by 2020. Food Lover’s has full traceability back to all source farms and is annually tracking progress of these farms towards their 2020 ASC target.

Sustainable is good and I like the accountability and action plan.

This post really is becoming quite political! I have a soapbox and everything! I think it’s about time for the good stuff!

The Recipe Cards

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Boys’ Choice Monday – Caldo Verde (Portuguese Green Soup)

Democratically Elected Meal Planner_Caldo Verde

Boys’ Choice Tuesday – Spagheti Bolognese

Democratically Elected Meal Planner_Simple Spaghetti Bolognese

Mamma’s Choice Wednesday – Salmon & Roast Vegetable Salad

Democratically Elected Meal Planner_Salmon & Roast Vegetable Salad

SuperDad’s Choice Thursday – Chicken & Basil Pesto Pasta

Democratically Elected Meal Planner_Chicken Basil Pesto Pasta

Needless to say, we all thoroughly enjoyed this week’s dinners. Blake, who is four, has recently taken to proclaiming every meal as the best food he has ever eaten! The people have spoken!

Alright, I think that is more than enough of my political commentary. I will leave you with this thought. Whatever your mood, whatever is going on in life, try to get yourself just one level up on the emotional scale! If you’re feeling dejected, try to find something that makes you feel content. Anxiety looks for something that brings peace and so on. The point is to raise your vibration! I’ll expand on this a little more later on. If you can (and it’s always possible)… Smile!

Let a smile be your umbrella on a rainy day

Sunday thoughts

Thoughts become things

I have been spending a lot of time delving into articles, books and podcasts about mindfulness and the neurology of how the mind actually affects our physical bodies. 

The mind is so incredibly powerful and the words you speak to yourself have a huge impact on your life experience. 

Be kind to yourself!

Mandela Day 

It is Mandela Day in South Africa on 18 July 2017, which would have been Nelson Mandela’s 99th birthday. 

In honour of his legacy, we encourage each person to devote 67 minutes of their time to charitable causes, giving back, making a change in communities and supports local causes. 

Having had the privilege of meeting the great man twice in my life, I completely support this initiative and I also know that his legacy is not limited to action on one day of the year. We should be doing good, in any way we can, wherever we are, every single day. 

Whether it’s smiling at someone who looks like they might be having a tough day, letting someone go ahead of you in traffic, donating used things that you don’t need anymore… share love everywhere! The world needs more love!

Madiba Day
Happy birthday, Madiba!

Don’t look back

After having made a significant change in life, whether in business or relationships, people often find it hard to adapt. My advice would be, if you have gone on a path that you firmly believe in, if your heart is fully in it, keep pushing forward!

Look forward… look up… never look back. Have a beautiful day!

Never look back

Joy

This is a brilliant thought I picked up from a podcast I was listening to this morning. I love listening to podcasts while driving as I prefer to avoid things like news on the radio. It’s another avenue for finding inspiration, focusing on growth and feeling positive for wherever I’m heading to.

Joy Success

So instead of wealth, assets, status, fame, followers etc., what if JOY was your metric for success? How successful would you measure yourself to be today? Would the answer to this question inspire you to make massive change in your life?

Personally, I have always been guided by my heart and I truly feel that we should experience joy in every aspect of our lives… yes, even at work! When you are doing something with joy, it shows!

I would love to know what your thoughts are!

Wishing you so much joy today…

 

Starting a blog!

1. I love my family!

2. I looove food! When I’m not eating, I’m looking up things to cook, when I’m not cooking, I’m talking about what’s for dinner.

3. Anyone who knows my amazing husband, knows that he pretty much plans his life around 3 square meals a day.

Point being, I cook just about every day (except for Pizza Friday which could be any day of the week that necessitates a take away), I like to change things up, we try to keep it mostly healthy (besides we have a vegan to feed too!).
So due to popular demand and in the spirit of Sharing is Caring, I am sharing my family’s yummy dinners throughout the week. We’re not trying to be fancy, I’m no Masterchef, we may have the occasional flop but it will be… for fun! For inspiration! For food’s sake…. and don’t forget the wine!
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