Meat-Free Monday

I first read about Meat-free monday a year or two ago and it has always floated around my head as a really good idea but I have never cooked “meat free” and it was all a bit hard. But tonight was our first meat free Monday. We had a shepherd’s pie made with lentils instead of meat and cauliflower on top instead of potato (the recipe was from a low-cal cook book).

Master C had picked the recipe over the weekend and all the kids helped with the veggies, peeling and chopping and mashing.. all good. My very fussy eater, Master E maintained through the whole process that yes, he’d taste it.

We popped it into the oven and went off to the park (hoping that a bit of exercise might up Master E’s appetite enough to give it a go). Came home to our dinner ready and it looked pretty good.

 

Served it up and before the bowl hit the table I was given this look

Master E maintained it throughout dinner and refused to even eat the cheese. Unfortunately, even with all the earlier positivity, it’s the reaction I was expecting. It’s always the reaction to any new food, but I keep trying hoping something will change. On the plus side everyone else love it so it will be reappearing on the menu plan in the future.

Weekend Cooking

For Broome standards today was freezing! It was only 11C at 6am (I know not so bad for pretty much everywhere else in Australia at the moment) and we only made it to 25C this afternoon. Perfect morning to make something yummy and warm up the house at the same time. Little miss A took herself off to bed very early so it was just the boys and I cooking, they requested Chocolate muffins.

Because it’s saturday and we had nothing better do than bake I found a recipe with lots of weighing and measuring. Master C took control of the scales and made sure everything was just right.

The boys don’t often get to cook without their little sister “helping” and they really seemed to enjoy it. The were able to try the trickier jobs like cracking the eggs that are too hard to juggle with a nearly 2 yr old helping. Great team work, sharing jobs and helping each other.

 

Sunday’s

Sunday’s here almost always involve cooking for the week ahead. Cooking always includes at least one little helper. Today I had Master C and Little Miss A making Banana Pikelets. I always double the recipe and freeze for lunch boxes and easy snacks. I hate making the school lunch but having easy additions in the freezer really helps.

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Little Miss A loves sifting flour and stirring dry ingredients.

 

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Master C flipping the pikelets. Completely proud of himself for being so grown up.