Honey Soy and Garlic Prawns with Capsicum and Snow Peas

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Honey Soy and Garlic Prawns

Remember that Asian banquet that my sister and I cooked up for our family? I hope you all enjoyed the Teriyaki and Sesame Lamb recipe – we certainly enjoyed eating it! As promised here is a second recipe using the Maggi Stir Fry Creations range – Honey, Soy and Garlic Prawns with Capsicum and Snow Peas. Don’t forget to read to the end for the best. giveaway. ever.

This little winner has a delicious sweet flavour without being too sticky and overpowering like some sauces can be. The crisp snow peas and crunchy capsicum were a perfect match with slippery, slurpy noodles. I love the amount of sauce that comes with the Maggi Stir Fry Creations range, it’s just right amount to coat the noodles and give a kick of flavour. I’d like to try the Honey, Soy and Garlic Stir Fry with chicken, bok choy and broccoli too. I think that would be so yummy!

The Maggi Stir Fry Creations range made is so easy to throw together a fresh and tasty dinner for our family. Just two steps and dinner is on the table – not just any dinner either. One that is healthy, well balanced and full of flavour. I’m going to make sure that I’ve always got some Maggi Stir Fry Creations in the pantry, then I’ll know that dinner is never far away, especially on those busy days.

Honey, Soy and Garlic Prawns with Capsicum and Snow Peas

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients
1 tablespoon peanut oil
600g medium green prawns, shelled and deveined
1 packet Maggi Honey, Soy and Garlic Stir Fry Creations
200g green beans, trimmed
350g broccoli, trimmed, cut into florets
450g fresh hokkien noodles

Method
1. Coat the prawns in the Infusion Paste and set aside for 2 – 5 minutes.
2. Prepare the noodles according to packet directions.
3. Heat half the oil in a wok over high heat. Add half the prawns and stir fry for 2 – 3 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
4. Heat the remaining oil in the wok and stir fry the capsicum and snow peas for 3 minutes, or until vegetables are bright and tender crisp.
5. Add the prawns, drained noodles and Finishing Sauce to the pan and cook for a further 2 minutes before serving.

Giveaway

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Five Yummy Treats to Cook and Eat with Kids – The Weekly Kids Co-Op

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Five Yummy Desserts to Cook and Eat with Kids - The Weekly Kids Co Op hosted by Octavia and VickyThis week I’m featuring five yummy recipes from last week’s Kids Co-Op that had my mouth watering.

1. Frozen S’mores (Reading Confetti)

2. Gluten Free Rocky Road with Toblerone and Red Frogs (Lessons Learnt Journal)

3. Twin Fairy Birthday Cakes (Mummy Musings and Mayhem)

4. Ice Cream Tortilla Wraps (Kiddie Foodies)

5. Dessert Quesadillas (Looks What Mom Found)

Now for this week’s Kids Co-Op….

The Weekly Kids Co Op - fun stuff for kids to play, make and do

Messy Play (and how to keep clean!)

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15 Fun Ideas for Messy Play #sponsored

Do your kids like messy play? You know, making mud pies, squishing gloop, painting with their feet, building sand castles, squelching foam? Messy play is a fun, open ended activity that allows children’s creativity to go wild. It is also cheap and easy to set up. And did I mention FUN? Pebble and I have had LOTS of laughs getting messy. Here are a few ideas that you might like to try:

Phew! That’s a lot of mess :) It’s safe to say that my laundry basket gets pretty full with messy, gloopy, gooey clothes. I’m no laundry princess – I like to chuck it all in, press a couple of buttons and have it come out clean.

Cold Power asked if I’d like to try out their Cold Power Sensitive Touch to get our mess all cleaned up. I was keen to give it a go for a couple of reasons – first of all, it’s safe for sensitive skin, and our Pebble is a delicate little flower. I always have to be careful of the product that I use with her, she gets rashy, bumpy, itchy skin very easily. Cold Power Sensitive Touch also gives clothes a squeaky clean while saving energy costs because it washes in cold water. It worked great in my front loader, but you can also get it for top loaders, both in liquid or powder form. We tried the liquid and it made everything fresh and clean, even after messy play.

So what are you waiting for? Go and get messy! You can always get clean again and it’s well worth the fun.

15 Fun Ideas for Messy Play - and how to get clean again

Cold Power Sensitive Touch Giveaway

If you’d like some help to get clean, Cold Power are giving away two packs of Cold Power Sensitive Touch (RRP $14.99). Just leave a comment telling me what your child’s favourite messy play is. Don’t forget to tell me if you have a top loader or front loader, so we can send you the right stuff. Entries close at midnight AEST on Wednesday, 24 July 2013. Sorry but this one is for Aussie readers only.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Cold Power and Digital Parents Collective. Cold Power Sensitive Touch provided complimentary samples for this post, however the opinions and content expressed within are completely my own. 

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Teriyaki and Sesame Lamb with Broccoli and Green Beans

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Teriyaki and Sesame Lamb with Broccoli and Green Beans - Maggi Stir Fry Creations

I love Asian food. Dumplings, stir fries, noodles, fried rice. I love it all! One thing I really miss is making stir fries at home. We used to have them more often BK (that’s Before Kids) but all the sauces and spices and herbs became a bit much to bother with.. Not to mention that my time for experimenting with new recipes has been chewed up (and slobbered on and spit up) by baby Rocky. However! I recently received a parcel of goodies which gave me some incentive to pull out the wok again.

No more rows of bottles, jars and five different (expensive!) herbs for me. With Maggi Stir Fry Creations it’s easy to create a fresh and tasty stir fry with just one little packet using a unique two-step process. All I have to do is flavour meat with real herbs and spices using the Infusion Paste, then toss in the Finishing Sauce at the end . Easy peasy. There are five yummy flavours in the range. My favourite, Teriyaki and Sesame, old favourites like Honey, Soy and Garlic, and some with a little kick, like Sweet Chillli, Ginger and Lemon Grass – all available at Coles, Woolworths and Independent supermarkets (RRP $3.29).

Teriyaki and Sesame Lamb with Broccoli and Green Beans - Maggi Stir Fry Creations

One of the things that I love about throwing together these stir fries, is that I can use any meat or veggies that I have in the fridge. I don’t have to worry about planning and shopping and spending hours at the stove top. It’s a great way to add lots of different vegies to a meal to make it more well balanced too.

We recently had a birthday celebration for my step-mum. I jumped at the chance to create an Asian banquet using Maggi Stir Fry Creations. It was easy, even while juggling a baby and a toddler (oh, alright, I may have had some help from my sister, not to mention the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins keeping our kids busy!).

Teriyaki and Sesame Lamb with Broccoli and Green Beans - Maggi Stir Fry CreationsTeriyaki and Sesame Lamb with Broccoli and Green Beans - Maggi Stir Fry Creations

We had a few nibbles for entree, then brought out the Maggi Stir Fry Creations for the main course. We made three fresh, tasty stir fries packed with juicy, tender meat and seafood, and crisp vegetables. We served Teriyaki and Sesame Lamb with Broccoli and Green Beans (recipe below), Chinese Chicken Fried Rice and Sweet Chilli, Ginger and Lemon Grass Prawns with Capsicums and Snow Peas.

Before trying Maggi Stir Fry Creations I would never have dreamed of trying to make and serve these three dishes all at once, but the two step process made it super simple. Once I had decided on the meat and veg that I wanted I just threw them together in a few minutes. My sister on one wok, me on the other. We were stir fry ninjas! I was really impressed with the quantity of paste and sauce in the sachets. I cooked a lot of meat and veg in each stir fry and there was still plenty of flavour and sauce. This really helped to make a big family meal.

The food was wolfed down by our hungry and very happy family. Everyone had different favourites, but I loved the rich flavour of the Teriyaki and Sesame Lamb best. The kids favourite was definitely the Chinese Chicken Fried Rice. The zingy flavour in the Sweet Chilli, Ginger and Lemongrass Prawns also went down a treat. I would definitely use Maggi Stir Fry Creations again at home.

This week I am sharing the recipe for the Teriyaki and Sesame Lamb with Broccoli and Green Beans. Stay tuned next week for another scrummy recipe, as well as a super awesome giveaway thanks to Maggi.

Teriyaki and Sesame Lamb with Broccoli and Green Beans - Maggi Stir Fry Creations Teriyaki and Sesame Lamb with Broccoli and Green Beans - Maggi Stir Fry Creations

Teriyaki and Sesame Lamb with Broccoli and Green Beans

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients
1 tablespoon peanut oil
800g lamb rump, trimmed, cut into strips
1 packet Maggi Teriyaki and Sesame Stir Fry Creations
200g green beans, trimmed
350g broccoli, trimmed, cut into florets
450g fresh hokkien noodles

Method

  1. Coat the lamb in the Infusion Paste and set aside for 2 – 5 minutes.
  2. Prepare the noodles according to packet directions.
  3. Heat half the oil in a wok over high heat. Add half the lamb. Stir fry for 2 – 3 minutes or until brown and tender. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining lamb.
  4. Stir fry green beans and broccoli for 3 minutes, or until vegetables are bright green and tender crisp.Add the lamb, drained noodles and Finishing Sauce to the pan and cook for a further 2 minutes before serving.

Yum!

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Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

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Tried and Tested Kid Friendly Recipes

Tried and Tested Kid Friendly Recipes | Octavia and Vicky

This week we’ve been enjoying a few old favourite meals and some new snacks. I even gave a few Pinterest recipes a whirl, which is always interesting. You never know when you’re gonna hit a Pinterest FAIL! Here are the recipes that we tried and loved – click on the image to go to the recipe or scroll down to the list of recipes and mini reviews at the end of the post. The short answer is: I’ve tried them all and highly recommend them.

2 Ingredient Cookies 2 Ingredient Pizza Dough Frozen Yoghurt Drops NOT Fried Chicken Pikelets Vegetable and Lentil Lasagne

The Reviews

2 Ingredient Banana and Oat Cookies

These cookies, made from oats and banana (and nothing else!) were delicious straight out of the oven and could not have been easier to make. I may have *cough* thrown a few white chocolate chips into the mix for the last two cookies and they were really, really good. The plain cookies were less delicious when eaten cold the next day, but the white chocolate ones were still good. I’d make these again – perhaps making and freezing a batch, and cooking as many as I needed at a time.

2 Ingredient Pizza Dough 

I have been using this pizza dough recipe since reading it on Chantelle’s site in August last year. The two ingredients are greek yoghurt and flour. It makes a light, crispy outside, fluffy centre pizza dough that we make once a fortnight at least, sometimes weekly. I usually use it for  a traditional tomato based pizza with cheese, veg and meat, but also tried a homemade basil pesto and prawn pizza this week, which was divine! If I had remembered to take a photo of that you would be seeing a blog post of it soon. I guess I’ll just have to make it again :P

Frozen Yoghurt Drops

I was a bit sceptical of this one, but was pleasantly surprised to find it worked! You pipe yoghurt dots onto a baking sheet and put it in the freezer to make frozen yoghurt drops. These were an awesome snack in this muggy Aussie heat this week. The yoghurt drops do melt a little once out of the freezer – not too fast for me to eat them though!

“Not” Fried Chicken

I have loved and used Liss’ recipe for ‘Frugal Fast Food’ chicken for a long time now, it must be a couple of years since we first tried it. The coating is so easy to make, you can make and freeze ahead, and throw it in the oven to bake. It’s also really easy to substitute bits and pieces in the recipe – I might substitute the rosemary for thyme or the cayenne for paprika, depending on what I have on hand. We always serve it with mashed potato, corn on the cob and gravy. The leftover chicken (if you have any) makes an awesome cold lunch either on it’s on or in a sandwich. I always use thighs or breasts instead of drumsticks, because that’s what I like :)

Pikelets

I love Beverley, otherwise known as Beth, and have been reading her blog ever since we were both preggo at the same time with our now three year old girls. She whips up some very tasty treats, and these pikelets certainly didn’t fail. Super simple recipe and perfect pikelets – I won’t try another recipe again. This is the one!

Vegetable and Lentil Lasagne

This is my very own recipe – actually it’s from Pebble’s child care centre cookbook, and we’ve been cooking and eating it for a year or so. It’s one of Pebble’s favourite meals to eat at child care and one that we’ve replicated for home too. Of course, now that I’ve just made another super batch of it she seems to be turning her nose up at it! I’m sure she’ll come around to it again. Kids!

Have you tried a Pinterest recipe lately? Was it a success? Or a big FAIL?

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

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