The everything in slice, by Emma Staggard, That Organised Mum
| Posted by My Super Nanny
Meet Emma Staggard...
When it comes to all things; cleaning, organising, budgeting and decluttering, she is your go to lady. She has all the secrets up her sleeve in making these apart of your every day routine.
Her 'everything in slice' that she has kindly shared with us is a total win with the children. Fuss free, easy to eat and best of all you're guaranteed to always have most of these ingredients in the fridge. A perfect nutritional snack to pop into your childrens lunchboxes. Perfecto.
You are mother to?
I am mum to two beautiful girls, Maya Has just turned 4 and Lila has just turned 1
What does the perfect day look like?
We love walking down the street and having conversations about what ingredients we can buy at the shops to go home and do some baking, my daughter loves baking and cooking with me and it's something we do a lot! We aren't ones to enjoy spending days doing nothing so you will usually find us on a play date or out and about! Then once the kids are in bed you will find me on the couch, watching Hawaii five o or NCIS: Los Angeles with a piece of chocolate or cleaning and tidying!
You are a lover of cleaning, organisation, budgeting and decluttering. What are the best tips of advice you can give on keeping ones like like this?
I believe that all of these things begin with and rely on organisation! The key for me is making these things part of the day to day routine, it becomes so habitual that you class it in the same category as brushing your teeth! With housework, prioritise your jobs, how often they need doing and assign them a time and day, and write it down, put it on the fridge where you see it every day! For me we wake up, I get the kids breakfast then I boil the kettle for my tea, while I wait for it to boil I empty the dishwasher, then by the time kids are finished the dishes go straight in! If you don't empty it straight away the dishes pile up on the bench and it's easy to feel overwhelmed and it becomes a harder task! Then we have Monday night mop night, Wednesday wash day, bathrooms, walls splash backs etc, Friday folding day and you get the drift! Every job has a day and a time slot! The best thing you can do is write it all down, if it's written down and in plain view it's harder to forget!
Top tips for parents who have a child who would rather run a mile than try one piece of broccoli?
The rule in our house is that you have to at least try something, it's fine if you don't like it, but you must try it! My kids are great eaters and I definitely think it's got to do with our approach to eating! I think sometimes parents forget that we as adults don't in fact like everything we eat, so of course our kids aren't going to! The worst thing we can do is force them to eat something they don't like! We re try foods every couple of weeks/months to see if they may take a liking, the best way to do this is just to put a really small amount of the thing they don't like on the plate and then make sure the rest is foods they do eat! Don't make it overwhelming and have three things they don't like and one food they do like! We do lots and lots of praise and encouragement when they try something they don't like and re iterate that it's fine they don't like it but that we are really grateful they tried! My four year old will now on her own accord ask to retry things she doesn't like because she knows how proud we are when she does! Also with broccoli I shave it off into stews and curries and bolognaise etc and it goes completely undetected ;)
If you could invite 3 people to a dinner party, who would they be?
I would invite Julie Goodwin, winner of Masterchef because I love her recipes and family food! And of course Jamie Oliver, because well...who wouldn't! I would hope he could make me a delicious Sunday roast! And Alex O'Loughlin from Hawaii Five O because he's a dreamboat
What is your stance on sugar and kids?
I believe in everything in moderation!! My kids only drink water, milk and breastmilk for my one year old, but if we are at a party my four year old can have a juice or cordial! Soft drink is a strict no go zone though! I like to try make sweet snacks myself so that I know what's in them and the occasional fruit jelly 'lollies' for a special treat!
Favourite budget and kid friendly meal you can whip up in a flash?
Definitely my 'everything in slice' like zucchini slice but with a whole lot of extra in it! Super easy, the kids LOVE it and I always have the ingredients on hand!
You love making your childrens lunchboxes. What do you generally put in there?
The best thing I did with kinder this year was buy a yumbox! My daughter loves the compartments and it's easy to make it more appealing! You will generally find fruit; strawberries/Apple/kiwi fruit/pear/blueberries/raspberries!! Mini tomatoes are her all time fave so they feature most weeks. I try to have one baked item so Anzac biscuit/choc chip cookie/banana choc chip muffin/banana bread! Avocado or vegemite sandwiches or a pinwheel will be the main 'lunch' part and then some popcorn or rice cakes, sultanas, yoghurt balls, vege chips, corn chips! These are my main rotations! I'm hoping to get a bit more creative once my thermomix arrives in a few weeks!
1 grated zucchini
1 grated carrot
Shaved broccoli head
1 cup corn kernels
6 rashers short cut bacon
1/4 onion chopped (or more if you desire)
1 cup self raising flour
1 1/2 cup grated cheese
1/2 cup oil
Preheat oven to 170 degrees
Cut bacon and onion, fry off in fry pan
Combine vegetables, bacon & onion, flour and cheese in a large mixing bowl.
Combine oil and eggs whisk together.
Pour into bowl with other ingredients and mix in together well.
Pour into oven tray with baking paper and leave in oven for 40 minutes or until set and golden
The slice freezes really well and defrosts perfectly in the lunchbox
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