SCHOOL LUNCHES FEATURING YAYTRAY

With the new school year here in Australia well and truly past, and lunch box ideas running low, I thought this would be the perfect time to refresh all of our Mum brains with new inspirations for school lunches.  I absolutely LOVE making kindy lunches, and take a lot of pride in the options, variety and presentation of Ari’s food, making lunchtime a really exciting time for him.

As in the past I prepare Ari’s lunch in his Yaytray which is a super cool, fun and innovative lunch box from Yurica Labs.  Prior to this blog post I have written 7 Lunches for 7 Days featuring the Yaytray which you can revisit here.

I have previously shared the many reasons why I love the Yaytray product.  Here they are again:
1. It saves me time – I only prepare and clean up one container.
2. It is great for the environment – no more cling wrap.
3. It is neat and compact – the worlds first all in one eating tray.
4. Things don’t get lost – it holds it’s own cutlery.
5. Is clean and convenient – leak proof and packs up in a matter of seconds.
6. It holds a large meal – 400mls actually!
7. It’s stable and non slip – making it easy for children to eat from.
8. All the important things – like food-safe, BPA-free, phthalate-free, microwave-safe and dishwasher-safe.
9. It’s cost-effective, you don’t have to buy a million containers just this one.
10. They are a small business, so you are buying from real Mum’s and Dads who designed it because they know what we need.

To purchase a Yaytray click here and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog and you will receive your 10% off discount code!  To follow Yurica Labs on Instagram click here

MONDAY – Bold and Bright
Fresh, crisp and healthy.

Rice Paper Rolls
Leftover Roast Chicken
Pretzels
Blueberry, Lemon and Coconut Slice
Strawberries

Recipe – Roast Chicken.  Blueberry, Lemon and Coconut Slice.  Rice Paper Rolls.
Time Savers – Roast your own chicken the night before and serve it for dinner with vegetables, or buy a store-bought version to save even more time.
Variations – Swap the chicken breast for any cold meat selection, a can of tuna, smoked salmon or cold marinated tofu.  Cheese can be swapped with a vegan alternative.  Rice Paper Rolls can be made in countless variations.


TUESDAY – Turning Japanese
A yummy selection of food from one of our favourite destinations.

Sushi
Edamame
Cucumber Sticks
Orange Slices
Pop Corn

Recipe – Sushi.
Time Savers – Edamame can be purchased in peeled form in the freezer section of grocery stores.  I just pull a bag out from my freezer when I am ready to use it, and let it thaw in the fridge overnight.
Variations – Sushi can be made using lots of different options to suit all dietary requirements.  If your children don’t like the idea of seaweed there are lots of varieties that are seaweed free.


WEDNESDAY – Family Favourite

A freezer friendly twist on a family favourite.

Macaroni Pasta Bites
Carrot Sticks
Soy Crisps
Raspberries
Blackberries
Dried Fruit

Recipes – Macaroni Pasta Bites.
ime Savers – Use last nights left over pasta (any variety it doesn’t have to be Macaroni) to easily create this meal.  Or double the batch, you can even freeze a bunch of pasta cups for future lunches.
Variations – Use your favourite pasta meal to create this dish.  Carrot sticks can be exchanged for ticks of cucumber, carrot or capsicum.


THURSDAY – Healthy Balance
My perfect go to for stocking up the freezer.

Mini Quiche
Vegemite Twist
Snow Peas
Banana Slices
Yoghurt Covered Sultanas

Recipes – Mini Quiche.  Vegemite Twist.
ime Savers – Make a double batch of the quiches and store them in the freezer or serve for dinner the night before.
Variations – There are countless options of quiches available.  Vegemite twists can be made glute free.  The fruit and vegetables can be swapped out for your littles favourites.


FRIDAY – Baker’s Delight
Homemade versions of family favourites!
Savoury Scroll
Banana, Zucchini and Carrot Loaf
Bean Mix
Apricot Delight
Dried Cranberry
Kiwi Fruit
Capsicum Slices

Recipes – Savoury Scroll.  Banana, Zucchini and Carrot Loaf.
Time Savers – These savoury scrolls are seriously so quick and easy.  Banana loaf can be cut and popped in the freezer for future lunches.
Variations – There are lots of scroll variations like keeping them meat free for vegetarians.


After School Snack –
This last recipe is a new favourite afternoon snack which my littles are loving.  I came across it on the Instagram page of Sarita Holland who’s account is ful of delicious recipes that she makes with her children.  Click here to see the post with full recipe that contains only four ingredients.

Before I wrap this up I want to share with you my three biggest time-saving tips for when it comes to meal prep!  Once again I have shared these before, but they truly are life savers! 
1. Make all of your meals in one go.  I make breakfast, lunch and dinner all in the morning.  This is a huge time saver especially in the clean up and it means that I don’t feel like I ‘live’ in the kitchen.
2. Food prep in bulk with cook ups every few months.  I tend to do a big one every three months to get my lunch staples sorted.
3. Always take a packed lunch out with you when you have little babes.  I make Ari and Chloe’s lunch in their Yaytray every morning, even if we think we might be home.  It saves me time and money if we end up unexpectedly out for lunch.

To purchase a Yaytray click here and don’t forget to subscribe to receive my discount code!  To follow Yurica Labs on Instagram click here

DETAILS
Photos –
Nicola Holland Photography
My outfit –
Mumma Bear Nursing Wear
Chloe and Ari’s Outfits (for their picnic) – Piper and Me
Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog for a full list of discount codes including ones for all of the stores mentioned in this blog.

THANKYOU for reading, I hope that you  gained a useful tip or meal to work into your lives.  on’t forget to keep up to date with our family life on Instagram.

Enjoy!

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*Disclaimer: At times this website contains posts where items and experiences have been sponsored, gifted or blog posts have been paid for in return for advertisement/promotion.  Where this applies it will be clearly stated at the bottom of the blog post. Natalie Sullivan and www.thissweetlofeofmine.blog only endorses brands/items that her family uses, loves and highly recommends. To read the full disclaimer see here.

WHEN HUBBY SAVES THE DAY FEATURING HELLOFRESH

Change your meals, change your life –

I have something truly life changing to share, but before I start here’s a special gift I’d like to give you! Head here and use the code LOVENAT to receive $35 off this tasty treat!

Oh, and I highly recommend sending this blog post to your husband, read on to find out why…

One for the busy Mamas –

As a Mother to two young children, I know all too well the struggles we share in our busy lives.  With the daycare drop offs, school pickups, lunches to pack, cleaning, preparing meals, working a job, the list goes on and our responsibilities are endless.

I am also a huge advocate for outsourcing jobs by sticking to our strengths and identifying my weaknesses, and then handballing the tasks that don’t work for me. It’s also ok to ask for help! Grocery shopping and food prep is a huge one here and everyone knows that I love to meal plan. I recognise the number of hours that can be saved and better spent with my family. I find as a mother I am always doing the other ‘stuff’ in life and rarely get to be the one enjoying time with my kiddies. Most mums can relate to watching everyone else play and have fun, while they are busy doing everything else. With that said I’m always grateful for anyone who will step in and take a task off my hands.

When hubby saves the day!

My husband Ryan and I are big supporters of HelloFresh, in fact we have ordered, received and cooked over 600 of their meals! Since then I don’t think I could go back, mainly because now Ryan can now cook an edible meal for those days when I am spread out in 50 different directions! Last week he knew I had a busy one coming up, so he ordered a HelloFresh box. He planned and cooked all our dinners… AMAZING!! I had so much to do finalising blog posts that I was up until 11pm every night, so the fact that he could prepare dinners for me from start to finish without so much as needing to ask where an ingredient was made life so much easier. There’s nothing quite like a man who can cook, and that kind gesture just blew me away! Hubba hubba! 😍

Here’s what Ryan cooked up for me –

Ryan was able to cook up three incredible meals for which I was so grateful – keeping us both away from the sneaky take-outs! Check him out in action!

My favourite meal was the Mexican Black Bean Chilli and Ryan’s was the Moroccan Chickpea Tagine

I was SO impressed!

Honestly, I LOVE Ryan’s cooking! Every meal was so delicious, and I think the fact that he had cooked them made them taste even better… he even did the dishes! Just when I thought my week was going to be a total disaster, the fact that he stepped in with this small, but such kind gesture completely lifted my spirits. Positive acts of kindness really do start in the home. There can be SO much joy found in cooking and food… especially if something does it for you out of LOVE!

Here’s why we are so grateful for HelloFresh

 HelloFresh is extremely easy to order, and can be done from a simple app. There are options for both meat eaters and vegetarians, so that everyone is happy!  You can also choose different sizes of boxes to suit how many people are in your family, (also considering if you would like to have leftovers like us.)  Each week the menu is different, and we have found that there is very rarely a double up.

Once you have selected your menu for the week, HelloFresh goes ahead with packing your order and delivering it out to your home. Perishable items are packed in a coolpack so that if you are at work the food will be fine until you return. The subscription can be setup to be ongoing so that you don’t even have to think about it until the boxes arrive at your door each week, and all you need to do is to decide which tasty option to prepare first. All the meals are very child friendly, and I have found that our kiddies have really enjoyed the majority of recipes. When we first started HelloFresh we ordered the classic box, however we recently switched to the vegetarian box as our diet changed. Making this lifestyle change was so much easier because of HelloFresh and its vegetarian options. Oh, and all the packaging is recyclable which is important to me.

HelloFresh saved our week!

To me, HelloFresh is a no brainer and our family highly recommends it… if you can get someone to cook it for you then even better! It’s perfect for anyone who enjoys fresh meals, continual variety and the convince of having this all delivered to their door in perfect portions, ready to be cooked. I was so happy that Ryan took on the meals for the week and tackled them like a pro! Each meal looked and tasted like restaurant quality!

Try it for yourself!

Click here and use the code LOVENAT to receive $35 off, then get someone to cook it for you…. Tell them how grateful you’ll be!

Enjoy!

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MAMA’S EVERYDAY ROAST CHICKEN RECIPE

 

My kiddies love chicken and this roast recipe is so simple it takes me 5 minutes to prepare it.  I also use the same herbs to marinate the piece of fish that I eat while my little are devouring theirs.

Ingredients

  • Steggles Family Roast Chicken
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme sprigs
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped sage
  • ¼ teaspoon finely chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1 Lemon
  • Oil or butter to rub the skin
  • Sea salt  and black pepper to season
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. In a small bowl combine parsley, thyme, sage and rosemary.
  3. Rub oil or butter over the skin of the chicken and then spread the mixed herbs over the chicken.
  4. Put whole lemon in through the bottom end of the chicken and place it in the belly.
  5. Place the chicken into a roasting pan on a bed of fresh herbs and season with sea salt and black pepper.
  6. Roast for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  7. Serve with your favourite sides like baked potato and roasted carrots.

Left over roast chicken is great to use on meals throughout the week, like school sandwiches, tacos, pasta dishes and pizza etc.

Recipe found and adapted from Herb roast chicken.

 

Home-Made Hommus

 

400g tin of drained and washed chickpeas
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Half of a freshly squeezed lemon
One clove of garlic very finely diced
1 tablespoon of tahini
Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika and Shallots

Place all ingredients besides the garnish into a blender or food processor, and blend until combined. If it is too thick add a tablespoon or two of water. Garnish with paprika and shallots, store in the fridge for up to 5 days.  Hommus is great to have as a snack with multigrain crackers or chopped up vegetables.

Chickpeas are a fantastic source of protein, fibre, iron, potassium, vitamin B1 and B2, and low-fat and sodium.  It also helps to lower cholesterol.

Lemons are a great source of vitamin C.

Tahini is a great source of protein calcium, omega 3, magnesium, iron, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin B3.

Another variation is to include mushrooms which you can blend or have as a garnish. Button mushrooms are rich in potassium, iron, B1 and B2. Mushrooms also have beneficial qualities in reducing bought blood fat levels and antibiotic properties.

7 LUNCHES FOR 7 DAYS FEATURING YAYTRAY BY YURICA LABS

Most days it feels like feeding children is an up hill battle.  The balance of healthy nutritious foods, variety and taste (what they will actually eat) is something that plays on parents minds constantly.  I know that within my Mother’s group we are constantly asking the question “What do you feed your children?” and “What’s your kids favourite meal?”

I was inspired by my love of the Yaytray by Yurica Labs to write a blog post featuring my children’s favourite meals, giving you 7 lunches for 7 days.  This blog post is full of lunch box ideas,  varying options, cheats, time savers and links to recipes.  I truly hope that you enjoy it and that it gives you some inspiration.

Before I start I want to share with you some things that I LOVE about the Yaytray, since receiving mine three months ago:
1. It saves me time – I only prepare and clean up one container.
2. It is great for the environment – no more cling wrap.
3. It is neat and compact – the worlds first all in one eating tray.
4. Things don’t get lost – it holds it’s own cutlery.
5. Is clean and convenient – leak proof and packs up in a matter of seconds.
6. It holds a large meal – 400mls actually!
7. It’s stable and non slip – making it easy for children to eat from.
8. All the important things – like food-safe, BPA-free, phthalate-free, microwave-safe and dishwasher-safe.
9. It’s cost-effective, you don’t have to buy a million containers just this one.
10. They are a small business, so you are buying from real Mum’s and Dads who designed it because they know what we need.

To purchase a Yaytray click here and don’t forget to use my permanent code SWEETLIFE for 10% off!  To follow Yurica Labs on Instagram click here


MONDAY – The Snack Plate

This is my children’s favourite meal, they love the variety of foods that I put together.

Chicken Breast
Carrot Stick with humus
Soy Crisp
Cheese Cubes
Strawberries
Blueberries

Recipe – 5 Minute humus by realsimple.com
Time Savers – Roast your own chicken the night before and serve it for dinner with vegetables, or buy a store-bought version to save even more time.  Purchase a store bought humus to save time, there are so many delicious options around.
Variations – Swap the chicken breast for any cold meat selection, a can of tuna, smoked salmon or cold marinated tofu.  Cheese can be swapped with a vegan alternative.


TUESDAY – Left Overs in Disguise
Last nights dinner but you wouldn’t know it!

Homemade Meatballs
Cherry Tomato, Green Bean and Cheese Pasta Salad
Apple Slices

Recipe – Italian Beef Meatballs from taste.com – This link gives you the recipe for last nights dinner too.
Time Savers – Use leftover meatballs and cooked pasta from the night before to create this meal.  Kids love pasta meatballs with a yummy spaghetti sauce for dinner!  Instead of making your meatballs buy from pre rolled one in the shops.
Variations – There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan friendly meatball, mince and cheese options available.  Also if your children don’t like cherry tomatoes or green beans try sweet corn.


WEDNESDAY – Sweet Treat

For when your kiddies just aren’t quite sweet enough.

Crumb Chicken
Snow Peas
Beetroot Dip
Crackers
Dried Cranberries
Healthy Chocolate Crackle

Recipes – Healthier Chocolate Crackle by goodness.com.au and Beetroot Dip by stayathomemum.com.au
Time Savers – Instead of making your own dip purchase one of the delicious ones made in store.  Make a double batch of the chocolate crackles and freeze them.
Variations – The dip can be swapped with your children’s favour kind, or maybe even some cream cheese.  As with the snow peas which can be exchanged for ticks of cucumber carrot or capsicum.  The crumb chicken can be swapped for a vegan meat alternative.


THURSDAY – Family Favourite

This one is a huge hit with my spaghetti loving family and you’re about to find out why!

Spaghetti Bolognese Cups
Corn on the Cob
Mixed Beans
Berry Selection
Apricot Coconut Bites

Recipes – Spaghetti Bolognese Cups by taste.com.au and Apricot Coconut Bites from thebigmansworld.com
Time Savers – Use last nights left over Spaghetti Bolognese to easily create this meal.  Or double the batch, you can even freeze a bunch of Spaghetti cups for future lunches.  Store bought ‘Apricot Delights’ can be used instead of the homemade options, like I have done on my tray.
Variations – Use vegan friendly alternatives like vegan mince in your Spaghetti Bolognese recipe.  If you google you can even find binding options to replace eggs!  Switch the fruit selection up each week, my littles favourite fruits are strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.


FRIDAY – The Go To!
Simple but loved by all there are so many variations to a wrap or sandwich.

Ham, Cheese, Salad and Mayo Wrap
Cherry Tomatoes
Sweet Corn
Banana Slices
Chocolate Zucchini Muffin

Recipes – Chocolate Zucchini Muffins by Wholesome Child
Time Savers – Make a big batch of muffins in mini cases and freeze them for future lunches.
Variations – Obviously there is a huge range of wraps and sandwiches that you can make to keep this meal interesting and suit your littles ones tastes.  A vegan alternative to mayonnaise is this wonderful cauliflower and cashew variation that I have previously shared from Wholesome Child, click here for more.


SATURDAY – The healthy mix

This is another variation of a snack tray that my little ones love.

Zucchini and Corn Fritters
Pop Corn
Fresh and Dried Fruit Cup
Cucumber Slices

Recipe – Zucchini and Corn Fritters by taste.com.au
Time Savers – Use a muffin case to create the fruit cup.  Cook the fritters in batches and freeze.
Variations – There is a lot of different variations of fruit cups that you can do.  Here I have kiwi fruit, dried mango and sultanas.


SUNDAY – Pantry Favourite

There is always one day a week where we are really searching the back of the pantry to fill our babies tummies.  Here’s my go to when I’m having one of ‘those days.’

Chia Raspberry Jam Sandwich
Pretzels
Nuts
Fruit
Cashew Coconut and Lemon Balls

Recipe – Chia Raspberry Jam by Wholesome Child and Cashew Coconut and Lemon Balls by Inspired to Holistic Health
Variations – This tray is the queen of variation!  Swap the jam  sandwich for vegemite,  peanut buttero or cream cheese.  Pretzels can be changed for pop corn, crackers, soy crisp or dried chick peas.  Fruit can be as basic as apple slices or banana pieces.

Before I wrap it up I want to share with you my three biggest time-saving tips for when it comes to meal prep!
1. Make all of your meals in one go.  I make breakfast, lunch and dinner all in the morning.  This is a huge time saver especially in the clean up and it means that I don’t feel like I ‘live’ in the kitchen.
2. Food prep in bulk with cook ups every few months.  I tend to do a big one every three months to get my lunch staples sorted.
3. Always take a packed lunch out with you when you have little babes.  I make Ari and Chloe’s lunch in their Yaytray every morning, even if we think we might be home.  It saves me time and money if we end up unexpectedly out for lunch.

To purchase a Yaytray click here and don’t forget to use my permanent code SWEETLIFE for 10% off!  To follow Yurica Labs on Instagram click here

Details
Images are by –
Nicola Holland Photography
My outfit –
Mumma Bear Nursing Wear
Chloe’s outfit – Ma Mer (discount code in tab.)
Ari’s outfit – Two Darlings
Picnic Rug – Wild N Bloom

THANKYOU for reading, I hope that you  gained a useful tip or meal to work into your lives.  If you have something that you would like to share ease contact me.  Don’t forget to subscribe for more or keep up to date with our family life on Instagram.

 

Ghee with Tanya Adams from Inspired to Holistic Health

Ghee is an amazing healthy fat.  It contains vitamins A, D, E & K.  It is also a rich source of butyric acid, a short chain fatty acid that is helpful in reducing inflammation within the digestive tract.  It also contains CLA an essential fatty acid that can contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system, improved immunity and weight loss.  Ghee is made by heating butter at a low temperature to separate the dairy components eliminating the proteins (casein and whey) and the milk solids (which includes lactose).  What’s left is a golden delicious liquid also known as clarified butter.   The health benefits of Ghee range from weight loss, gut healing to greater overall health.

Ingredients/Equipment
2-4 Blocks of grass feed/organic butter roughly chopped.  (Depending on how much you want to make)
Large oven-proof dish
One 1L glass jar or Two 500ml jars
Nut milk bag or Muslin Cloth

Recipe
Preheat oven to 150C.
Place chopped butter into a large baking dish.  Place the tray into the oven.  Cook for about 45mins and then check to see if milk solids are raising to the top.  Cook for another 30-45mins.  The milk solids should now be settled towards the bottom with a brownish layer on the top.
Take out the dish and let cool for about 10mins.  Once cooled, fold the muslin cloth over itself a few times to make a thick sheet.  Place cloth over the opening of the jar and let the cloth sag a little into the jar and secure in place with a rubber band.  Pour the cooled Ghee through the cloth so that it strains the lumpy particles out and you are left with a beautiful golden liquid remaining in your jar.
You can use the brown milky remains in almond cookies or brownies if you like for that buttery taste or discard into the bin.

Below you can see the separation process of Ghee in the first image, followed by the final product in the second.

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Tanya Adams is a beautiful wife and mother to three children residing on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.  She works as a Naturopath, focusing on holistic health to empower others to start their health journey.  You can connect with Tanya on Instagram here.

*Disclaimer: At times this website contains posts where items and experiences have been sponsored, gifted or blog posts have been paid for in return for advertisement/promotion.  Where this applies it will be clearly stated at the bottom of the blog post. Natalie Sullivan and www.thissweetlofeofmine.blog only endorses brands/items that her family uses, loves and highly recommends. To read the full disclaimer see here

Chicken Fried Rice with Tanya Adams from Inspired to Holistic Health

I don’t know about you but Fried Rice is a stable recipe for family dinner at our place.  This Chicken Fried Rice by Tanya from Inspired to Holistic Health is a knockout!  Simple and easy to create yet deliciously yummy.

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Ingredients
1 Tbs butter or olive oil
400G chopped free range chicken thighs roughly cubed
2 cups cooked Basmati rice or cauliflower rice
1-2 slices of bacon (nitrate free)
Diced, carrot, zucchini, and broccoli
½ cup Peas
1 onion diced
1 tsp fresh or dried ginger and garlic
1-2 eggs scrambled (optional)
2tbs Tamari (optional)

Recipe
Add butter or oil to a hot pan and add onion, garlic and ginger. If using powders add these towards the end of cooking.
Add cubed chicken thighs and stir through until sealed. Add bacon. Add vegetables. Turn pan down to a low heat and place a lid over the pan so vegetables can steam and cook quicker. Cook until everything soft and tender.
If adding egg, make a hole in the middle of the pan and add egg mixture. Mix until cooked and then mix throughout the whole dish. Alternatively you can cook the scrambled eggs in another pan, slice it up and mix through before or after adding rice.
Add your rice or cauliflower rice into the pan and mix through until evenly spread. Sever into bowls.

Tanya Adams is a beautiful wife and mother to three children residing on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.  She works as a Naturopath, focusing on holistic health to empower others to start their health journey.  You can connect with Tanya on Instagram here.

*Disclaimer: At times this website contains posts where items and experiences have been sponsored, gifted or blog posts have been paid for in return for advertisement/promotion.  Where this applies it will be clearly stated at the bottom of the blog post. Natalie Sullivan and www.thissweetlofeofmine.blog only endorses brands/items that her family uses, loves and highly recommends. To read the full disclaimer see here

Cashew, Coconut and Lemon Balls with Tanya Adams from Inspired to Holistic Health


Who doesn’t’ love a delicious health ball, packed full of nutritional ingredients.  These Cashew, Coconut and Lemon Balls, from Tanya Adams of Inspired to Holistic Health, make for the perfect lunch box sized snack for the whole family.

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Makes about 12 balls

Ingredients
1 cup cashews
¾ mix seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, chia, sesame)
Rind of 1 lemon and the juice (can add 1 drop lemon essential oil for extra flavour)
½ tsp vanilla extract (optional)
2 tsp stevia or 1 tbs honey (More if you like it sweeter)
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup fine desiccated coconut (for rolling balls in)

Optional extras
Protein powder
Dried cherries
Your favourite superfood powder

Recipe
Mix all ingredients into a blender apart from desiccated coconut.  Mix until a dough like consistency.  Taste and add more sweetener or lemon if need be.  Form balls from the dough then roll them into the coconut or your desired coating.  If you have added in extra powders you may need more coconut oil or a dash of coconut milk for a smooth consistency.

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Tanya Adams is a beautiful wife and mother to three children residing on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.  She works as a Naturopath, focusing on holistic health to empower others to start their health journey.  You can connect with Tanya on Instagram here.

*Disclaimer: At times this website contains posts where items and experiences have been sponsored, gifted or blog posts have been paid for in return for advertisement/promotion.  Where this applies it will be clearly stated at the bottom of the blog post. Natalie Sullivan and www.thissweetlofeofmine.blog only endorses brands/items that her family uses, loves and highly recommends. To read the full disclaimer see here

Cooking with Wholesome Child – Part One of Four – CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI MUFFINS

I came across the Wholesome Child: A Complete Nutrition Guide and Cookbook about six months ago and it has been a complete game changer in how I fill of little ones tummies.  Wholesome Child is written by the beautiful Mandy Sacher, an expert in child nutrition, who’s philosophy is simple: encourage children to enjoy nutritionally beneficial foods from a young age to ensure optimal development and establishment of lifelong healthy eating behaviours.  This is not just your average cookbook, it is a thorough yet fun nutritional guide and cooking companion.  I love it so much that I asked Mandy if I could share my top four favourite recipes with you all.  So here is part one of this four part series… the ever delicious Chocolate Zucchini Muffins.

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(VEG/GF/NF/DF)
Prep time: 25-30 mins
Cooking time: 35 mins
Makes: 30 mini muffins

Ingredients
1 cup (180g) zucchini, grated
½ cup (125g) sweet potato, steamed, pureed
1 egg
2 ripe bananas
1/3 cup (50g) coconut sugar
1/3 cup (80ml) maple syrup
1/3 cup (80ml) coconut oil, melted
1 cup (160g) brown rice flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbs cacao powder
1 tbs carob powder
1 tsp vanilla extract or powder
Pinch sea salt
1/3 cup (35g) dark chocolate buds (optional)

Equipment
High-speed food processor

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Place the zucchini in a clean tea towel and squeeze to remove excess water.
Place the zucchini, sweet potato, egg, banana, coconut sugar, maple syrup and coconut oil in a processor and process at a high speed.
Add the rice flour, baking powder, baking soda, cacao powder, carob powder, vanilla extract and sea salt. Process at a high speed until smooth consistency is reached.
Gently fold in the chocolate chips by hand.
To make mini muffins, use mini paper inserts and add 1-2 tbs of batter per muffin and cook for 30-35 mins or until a cake tester comes out clean.

 Serving and storing leftovers
Serve immediately, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 4 months.

Tip: If your child does not have a sweet tooth, reduce the sugar and the maple syrup to a quarter cup each.

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To learn more about Mandy Sacher please visit the Wholesome Child website.  Her book “Wholesome Child: A Complete Nutrition Guide and Cookbook” is available to purchase online and through iTunes, and you can connect with Mandy on Instagram and Facebook.

*Disclaimer: At times this website contains posts where items and experiences have been sponsored, gifted or blog posts have been paid for in return for advertisement/promotion.  Where this applies it will be clearly stated at the bottom of the blog post. Natalie Sullivan and www.thissweetlofeofmine.blog only endorses brands/items that her family uses, loves and highly recommends. To read the full disclaimer see here