Little Red’s Top 10 Recipes for Busy Mums and {Busier} Munchkins

I sit here thinking about the daunting task of grocery shopping for Master Nearly-5 {yes, I have two children but Miss 6-Months is too too tiny for food just yet} and I for the week {Husband will be busy working, as usual}. I ask myself “how can I make my cooking really REALLY easy and yummy this week?” Will I survive the supermarket with {Octopus in a Pram} Miss 6-Months and {King of requesting toys each shopping trip} Master Nearly-5? Without breaking the loose {slightly tight} budget?

Master Nearly-5 has a poor appetite at the moment, not sure why, and it takes all of my energy to get him within five miles of finishing a meal. So with a lot of work and functions on this week, simple and quick is my focus.

I thought if I could give even just one other person a new recipe to try for the week and they in fact enjoy the meal, then I’ve achieved something great on a quiet Sunday night. I’ll be even more impressed if my growing boy finishes a meal this week.

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indulgent treat while I work tonight- organic juice, a tangello and feta-stuffed eenie meenie peppers

So here are some recipes I’ll be trying in the next few weeks. Enjoy and please provide feedback if you get stuck into any of these recipes in your kitchens this week. Click on the links to be taken to the recipe listings.

PS: I’m sure absolutely NONE of my replica dishes will resemble these carefully posed foodie pics in any way, but hey, a Mum can try.

Mint and Pumpkin Couscous with Sesame Lamb

iron, protein, fibre. just what a tasty dinner needs.

iron, protein, fibre. just what a tasty dinner needs.

(Image and recipe courtesy of the Heart Foundation of Australia)

Turkey Burgers with Coleslaw

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burgers- easy, quick, tasty. turkey- delicious, healthy and budget-friendly!

(Image and recipe courtesy of Taste)

Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup

soup- warming especially for those Melbourne souls who face the "4 seasons in one day" weather down south!

soup- warming especially for those Melbourne souls who face the “4 seasons in one day” weather down south!

(Image and recipe courtesy of Heart Active- Heart Foundation Australia)

 

Fish in Foil

hold the chilli if your little munchkins aren't too ready for spice!

hold the chilli if your little munchkins aren’t too ready for spice!

(Image and recipe courtesy of http://www.kidspot.com.au)

Easy Frittata

teamed with steamed vegetables or a fresh salad with an oil-free dressing. YUM!

teamed with steamed vegetables or a fresh salad with an oil-free dressing. YUM!

(Image courtesy of PetiteMiam, via All Recipes, Recipe Courtesy of All Recipes)

 

Crepes with Ricotta

a bit of a treat for both Mum and Master Nearly-5 {go easy on the sugar, try coconut shreds or a teaspoon of organic honey instead}

a bit of a treat for both Mum and Master Nearly-5 {go easy on the sugar, try coconut shreds or a teaspoon of organic honey instead}

(Image and recipe courtesy of Super Healthy Kids)

Potato, Ricotta and Spinach Pizza

Master Nearly-5 love making our own pizzas- so easy to rotate ingredients {and use up that leftover ricotta}

Master Nearly-5 love making our own pizzas- so easy to rotate ingredients {and use up that leftover ricotta}

(Image and recipe courtesy of Taste)

Lamb and Potato Bake

add any vegetables. all sorts of delish-ess-ness.

add any vegetables. all sorts of delish-ess-ness.

(Image and recipe courtesy of Good Food- BBC)

Rhubarb Crumble

hold the custard, replace any nasty sugars and rhubarb's your uncle!

hold the custard, replace any nasty sugars and rhubarb’s your uncle!

(Image and recipe courtesy of Good Food- BBC)

Tuna Melts

looks cheesy, but it oh so easy. try rye bread and low fat cottage cheese for reduced fat tastiness

looks cheesy, but it oh so easy. try rye bread and low-fat cottage cheese for reduced fat tastiness

(Image and recipe courtesy of Eating Well)

So there you have it. All my recipes must be easy to make, tasty and healthy. Hoping that all these simple, no-frills recipes give me an easy run in the kitchen this week,

What are some of your all-time favourite and easy recipes to make for your families or even just for yourself? Do you stick to the recipe or embellish a little {or a lot?}

Would love for you to post links below to your favourite recipes, my recipe book always has room for some tasty treats from around the world!

LEJ