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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

Summer Reading for Kids (with Giveaway!)

Contests By June 12, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 79 Comments

American Girl GiveawaySchool is almost out, and UrbanMommies wants to make it easy-peasy for you to focus on summer reading for kids. I push the kids to read all the time, but one area where I fail is not reading enough myself. I need to set a better example. I know I should go into Chapters Indigo to buy books, but they have so many amazing gifts and decor items I always lose myself in that particular department… Well, it’s going to get even worse now…. Chapters Granville in Vancouver will be revamped, revitalized and rebranded as Indigo on June 13th, 2015!

Through these renovations, thousands of additional titles will be added to shelves, and favourite departments will be upgraded. Once open, Indigo Granville will host Vancouver’s very own American Girl specialty boutique, and an expanded and re-imagined !ndigoKids department.

1,800 square feet, baby. In the new American Girl specialty boutique alone!!  A Doll Hair Salon will also open its doors within the specialty boutique, where fans can treat their dolls to a brand new hairstyle or ear piercing.

To celebrate, we’re giving away an incredible prize….

• 1 American Girl Doll
• 1 SandsAlive Kit
• 2 National Geographic Kids Books
• 3 American Girl books

Total value: approx. $200

Indigo has also just launched their Kids summer reading guide giving parents top picks for their kids this summer. Reading with my kids is going to be a huge focus for me this summer, and I’ve learned that the key is to get them books on topics they adore. How do you keep your kids reading in the summer? Use our handy Rafflecopter form to enter to win! Canada only, excluding Quebec. Ends 6/26.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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The Apothecary that is Kiss and Makeup

beauty, GEAR By June 12, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

 

Kiss and Makeup isn’t your typical beauty store. An apothecary with a focus on local products and natural beauty regimes, this is one of the hottest beauty experiences around. I’ve heard that celebrities make special jaunts to the new Londsale location while filming in Vancouver, and with the new venue opening in Olympic Village in July, it’s now skytrain accessible. But don’t fret if you can’t come to YVR in person. That’s what the web shop is for.

sjal kiss and makeupOur favourite finds?

  •  Scarves and perfect-for-Coachella ponchos by Jackson Rowe
  • Bags by Lloyd and Wolf
  •  Happy Spritz
  •  Everything Rahua
  • Verso and Rouge Bunny Rouge (exclusive to Kiss and Makeup)
  • Sjal Beauty (The Canadian version of Creme de la Mer)
  • Blind barber from NYC
  • Ilya beauty, CV Skinlabs and rms beauty – (local brands and have exploded into the celebrity market)

rms beauty kiss and makeupPendleton ScarvesTata Harper Kiss and MakeupRahua Kiss and MakeupHappy Spritz Kiss and MakeupI bought some Creme Ancienne by Fresh that was hand-mixed by Monks in France – (I couldn’t make that up). After using it a month the compliments just keep rolling in. But more are always better so feel free to keep them coming. Or you can tell me in person when we bump into each other at Kiss and Makeup.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Our Favourite Luxe Top Strollers for 2015

baby, FAM By June 11, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Always top of mind when you are pregnant is the stroller. This year we’ve put together our top strollers for 2015 with luxury in mind.

Luxury Strollers Silver Cross for Aston Martin1. The Cadillac of strollers. The Silver Cross was beloved by our own mothers while walking on bustling urban streets and it’s back with a vengeance in partnership with Aston Martin. And kick-ass wheels (of course). Oh, and it includes a 100% cashmere baby blanket.

Luxury Strollers Young Versace2. Young Versace makes a beautiful carseat/bassinete/stroller system for a child from 0-3 years. The medusa logo is embroidered on the bedding, and the handle features a latte holder. Which you will absolutely need.

Luxury Strollers Fendi3. The Fendi Inglesina stroller line features a shock-absorbing pram and also a versatile foldable toddler stroller adorned with the signature ‘Double F’ fabric. There’s a gorgeous baby carrier as well.

Luxury Strollers Bugaboo4. One of the North American preferred brands has been Bugaboo. Easy to shift, sexy to push and with tons of accessories like umbrellas and jogging extensions, this is a well-priced, durable model. Special editions by Diesel, Andy Warhol and Kaviar Gauche are also available.

Luxury Strollers Stokke5. The Stokke line takes ergonimics very seriously, and the strollers are super easy to adjust. We love the design and how they look as if they are hovering on one bar with your tiny one floating!

Luxury Strollers iCandy6. iCandy is another UK brand who stands behid innovation. Soon they will launch a custom line, and even if you don’t want to design your own, the vibrant colours in the existing roster are spectacular. iCandy also offers limited editions.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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A Luxury Nursery by Savio Fermino

baby, FAM, GEAR, style By June 11, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Luxury Nursery Savio FerminoWhat mother doesn’t dream of reading to her baby in a stunningly beautiful space like this luxury nursery by Savio Fermino? The canopy above the crib softens the lines of the room, and classic cream is used both to soothe and promote gender neutrality.

Savio Firmino was established in Florence in 1941 by Mr Firmino Savio. The Company has been operating for 70 years. And lucky us.. there is now a store in the US located in Coral Gables. Petit Tresor is the exclusive dealer and ships worldwide.

Luxury Nursery Savio FerminoWe sourced these images while on a jaunt to Harrod’s in London and the trip certainly rekindled my true love for everything baby!

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Half Moon Resort, Jamaica

International, ROAM By May 27, 2015 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

HalfMoon JamaicaIt’s taken me an awfully long time to write about Half Moon Resort, Jamaica. It’s like part of me wanted to hold it inside because once it’s out there, it’s gone. This property is by far the most wonderful family destination I had ever had the honour to visit. A private dolphin cove, a kids club with villas specializing in certain skills, an equestrian centre and countless pools, I was shocked that I’d been invited to a place where British royalty has stayed.

HalfMoon_Resort_SunsetIn my own ocean-side villa, one memory replays in my head. After long days that one experiences on press trips that garner little sympathy from friends watching on facebook, I dropped my camera, laptop and bags on my doorstep, followed by my clothes. I did have a bikini on, but I would have done the same without. I ran into the warm ocean while the sun nodded into the water and I am not sure I have ever been so relaxed in my life. Going back into my room I smiled at the furniture made on property, covered in rich upholstery and called my kids from the sitting room. The bedroom smelled of jasmine and fresh Blue Mountain coffee that the resort had left as a gift. Could tomorrow be more magical?

Well, yes. Because after a day of touring I was writing by the bar and happened to meet Rohan Marley. Son of Bob. And owner of Marley coffee. We chatted. I was in awe. Spitting image-awe.

Half_Moon_Kids_AreaThe next morning I experienced the spa. Yes, you may hate me. Gentle, skilled esthiticians recognized what I needed and even gifted me a bag of leaves to take home. The leaves were a tea for a foot bath that would drain out the toxins. I bought ergonomic flip flops and wanted never to leave. 

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Meals at the resort were taken in the main restauraunt or on the patio just outside while overlooking the ocean. Breakfast could have simply been the exquisite natural juices from fruits I’d never heard of, but they insisted on bringing more and more food, both traditional and Jamaican-inspired.

One evening we meandered on the property and attended an outdoor dinner that showcased local fare. WOW! I spoke to locals about spices, customs and regional flavours, and couldn’t stop eating. (No bikini photos from this point on).

The Sugar Mill restaurant is the jewel of Half Moon. And if you can manage it at all, try to connect with David Barber over dinner – the General Manager who exudes passion for travel and a true love of Jamaica. The food was subtle yet bursting with taste, and I learned from another travel writer (Laura Manske of Parade) how to properly light dishes for photography using the flashlight of a cellphone.

You must go. You may spot a royal. Or you may just have a life-changing moment in the ocean with the property’s dolphins after meeting one of Bob Marley’s sons.

Disclosure: UrbanMommies was hosted by Half Moon Resort on a media trip to Jamaica. 

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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A Catamaran in Bocas del Toro Panama

International, ROAM By May 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

Bocas del Toro PanamaIt’s one of those things you strive to do as a vacation, and yet so elusive that few manage. Sailing for a week on a catamaran in Bocas del Toro Panama with four cabins, a captain and a first mate was the pinnacle of relaxation. If it sounds like a dream to you, you’re right.

Bastimentos Beach Sea UrchinsWe flew to Panama with only carry-on and grabbed a puddle-jumper operated by Nature Air into Bocas del Toro. The heat was thick and local kids entertained themselves with checkerboards on their laps in puddle-filled playgrounds. The town was more rustic than Ambergris Caye, Belize, but also more economical and diverse in cuisine. The boat is moored in Red Frog Marina on the island of Bastimentos, and many water taxi operators were jumping at the chance to take us for $10 each.

Jade Tradewinds PanamaTradewinds Cruise Club is an all-inclusive vacation ownership sailing fleet with boats across the globe. RCI members can exchange once every four years to experience the yachts or individuals can purchase weeks within Tradewinds Cruise Club. There is a maintenance fee to be paid yearly to maintain the boats as well as an all-inclusive fee per week for the charters.

Tradewinds Cruising Class JadeOur first time using the boat, we were greeted warmly by the crew and the manager and we happily paid our all-inclusive fee which covered food, drink, snorkelling, scuba diving (for Tradewinds members), housekeeping, mooring fees and water sports.

Tradewinds Jade CabinWe boarded Jade, a 42 foot catamaran, and I began to relax. The forward cabins are spacious and each of the four rooms has an ensuite. Our double bed offered storage beneath, and a closet and dresser created ample space for our belongings. Shoes are not needed on the boat, and swimsuits, a sarong and a few light dresses were all that we needed. Clothes can dry on the deck with the clothespins supplied and devices can be charged when the generator is active. Toilet paper cannot be flushed, but water is not an issue like on many boats as Jade is equipped with a water maker that turns seawater to fresh.

Though I had purchased a Panamanian SIM card, my phone didn’t always work on the remote islands. Which marked the first time since starting UrbanMommies in 2006 that I was truly unplugged and ‘forced’ to relax. And it was pure magic.

Panama SpiderPanama Overwater BarDining two nights on shore and swimming to beaches off the boat, land was always close by. I met a monkey friend and savoured the wildlife around me.

Panama SlothHunting for sloths in the mangrove stands was a hoot, and I was very pleased that the scorpion I met happened to be dead. Note: the smaller and darker the scorpion, the more poisonous it is…

Dugout Canoe Lobster PanamaSo I read a book while swinging on the hammock on deck. We slept on the trampoline one night. I held a monkey. I bartered in Spanish with a local fisherman who approached our boat in a dugout canoe with lobsters he’d caught free diving. (We purchased enough for the guests and crew for $3 each and the first mate was happy to cook the tails!) We saw a nurse shark while diving and seahorses and squid snorkeling.

Poison Dart Frog PanamaWe toured Green Acres Organic chocolate farm (whose chocolate was featured on the series Naked Dating, filmed on location) and hiked the jungle rainforest with poison dart frogs at our feet and howler monkeys overhead. I found a stash of sea urchins and coral washed up on a beach and was devastated by the amounts of garbage left on a tiny island by tourists who arrive daily by water taxi to enjoy its beauty. We talked global politics with the others on the boat. Together we represented Argentina, Canada, Mexico and Sweden. Sharing one’s culture and opinions in such a close setting was powerful.

Howler Monkey, PanamaThe end of the week was bittersweet. Three gourmet meals had been prepared for us daily and somehow I adjusted to not doing the dishes. Every afternoon brought a new blender drink while we floated on noodles in the ocean.

ScorpionI’d had a couple of showers, but swimming in seawater multiple times per day allowed me to cross that chore off my list quite frequently. I was more relaxed that I had been in years and I am counting the days until I can get back on a boat – but next time  I hope to share the experience with my boys.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Top Baby Names in Canada 2014

baby, FAM By May 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

Top Baby Names in Canada 2014Every year, we feature the top girls and boys’ baby names across Canada, and this year certainly didn’t disappoint! We use lists put forth by Vital Statistics departments from across Canada’s provinces and territories. Did your baby’s name make the top 100? Or maybe you read our Unique Baby Names article because you didn’t want your little one on this list! Tell us in the comments! Unique or popular?

Presenting… The Top Baby Names in Canada 2014

Top Names for Girls in 2014:

1. Emma 26. Willa 51. Lydia 76. Grace
2. Olivia 27. Camille 52. Evelyn 77. Olive
3. Emily 28. Brooke 53. Hazel 78. Adelaide
4. Lily 29. Emmett 54. Everly 79. Louisa
5. Isabella 30. Ivy 55. Stella 80. Ada
6. Madison 31. Matilda 56. Ruby 81. Maisie
7. Lea 32. Amelia 57. Arabella 82. Rose
8. Abigail 33. Ellie 58. Esme 83. Evangeline
9. Ava 34. Maya 59. Willow 84. Caroline
10. Sophia 35. Gemma 60. Sadie 85. Kinsley
11. Harper 36. Scarlett 61. Luna 86. Lexi
12. Hannah 37. Aurora 62. Charlotte 87. Piper
13. Savannah 38. Avery 63. Seraphina 88. Mackenzie
14. Cora 39. Imogen 64. Violet 89. Clara
15. Elsa 40. Jade 65. Zoe 90. Eloise
16. Madeline 41. Hailey 66. Eleanor 91. Phoebe
17. Jane 42. Aubrey 67. Rosalie 92. Poppy
18. Ainsley 43. Lila 68. Claire 93. Aurelia
19. Genevieve 44. Chloe 69. Mia 94. Harlow
20. Lola 45. Maeve 70. Delilah 95. Eliza
21. Beatrice 46. Nora 71. Emmeline 96. Aria
22. Elizabeth 47. Josephine 72. Quinn 97. Mila
23. Mae 48. Audrey 73. Lucy 98. Iris
24. Peyton 49. Alice 74. Juliet 99. Ella
25. Cordelia 50. Penelope 75. Anabella 100. Zara

Top Names for Boys in 2014:

1. Liam 26. Nathan 51. Callum 76. Nathaniel
2. Ethan 27. Logan 52. Evan 77. Beckett
3. Mason 28. Felix 53. Landon 78. Zane
4. Benjamin 29. Atticus 54. Andrew 79. Oliver
5. Jacob 30. Kieran 55. Charles 80. Eli
6. Hunter 31. Nico 56. Lincoln 81. Micah
7. William 32. Grayson 57. Spencer 82. Emmett
8. Carter 33. Tristan 58. Gabriel 83. Levi
9. Aiden 34. Henry 59. Owen 84. Archer
10. Noah 35. Elijah 60. Ryder 85. Luca
11. Matthew 36. George 61. Bodhi 86. Elliot
12. Alexander 37. Jasper 62. Oscar 87. Charlie
13. Christian 38. Cameron 63. Luke 88. Leo
14. Theo 39. Quinn 64. James 89. Ezra
15. Blake 40. Simon 65. Miles 90. Zachary
16. August 41. Declan 66. Dylan 91. Rowan
17. Knox 42. Sebastian 67. Finn 92. Sawyer
18. Lucas 43. Milo 68. Rhys 93. Everett
19. Emerson 44. Hudson 69. Daniel 94. Avery
20. Caleb 45. Isaac 70. Finley 95. Wyatt
21. Jude 46. Hugo 71. Kai 96. Xavier
22. Harrison 47. Thomas 72. Arthur 97. Jackson
23. Connor 48. Nolan 73. Julian 98. Roman
24. Flynn 49. Jonah 74. Samuel 99. Axel
25. Asher 50. Max 75. Jack 100. Cooper

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Tips for Out on the Town Makeup (with Giveaway!)

Contests By May 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 58 Comments

katy-perryTo get you ready for an evening out on the town, look no further, COVERGIRL and Olay are here to help you achieve that star look so you steal the spotlight.

To help start the night off right, prep with Olay’s newly enhanced Total Effects formula with 40% more vitamins and the highest level of Niacinamide in an over-the-counter Olay skincare product. The enhanced formula makes this anti-aging moisturizer a must-have summer beauty staple. This moisturizer packs more vitamins than the leading prestige moisturizer and will help you get ready for your night out!

Now, onto your eyes! Lash fame… it’s a thing! Get ready to shine the spotlight on your eyes and give your lashes a starring role with NEW COVERGIRL The Super Sizer Mascara. This new mascara will help lengthen and volumize your lashes for that “Oh La La” look! This mascara is perfect for adding that extra pop for that date night or evening out on the town.

This new mascara has a unique Lash Styler that is designed to allow maximum mascara-to-lash contact and can give your lashes 400% bigger, corner-to-corner volume.

Go on, twirl it and get the best false lash look in 3 easy steps:

  1. Place the Lash Styler’s narrow, long core and short bristles right at the base of the lashes.
  2. Pull the Lash Styler through the lashes from root to tip, twirling or rotating it a bit as you go.
  3. Sculpt and style the lashes until you reach supersized, corner to corner volume.

For more drama, pair your wonderful super-sized lashes with Intensify Me! Liquid Liner. Its paddle tip provides two looks – thick and dramatic or thin and elegant and can help you achieve the perfect cat-eye.

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Jill Amery

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My Yellow Baloon

books, GEAR By May 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

My Yellow BaloonThere has been a lot of crappy sadness in the news this week, month and year. It’s no secret that our children are directly or indirectly exposed to and aware of life’s most difficult occurrences, and in their true curious nature, they may have questions.

Whether your child has observed a loss or dealt with one of their own (death, divorce, moving away, deployment, etc.), helping them understand it all can be challenging. Tiffany Papageorge, sought-after speaker and author, addresses this difficult topic with her inspirational new picture book, My Yellow Balloon.

Breathtakingly illustrated by a Dreamworks artist, My Yellow Balloon tells the simple, powerful, and heartfelt story of a young boy who gets a yellow balloon while visiting a fair with his parents. He loves the balloon dearly until it accidentally slips from his hands. Without his yellow balloon, all of the color drains from the boy’s world, until one day when the boy sees the yellow balloon reflected in the sun and knows it will always be with him, even if it’s not in his hands anymore.

Providing comfort and clarity, My Yellow Balloon can help parents begin a difficult conversation with their children. Loss is very real, but doesn’t have to be so scary.

We also have a few pieces on helping kids deal with grief. Hug them tight.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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12 Easy School Lunches the Kids Will Actually Eat

EAT, lunches By May 19, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 21 Comments

12 Easy School LunchesDisclosure: This is a sponsored post for Life Science Nutritionals and we’ve also come up with some amazing easy school lunches!

We’re almost there – the home stretch towards summer. It’s the time of year where once-nutritious school lunches become cold pizza and granola bars seem like a good choice for breakfast as you rush the kids out of the house.

May is a great time to revisit the school lunch menu in order to ensure the munchkins finish their year off on a high note. Kids (2-12 years old) should be getting 2-4 servings of vegetables a day, while teens should get 7-8 servings a day to ensure they are getting adequate nutrients through their diet. Not only do we have 12 easy school lunch ideas for you, but another ‘treat’ you can add to their backpack. Adding a multivitamin to compensate for school lunch fatigue ensures that they get the nutrients they need – even when they ‘run out of time’ to eat.

IronKids Gummies MultivitaminsOur family has been taking IronKids Gummies and Adult Essentials for three months, and we are all noticing a difference in energy. My nails are stronger and hair is growing fast. The gummies are gluten, dairy and nut-fee, and contain no sugar coating, nor artificial flavours or colours. Because they meet strict school allergy requirements, I’ve started sending them in school lunches, so even when the kids don’t finish their lunch, they get a mid-day energy boost.

But let’s try to end the year of a great note by coming up with a few easy school lunches they will actually devour (with the IronKids Gummy on the side to make you confident they’re getting all the nutrition they need!)

Fruit Kebabs1.  Fruit Kebabs With Yoghurt Dip
2. Quinoa Turkey Meatballs in a Thermos
3. Mini egg and green pea muffins
4. Apple, Chicken and Grape Kebabs
5. Grilled Broccoli and Cheese Panini
6. Cream Cheese, Pear and Honey on mini-bagels
7. DIY Beef and Bean Tacos
8. Chicken Drumsticks with Edamame
9. Brown Sugar Apples
10. Sushi
11. Moroccan Chicken Couscous
12.  Savoury Muffins

Like these lunch ideas? You could also win a bottle of IronKids Gummies to try for your family. Just fill out the handy rafflecopter form below. Ends 05/25 Can only, excl. Quebec.

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“Disclosure: I am part of the Life Science Nutritionals blogger program with Influence Central and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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Savoury School Lunch Muffins

EAT, lunches By May 19, 2015 Tags: , , , No Comments

Savoury School Lunch MuffinsThese savoury school lunch muffins can be made in batches and kept in the freezer. You can swap out your child’s favourite cheese and meat.

2 cups flour
3/4 cup grated cheese
1/2 cup finely diced ham or sausage
1 red pepper, de-ribbed and diced
1/4 cup mushrooms, finely chopped
150g butter, melted
1 cup (250ml) milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tbsp parsley, chopped

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a 12 cup muffin tray with cupcake liners.
  2. In a bowl, place the flour, cheese, capsicum, mushrooms and ham.
  3. In a jug, combine the egg, milk and butter.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Pour into liners and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Photo Credit: Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife

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Moroccan Chicken Couscous

EAT, family meals By May 19, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 2 Comments

Moroccan Chicken SaladThis Moroccan Chicken Couscous is perfect for a school lunch. Served hot or cold, my kids adore every bite.

50g pine nuts (leave out if your school has nut allergies)
500g chicken breast or thigh fillet, cut into 2cm dice
1/4 cup flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, sliced
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground mild paprika
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 cup sultanas
1 cup (250mL) chicken stock
1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander or flat-leaf parsley
1 lemon, juiced
2 cups couscous
2 cups water or chicken stock
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
thick natural yoghurt, to serve

  1. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add pine nuts, stirring constantly until just starting to colour. Transfer pine nuts to a plate.
  2. Place seasoned flour in a large bowl, add chicken and toss to coat. Add one tbsp of oil to the frypan, increase heat to high and cook half the chicken until golden. Transfer cooked chicken to a plate. Repeat with another tbsp of oil and remaining chicken.
  3. Heat remaining tbsp of oil in pan. Add onions, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes or until golden and softened. Add cooked chicken to frypan with spices, sultanas and one cup of stock. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for 5-10 minutes until heated through and thickened. Just before serving, stir in pine nuts, coriander and lemon juice.
  4. To prepare couscous, bring 2 cups of stock or water to the boil in a small saucepan, stir in couscous and olive oil and turn off heat. Leave for 5 minutes, then use a fork to separate the couscous grains.
  5. Serve chicken with couscous and yoghurt.

Photo Credit: Irena Macri

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