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R20 Monday Meal

I must admit that I didn’t eat todays Monday R20 Meal today…I was treated to all you can eat sushi with one of my besties instead! I am so full I think I could pop..hey I’ve had one piece of sushi in a month so I uhm over indulged a little. Might have to undo one of my buttons and my scale will stay in hiding tomorrow.

My ex husband is getting married this coming weekend and although I should probably be pissed off or something, strangely enough I wish him the best of luck! Had we been friends and not acquaintances who happen to have the same child, I probably would have bought him a card or sent him a message on the day. But that would only cause WW3 and I’m not in the mood for childish games. I’ve come along way from being angry with him and at one point hating him to where I am now. Don’t get me wrong, there are some days that I still pull my hair out at some of his actions but our paths splitting was one of the best things that could have happened to me. If you asked me that question nearly 3 years ago I would have told you you are mad but I am glad for what has happened.

So on to the meal….

French Toast

To buy:

Loaf of bread (R8.95)

6 eggs (R10.95)


From the cupboard:

1l  Milk


Pinch of salt



How to?

  1. Mix the eggs, salt, pepper and the milk together in a container with a wide opening
  2. Put the oil into the pan and heat it
  3. Take a slice of bread and soak it in the milk and egg mix
  4. When the oil is heated, place the slice of bread into the oil and fry it until golden brown
  5. Turn it over and brown the other side
  6. Put any topping you like on it like Marmite, cheese, tomatoe sauce, honey or anything you like on it!
  7. Serve!
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Monday R20 meal

If you read my previous post you would see that I am on a weight loss mission. I have NEVER eaten so many fruit and veggies in my life or made so many choices on what I should put into my mouth! 33 is around the corner and I hope to be a sexier mama by then. In the past year I have dropped two pants sizes so it can be done! I won’t lie, I can’t stop thinking about a packet of chutney Simba chips but then I think of how long you have to work it off via training and then it just isn’t worth it! Sigh

On to the meal for the day. I also noticed that most of the meals are great for Meat Free Monday..extra bonus lol!

The meal is slightly adapted from a recipe by an amazing person: Merinda


Merinda’s Tuna pasta

Serves 2-4 people

Ingredients to buy

1 can of tuna in water

1 packet of pasta

Ingredients from your cupboard:

1 onion

1 tsp mixed herbs

Pinch of salt

5 tbsMayonnaise or tomato puree

How to:

  1. Cook the pasta as per the instructions on the packet (I put mine in a bowl with hot water, salt and pop it in the microwave for 10 minutes so I can do other things as well)
  2. chop up the onion finely
  3. drain the water from the tuna
  4. Drain the water from the pasta once it is cooked
  5. Add all the ingredients together
  6. Voila serve!

Checkers is currently having a special on tuna (R11.95) and pasta (R7.99) so it have a look out for that J

I still need attempt to make baby marrow pasta as with the banting recipes but that will come with time. We already eat cauliflower rice instead of normal rice and it makes me feel a hell of a lot better!

Monday R20 Meal

Monday R20 Meal

Monday R20 Meal is: Zucchini Fritters!

This is week two of my Monday R20 Meal series and this week I deiced to try a recipe that I have been looking on Pinterest so I made Zucchini Fritters. In South Africa, you could call them Baby Marrow Fritters but I’m not really a fan of baby marrow so calling them Zucchini sounds better to me!

I got the original recipe from here but I changed it slightly:

  • 2 cups of grated zucchini (about 500g with ends off)
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • to taste salt and pepper
  • 1 lg egg
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour (I used gluten free flour)
  • cooking oil or coconut oil for cooking

How to:

zucchini 3

  1. Wash the zucchini and cut the ends off. Using the large holes on a cheese grater, grate the zucchini or slice it by hand and put it in bowl .
  2. Combine the garlic, mixed herbs, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix it  together. Taste the zucchini and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking.
  3. Whisk an egg and add it to the zucchini along with ¾ cups of flour. Stir until everything is evenly combined. The texture should be similar to cake batter.
  4. Heat the oil or coconut oil until it is warm, test to see if it is warm enough by dropping a drop of batter into the pan. If it smokes, reduce the heat immediately.
  5. Take a spoon and spoon balls of the batter into the pan. When they become golden brown, they are ready to be turned over. Repeat on the other side.
  6. Serve warm!

Monday R20

I must say they are pretty yummy and very green heehee!


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Monday R20 meal

Not everyone is millionaires and nor are we all super rich but this has lead me to wondering: can one can still make meals for R20 and under? So I took up the challenge and started looking around for meals. Hence the birth of Monday R20 Meal!

I like shopping at different places as you can get amazing bargains, if you know how to look. Checkers, for example, always sell their products that are just about at their sell by date after 6pm at night! I have bought bags of veggies that are marked down to R10 for cauliflower and broccoli, or R5 for a punnet of cut up mixed peppers! You might struggle to find a whole one for that price! If I don’t plan on using them that night, I pop them in the deep freezer and then I can use them when I need them. I love buying garlic bread like this as I pay R11 for one and when I have an impromptu braai, they work like a charm.

I love soup and we can eat it all the time in our house!Here is a recipe for soup that can feed 4-5 people (depending on how big your pot is of course). If you want some more recipes, have a look at my Pinterest Board Soup Recipes:


One packet of soup mix (R16-R18 at Checkers)

Chicken stock cube

Salt and pepper to taste


If the veggies aren’t cut up or peeled, peel and cut them up into small pieces.

Put the veggies in the pot and add hot water to the pot as far as is safe.

Add salt and pepper and the stock cube

Cook until veggies are done. Put the veggies into a blender or hand held blender and blend until the vegies are fine.

This takes about 20 minutes and is yummy! If you want it thicker, put some flour into a cup, add some hot water with it and mix it.

Voila! Soup ready and under R20!

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Quick Pancake recipe








Well winter is upon us and I can feel how the need to stuff my face is descending upon me! Winter brings soups, warm curries and everything that is yummy for both my mouth and my hips! One of my favourite winter foods is pancakes! You can eat them plain, with filling or just about any way that you want.  Here is my quick pancake recipe! The best thing about these pancakes is that they don’t have milk in them so B can eat them to her heart’s content! I normally double it to ensure everyone gets to have lots and if there are left over’s, they freeze really well! Here is the recipe! Please note that you need to leave it to stand for a while.



About 10 pancakes




1 cup flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 ml salt



1 cup of water

10ml of vinegar

25ml of oil

1 egg



Sift the dry ingredients together. Add all of the liquid ingredients together and slowly add them to the dry ingredient mix. Make sure to get rid of any lumps, for this I usually use a whisk or a hand-held blender. Leave the mixture to stand for about 15 minutes, an hour if you can but 15 minutes will be enough. Once the time is done, use Spray and Cook to coat your pancake/ frying pan or lightly coat the pan with a thin layer of oil. Once the pan is hot, pour the batter into the pan and swirl the pan so that the batter covers the whole of the pan. Leave it on the hob for a few minutes until little bubbles start to show and then turn it over for about 20 seconds on the other side. Put it onto a plate and start the pouring and swirling again! Put in your filling and serve!

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Yummy rolled lasagne recipe!

I found this recipe on Pinterest  and decided to try to make it at home! Of course I doctored it to suit my pocket and it was actually pretty easy! Hubby, being a fan of lasagne, loved it!

Rolled lasagne

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 3 or 4 people



500g mince

3 sheets of lasagne pasta

3 handfuls of grated cheddar cheese

1 can of chopped tomatoes

One onion (optional)

10ml mixed herbs

1 teaspoon garlic

Oil for frying

Salt and pepper to taste


Heat your oven to 190°c and grease the dish that you will be putting the mix into with Spray and Cook or with a thin layer of oil.

Break the sheets of lasagne pasta in half so that you have 6 “sheets” of pasta. I used a knife to crack them in half.  Put them into a bowl of boiling hot water and cook them in the microwave for about 5 minutes until they are soft. Take them out of the water and put them onto a flat pan or counter.

Cut up your onion and fry half of it with the garlic in your pan. Once it starts browning, add the mince and 5ml mixed herbs, salt and pepper.  Cook the mince until it starts to brown and take it off the stove.

Mix your can of tomatoes with the remaining herbs and onion and put ½ of this into the pan that you will be cooking the lasagne in.

Roll your mince into balls that will fit the width of the lasagne pasta. Starting at the end with the mince balls, start to roll the lasagne noodles up as you would with a carpet. When you get to the end, put the rolled up lasagne on top of the tomatoes in the pan with the last seam or last end facing downwards.

Cover the lasagne with the rest of the tomatoes mix and sprinkle cheese all over. Pop into the oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is light brown and crispy. Take it out and serve with garlic bread and a salad or on its own. If there are left over’s, it also freezes very well!

rolled lasagne

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Meatzza Pizza recipe!








The past two days have been all about packing and figuring out where to put things for our move. Of course last night I needed some of the things that I had packed but to go through the effort of unpacking was crazy! During a well deserved break, I saw this recipe for Meatzza, which is a meat pizza, on Nigelissma and though that it looked yummy. With a few adaptations, I managed to make it pocket friendly as well as dairy-free! Yay! It is very filling and so used the leftovers the following night to make burgers!



500g mince (I used lean to make it healthier)

1 teaspoon of garlic/ 1 grated clove of fresh garlic

2 eggs

3 tablespoons of Oats (not instant kind)/breadcrumbs

Cheddar Cheese (3 handfuls)

10ml of mixed herbs

1 400g can of chopped tomatoes

Salt and pepper to taste

Margarine (dairy-free) or Butter to grease pan



Set the oven to 220°C

Take a metal dish and grease it with the margarine/butter and put it to one side.

Open the can of tomatoes and using a strainer with a container underneath it, pour the tomatoes into the strainer so that the juice can run out. This is to stop the Meatzza from being soggy. Leave this to drain and continue with the next part.

Put the mince, oats/breadcrumbs, 5ml of the mixed herbs, salt and pepper to taste into a bowl and add the eggs. Using your hands, mix the ingredients together lightly until they are mixed and don’t over mix. Taking your metal dish, lightly push the mince mix into it like you would a pizza base. Don’t push hard as it will affect the base.

Meatzza pizza recipe


Once your tomatoes are drained, add the other 5ml of herbs, salt and pepper to taste and the garlic and spread this over the mince base as you would with a pizza. Lightly sprinkle the cheese on top of the tomatoes sauce. If you are making a dairy-free one, skip this step! Put into the oven for 20 minutes and then take it out and serve!


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Mushroom Tartlets recipe








I am currently on a diet and if you read my previous post you would know that when I am on a diet, the Mr gets all sorts of interesting foods to try! I had a Wild Mushroom Tartlets recipe that I found here but decided to change it a bit to suit my pocket. The result, everyone loved them and a request has been made to have them again!

Serves four:

Prep and frying time: 15 minutes

Baking time: 20 minutes at 180°C


1 packet of puff pastry

300g mushrooms

Half of one onion

1tps of garlic / 2 cloves of fresh garlic chopped up

50g of grated cheddar cheese (two handfuls) (optional) (you can use parmesan instead)

1 small handful of chives/parsley


1 egg

Flour for dusting

Beer mug/coffee cup



Grease a pan for the tartlets and set your oven to 180°C

Sprinkle the flour onto the surface you want to work on and roll the puff pastry out onto it. I used a beer mug and dusted the rim with flour and used this to cut out 6 circles from the pastry. Put these onto your pan and put it in the fridge to chill while you make the filling.

Cut up the mushrooms, onions and garlic if you are using fresh garlic

Add some oil to a frying pan and when it is nice and hot add the garlic, mushrooms and onions and cook until golden brown and there is no more liquid in the pan. Once they are done take the pan off the stove and add the parsley/chives and if you are using cheese, add the cheese here.

Take the circles out of the fridge and using a knife score a 1cm border onto the circle. Score means to take a knife and cut a circle into the dough but not going all the way to the bottom of the pastry. Where ever the cut is that dough will rise and the rest in the middle will not.

Put your mushroom filling into the middle of the circle, beat the egg and brush this onto the pastry.


mushroom tarlets


Put in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown and they are best served immediately but you can reheat them when you need them!

Note: when I made them I doubled the recipe so that there would be more!


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Sassy Water Recipe for weight loss








I am on the challenge to lose the Christmas weight that I put on from eating all those lovely puddings, cakes, cookies and of course from all the meat we ate from braaing all the time. I have this really strict diet that I used before to lose 10kg and so now this Mamma is back on the bandwagon to lose as much as I can before I turn 30 on the 3 Feb! So far so good and I have lost 1kg but so much more to go!

So naturally I have been looking for ways to increase my metabolism and detox and I came across Sassy Water on Pinterest and followed it A Sweet Simple Life  to get the recipe!

It helps to detox and with bloating so this mama made it and I can tell you it is delicious and refreshing and they recommend that you drink it for 4 days. After two days I can say that I do feel a bit of a difference.

sassy water recipe

Sassy Water Recipe:

Prep time: 5 minutes

Chill time: overnight or 9 hours


1 half of a cucumber

1 lemon

10 mint leaves

2 litres of water

Optional: you can add 1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger (I’m not a fan) for extra benefit


Slice the cucumber and lemon into slices and put them into the jug that you are going to use and add the mint leaves. If you are going to add the ginger, add it now. Add the water and leave the water overnight to gain more flavour and drink the water the following day.

Note: the longer you leave the mint in the water the stronger the mint flavour becomes and this can be a bit too minty after a while so once you have let it stand overnight, take the mint leaves out.

Enjoy and let me know if it works for you?


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Quick and easy bread recipe readymade bread dough








I enjoy baking and have found this to be an easy and quick recipe to make an interesting loaf of bread for my family! Because it is so versatile, you can chop and change the ingredients to suit your mood!


1kg of readymade bread dough

5 rashers of bacon

1 green pepper

1 punnet of mushrooms

Half an onion

1 tablespoon of garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

250 g of Cheddar Cheese (optional)

1 egg

2 tablespoons of milk (optional)


1 teaspoon butter/Spray and Cook/ Oil to grease pan


Set your oven to 200’c or 392.F and using the 1 teaspoon butter/Spray and Cook/ Oil grease the pan that you want to put the bread onto. I used a nice flat one.

Leave your dough in the packaging and put it in a large bowl. Put the bowl in a dark place or you can cover it with a thick blanket and leave it to rise.

Cut up all of the ingredients just before you take the dough out and have them ready in a bowl. Fry the bacon in a little bit of oil and out it to one side.

Once the dough has risen, sprinkle your counter with flour and take your dough out of its bag. Knead the dough for a few minutes and roll it out flat onto your surface.

Take the garlic and using a spoon, smear it all over one half of the dough.

Put all the other vegetables and bacon on top of the garlic and season with salt and pepper. If you are going to use cheese, cover your vegetables with the cheese.

Fold the half without any ingredients over onto the part that has ingredients and cover the edges where the two sides meet so that you cannot see into the bread.

Using the milk (optional) mix it with the two eggs and beat the two together. If you are doing diary free, only use the eggs and beat them together. Using a brush or the back of a spoon, cover the bread with the mixes as this will help it to brown.

Bake for 30 minutes. Using a knife put it into your bread to test if it is ready. If when you pull it out of the bread, it has crumbs on it, cook it for a little while longer. Remember that the inside may seem a bit soggy due to the juices from the bacon and the veggies.


You can use different kinds of vegetables instead of the ones I mentioned.


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Easy to make Marmite Puffs








Here is a quick and easy snack recipe that you can make for friends and children alike and it’s easy enough that you can vary it according to your tastes. It can also be given to children with milk allergies but please do read the packaging of the puff pastry to ensure that it doesn’t contain diary and use Spray and Cook or oil to coat the dish.

Marmite Puffs


•One packet readymade Puff Pastry like Today Puff Pastry
•Spray and cook/ tsp oil or butter

  1. Method:
    1. Let the puff pastry thaw and when it is nice and soft, roll it out flat onto a
    chopping board or flat surface.
    2. Preheat your oven or convection microwave to 200”C (degrees Celsius)
    3. Spray Spray and Cook onto your flat dish that will be going into the microwave
    or oven. If you don’t have Spray and Cook, use a little bit of oil or butter
    and spread this over the dish so that the puff pastry doesn’t stick.
    4. Take a sharp knife and cut the puff pastry into long strips and then divide the
    long strips into smaller slices, about the length of your thumb.
    5. Spread the marmite onto the smaller strips according to taste (I like a lot of
    Marmite so I put it on quite thick)
    6. Put the Marmite strips onto the dish and put them into the oven/microwave and
    bake them until they rise and become a nice golden colour.
    7. When they are done, take them out of the oven using an oven gloves or a cloth
    so that you don’t burn your hands on the dish.

They can be served warm or cold, but I prefer them cold so I leave them to cool
before giving them out. I unfortunately don’t have any after pictures as they always seem to disappear before I can take them!

  • Variations:
    •You can also use cumin seeds, cheese spread or curry powder instead of the Marmite.
    •For something fancier, follow steps 1-3 and 5 and take a packet of chips and break
    them into fine pieces and put them into a bowl. Chutney, lamb and salt and vinegar
    chips work the best! Beat an egg in a separate bowl and then dip the puff pastry
    strips into the egg mix and then into the chips covering the strips with chips.
    Holding the end sides of the puff pastry, give them a slight turn so that they twist
    a bit and then put them onto your microwave or oven dish and take them out when they
    are a nice golden brown colour and follow step 7.
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Fussy Eater?








I have recently come to t the conclusion that a Fussy Eater can also have another name: Sporadic Guzzler! Bella has always been a fussy eater but we have never struggled with her eating her porridge. To be honest I was at my wits end and started to Google to find ways to get her to eat more. Some of the tips worked and some of them didn’t but the ones that did and those that I figured out, I stuck to. The main tip that I found to work is not to make a fuss when she eats but to let her do it in her own way. This has led to large amounts of mess and clothes changes but at least she has been eating more. This makes it very strange when she becomes a Sporadic Guzzler and wants to eat everything in sight from pasta to bread to avo to cashew nuts. I have learnt to just keep asking her if she wants things and giving it to her. I think it has to do with her allergies, when they are in check then she wants to eat more but when they aren’t then she doesn’t feel too great and starts to eat less again. Some days I will make her the most amazing food and she will look at it and take a bite and then want nothing more to do with it. We try to keep the foods that she does love and eat easily in the house for when she is being really difficult. We have also discovered that she loves spicy and flavoured food and doesn’t like bland or too sugary foods.

So here are some of the tips that I have found to be working:

  • To get her to eat vegetables, I cook frozen mixed veg (you could use fresh ones too) and then fry some mince with mixed herbs and a pinch of salt. I then mix the two and blend it in a blender so that it is a bit coarse but that she can’t see the veggies and tell her its “vleisie” and she eats it all.
  • I get her involved in the cooking or give her a pot that has some macaroni in it, a spoon and some plastic bottles of spices and let her “cook”
  • If she asks for a certain food like hot chips, I will make them for her to show that she can also have a choice in what she eats.
  • We try to eat earlier so that she eats with us at the table as I have found that she doesn’t like to eat alone. It does make my food get a bit colder when I have to help her but I encourage her to use a fork or spoon to eat as much as she can alone.
  • I make extra of her favourite meals and then freeze them so if I am running a bit late, that I can heat it up and she doesn’t have to wait
  • I always have mealies and tuna on hand so that if she asks for it or is being really difficult, she will eat them.
  • When I pick her up from school, I play a game with her and ask if she wants different foods i.e. steak, burger, veggies and she will answer yes or no to some things but then I get an idea of what she feels like! Doesn’t mean that she is going to get what she wants but it keeps us entertained for a while.
  • If I make food for us, I will take some of the protein i.e. chicken out before adding the sauces or curry so that if she doesn’t like the food, she has it plain. She has surprised us by eating medium curry and seems to like it!
  • When we get home, I try to give her as many healthy snacks as I can because I have noticed that her sugar levels drop from the last time that she has had snacks at school and this can make her cranky, not in the mood for food and only want her bottle.
  • We are not pudding eaters in our family but I will give her some cookies or Flings now and then that she can have if she has been very good. She doesn’t eat sweets or chocolates so this is her treat! If she has been very good she can have some cake!
  • On weekends I try to stick to the times that she eats at school and have noticed a large change in her moods and if I don’t stick to them, she can get quite cranky!
  • If she is being very difficult, I will put some food in a bowl and tell her to go and give it to her Daddy. I often catch her around the corner munching “his” food!

If you have a fussy eater, try the above tips but mainly find something that suits your child. What works for mine doesn’t mean that it will work for yours as they have different personalities! Good luck and if you have some tips for me, please let me know! J

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