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Meal Plan Monday: Week #12

Week 12 with some great recipes ahead! Feel free to share with anyone who could use some inspiration! And tell me, what recipes would you like to see more of? What are some of your favourites? Have you tried anything here? Be sure to use #CookingwithMPM when posting photos if you’ve used the recipes here to show off!

Have you checked out some of the great snack ideas on my last post, preparing for a road trip? There are lots of great ideas there, too!

This week, I’m featuring recipes from Easy Peasy Foodie, My Fussy Eater, Kidgredients, Planting Goodness, The Starving Chef, Fork and Beans, Good Food Week, and Family Capers! If you don’t already follow them and their creations, I highly recommend it!

Monday: Easy Pork Stroganoff from Easy Peasy Foodie

Pork Stroganoff; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli from My Fussy Eater

Beef and Broccoli; Photo Credit: My Fussy Eater

Wednesday: Chicken Campagnola with Spinach, Cheese and Tomato Sugo from Kidgredients

Chicken  Campagnola;  Photo Credit: Kidgredients

Thursday: Spring Burgers from Planting Goodness

Spring Burgers; Photo Credit: Planting Goodness

Friday: Thai Red Prawn Curry from My Fussy Easter

Thai Red Prawn Curry;,Photo Credit: My Fussy Eater

Saturday: Spiralized Hot Dogs with Gruyere and Spinach from The Starving Chef

Spiralized Hot Dogs; Photo Credit: The Starving Chef

Sunday: Easy Vegan Creamy Pasta with Kale from Fork and Beans

Easy Creamy Vegan Pasta with Kale; Photo Credit: Fork and Beans

Soup, Salad & Dessert of the Week:

Soup: Fire Engine Soup from Family Capers

Fire Engine Soup; Photo Credit: Family Capers

Salad: Sweet Tea Chicken Summer Salad from The Starving Chef

Sweet Tea Chicken Summer Salad: Photo Credit: The Starving Chef

Dessert: Blood Orange Trifle from Good Food Week

Blood Orange Trifle; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Road Trip (With Kids)! What to Bring Along

Mummy Confession: I don’t mind hours in the car on the road. However, a road trip with kids is a bit more complicated and may prove a bit challenging!

As I mentioned before, we are taking our first family trip to the snow soon! I have compiled another list of things to bring on the road! Not only for the drive, but what to have close at hand, and just in the car, when traveling with kids!

Plus, better still, some great suggestions for games, recipes that travel well, and other advice from fellow-travelers! I’ve included a quick click here, or scroll to see! To check out what to bring to the snow (for kids), check out my post here.


Road Trip Quick Click:

What To Bring in the Car (With Kids)

Easily Accessible

In the Glove Box

In a Bag/Container in the Car

Activities for the Car Trip

Music for the Trip

Recipes That Travel Well

Helpful Road Trip Resources and Tips

Advice from Fellow Travellers

Road Trip! What to Bring in the Car/Specifically for the Drive:

We’re talking a 4+ hour drive with kids in tow. Two of which are toilet trained, so that should be interesting! I want to be sure that on the trip down, we are taking minimal breaks (I mean, as minimal as you can with kids). In order to insure this, I have a list of what we will be taking in the car, strategically placed so as to have necessities accessible while driving. You know how it is when little Munchkin wants that’s toy that’s in the boot? Yeah, we will try to avoid that.

Easily accessible or in the front:

1. Eskie (Cooler) with drinks/snacks– Nothing says “pull over!” Like a thirsty child. Be sure to have plenty water bottles and other beverages for you and the kids as well as some ice packs if desired. We bring a water bottle for each child in addition to drinks, so there is less mess going! Sippy cups are my favourite.

2. Snacks/Food– The road trips in my childhood bring back memories of my beloved Barbeque chips and savouring them as we drove along. Snacks can help pass the time and hold the kids over until the next rest stop. Opt for healthy, or whatever suits your family! There are some great road-worthy recipes for snacks and ideas below courtesy of some amazing Bloggers! (Click here to skip to the recipes)

Little Bellies make some good snacks for babies and toddlers!

3. Activities/Games/Toys– I often pick a few cheap toys the kids haven’t seen yet and hide them for a bit and give them out at random times. Nothing too loud, of course! You do need to be in a car together for hours! If you enjoy playing games in the car or need other suggestions, there are some ideas below (or click here).

4. Toy Organiser/IPad Holder– Unless you wish to hold everything on your lap, it’s probably best to invest in something to store all the bits and pieces from your kids’ toy box. We opted for something to hold a tablet so we can play a movie some of the time, or a couple toys or tissues that are easier to grab. Skip Hop looks like they make good organisers.

Skip Hop Car Backseat Organiser; Photo Credit: Skip Hop

5. Chargers for phones with car adapter &Phones– You don’t want your phone to run out of batteries while you are on the way to your destination. Especially if you use it for a GPS or to stay in touch with other cars on the way there!

6. Any music desired– When “99 bottles of” your chosen beverage are no longer on the wall, or your refuse to entertain the idea of signing that, opt for some alternative tunes. Go “Retro” as the kids call it nowadays and blast some of your old favourites, or if you’re game, let the kids pick the music. See some ideas below (or click to skip there now).

7. GPS or other Directions– We do need to arrive somewhere close to our holiday spot, eh? I think this one is self-explanitory.

Screenshot from Google Maps

8. Access to internet or written down numbers/addresses for hospitals, medical centres, etc (just in case!)– You can never be too prepared! Either have information on your phone, in a notebook, or however your prefer. Google is great for searching, too, if your GPS is questionable (I know mine is…), so be sure whatever you are using is reliable! And when in doubt, follow the signs!

9. Car Pass for Toll Roads or Money for Tolls– If you plan on travelling the way of Tolls. Try to stay away from trolls and bridges though.

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In the Glove Box:

1. Tissues and/or Wipes– Messes happen, and so do boogers. I often have a few travel packs on hand throughout the car. Baby wipes aren’t just for babies!

2. First Aid Kit– So long as you have access to the first aid kit in the car than its location isn’t necessarily needed in the glove box (it’s jut the easiest place to store it.) I will say, make sure you have a vomit bag in there because, well, you never know. If you would like to purchase a first aid kit, Mumma Morrison has a great place to find one with a great cause here (first aid kit proceeds going to families in need to provide first aid training).

3. Spare Change– You never know when shops may not take cards or have minimum EFTPOS limits. Take some cash just in case!


In a Container or Bag in the Car (I call this my Go Bag):

1. 1 Change of clothing for each child, full set with two pairs of understuff

2. Wipes – Always an essential. Even without babies.

3. Nappies (if you have one in them)- I always have three per child who needs them.

4. Plastic bag or wet bag– For dirty or wet clothing, or rubbish you need to bring from the car.

5. Towel, blanket, burp cloth or muslin wrap– For the messes, spills, and comfort of your child. Especially in winter, I always carry a blanket.

6. Nappy rash cream– Sudocreme is always good one to bring, because it is not only a nappy rash cream, but is also good for cuts, grazes, and burns. Be sure to use a cotton bud if you intend to use it on more than your baby.

7. Potty seat (just in case!)– With a couple who are toilet trained, you can never be too certain where the bathrooms are on the road. Or, if you child will decide they need to go as soon as you hit the longest stretch of road without toilets.


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Even More Helpful Resources!

Activities for the Car Trip! 🎲🎲- Ideas for your entertainment during the drive!

Entertain My Tribe– A great website to look for places to stop along the way (parks, family friendly cafes, lolly shops, etc). Make sure to stretch those legs!

Counting Cows: Road Trip Game from Kid Bucket List

Road Trip Games and Activites from Kid Magazine

5 Apps For Toddlers from Kylie Purtell

Music for the Trip! 🎶 🎶- Suggestions and Places to find Music

Little Rockers Radio

Music for Kids from Bokkie Kids

Silver Balloon, songs with your child’s name- Suggestion from Coffee with Katie

Kinderling Radio has a live radio online and an app- Suggestion from Artsplorers

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Snacks for the Car/Recipes That Travel Well! 🍽🍽- Yum! (In no particular order..)
(These ideas are either eskie/cooler friendly or travel friendly)

Simple Bliss Balls from How She Does It

Raspberry and Coconut Energy Bites from My Fussy Eater

Raspberry and Coconut Energy Bites; Photo Credit: My Fussy Eater

Carrot Cake Bliss Balls from Energetic Mama

Carrot Cake Bliss Balls; Photo Credit: Energetic Mama

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes from Kidgredients

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes; Photo Credit: Kidgredients

Banana Almond Butter Mini Muffins from Because Food is Love

Banana Almond Butter Mini Muffins; Photo Credit: Because Food is Love

Peanut Butter and Nutella Muffins from Kid Magazine

Peanut Butter and Nutella Muffins; Photo Credit: Kid Magazine

Healthy Lemon Zucchini Muffins from Because Food is Love

Healthy Lemon Zucchini Muffins; Photo Credit: Because Food is Love

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies from My Fussy Eater

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies; Photo Credit: My Fussy Eater

Carrot Cake Cookies from My Fussy Eater

Carrot Cake Cookies; Photo Credit: My Fussy Eater

Rice Bubble Slice from Play With Food

Rice Bubble Slice; Photo Credit: Play With Food

BLW Oatcakes from Baby-Led Blog

BLW Oatcakes; Photo Credit: Baby-Led Blog

Apple Pikelets from Kid Magazine

Apple Pikelets; Photo Credit: Kid Magazine

Cheesy Mountain Bread Chips from Kid Magazine

Cheesy Mountain Bread Chips; Photo Credit: Kid Magazine

Chocolate Quinoa Granola Bars from My Fussy Eater

Chocolate Quinoa Granola Bars; Photo Credit: My Fussy Eater

My Perfect Granola Bar from More Than Just Carrots

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My Perfect Granola Bars; Photo Credit: More Than Just Carrots

No Bake Vegan Brownies with a Twist from Planting Goodness

No-Bake Vegan Brownies with a Twist; Photo Credit: Planting Goodness

Healthy Travel Snacks For Babies from Love From Mim

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Helpful Road Trip Resources and Tips!😉😉

Ikea Essentials for a Road Trip from The WorldAnd

5 Tips for a Better Family Road Trip from Tell Me Baby

5 Road Trip Essentials: What to Pack in Your Boot from Kid Bucket List

Road Tripping with Kids: A Lesson in Planning from The Togetherish


Advice From Fellow Travellers:

“I love the app “Elmo loves you” for my 2 year old. It doesn’t require data so it’s great in the car and there’s a heap of activities within it. Get the free demo version first to see what your child thinks.

Worried about relinquishing your phone? Put it into airplane mode so your toddler can’t make calls or post your selfies on Facebook!” from Mel- Anyday Adventures

“I use my dehydrator to make snacks for road trips. That way it’s nothing sticky and will keep. My Instagram has pictures of my dehydrator creations” from Carlie Maree @mscarliemaree on Instagram

“Portioned bags of air popped popcorn, ‘scroggin mix’ of nuts and dried fruit, portioned bags of chopped carrot, celery, cheese sticks and rice crackers all make good snacks for the road” from How She Does It

“We need our portable DVD players. They keep everyone quiet for a good hour. You also need scheduled breaks. So find the best parks or kid friendly cafes or towns with lolly shops. Map those out before you go.” from Entertain My Tribe

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Road Trip Quick Click:

What To Bring in the Car (With Kids)

Easily Accessible

In the Glove Box

In a Bag/Container in the Car

Activities for the Car Trip

Music for the Trip

Recipes That Travel Well

Helpful Road Trip Resources and Tips

Advice from Fellow Travellers

Meal Plan Monday: Week #11

Does anyone else feel like this year is rushing by?! It’s already Week #11 of Meal Plan Monday and we have had some truly amazing recipes! I hope you have been enjoying all that is out there, along with the soup, salad, and dessert of the week!

I could always use some inspiration, so please feel free to contact me with the form on my page if you would like to contribute! Use #CookingwithMPM if you do create some of these lovely dishes!

This week we’re featuring My Gluten Free Miami, Fork and Beans, Easy Peasy Foodie, Eats Amazing, Domestically Blissful, and Kidgredients.

if you’ve missed any of the meal plans in the past weeks, check them out here!

Monday: Penne with Spicy Vodka Sauce from My Gluten Free Miami

Penne with Spicy Vodka Sauce; Photo Credit: My Gluten Free Miami

Tuesday: BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes from Fork and Beans

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BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes; Photo Credit: Fork and Beans

Wednesday: Pork Gyoza with Dipping Sauce from Goodie Goodie Lunchbox (scroll a little to recipe)

Pork Gyoza with Dipping Sauce; Photo Credit: Goodie Goodie Lunchbox

Thursday: Bulgogi Style Beef with Noodles and Veggies from Kidgredients

Bulgogi Style Beef with Noodles and Vegetables; Photo Credt: Kidgredients

Friday: Honey Mustard Salmon with Potato Wedges from Eats Amazing

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Honey Mustard Salmon Fillet with Potato Wedges; Photo Credit: Eats Amazing

Saturday: Lamb Rogan Josh from Easy Peasy Foodie

Lamb Rogan Josh; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Sunday: Tuscan Bean Stew from Easy Peasy Foodie

Tuscan Bean Stew; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Soup, Salad & Dessert of the Week:
Soup: Gluten Free Clam Chowder with Bacon from My Gluten Free Miami

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Gluten Free Clam Chowder with Bacon; Photo Credit: My Gluten Free Miami

Salad: Thai Chicken Salad with Honey Drizzled Cashews from Easy Peasy Foodie

Thai Chicken Salad with Honey Drizzled Cashews; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Dessert: Lemon Lavender Scones from Domestically Blissful

Lemon Lavendar Scones; Photo Credit: Domestically Blissful

Meal Plan Monday: Week #10

Wow! Week Ten already? Here’s yet another delicious week ahead with 7 great recipes from all over! Don’t forget we have a Soup, Salad & Dessert of the Week as well (check the bottom of this post)! When you use these recipes, use #CookingwithMPM if you like sharing your creations to social media, and enjoy!

This week a couple of the recipes are great served as prepared for the littlest of your family members! Check out those pages for even more great ideas! We are sharing recipes from The Starving Chef, Good Food Week,  The Happy Weaner, My Gluten Free Miami, and Healing Gracie’s Gut.

We’re always looking for tasty meals, so send us a message if you want to feature one of yours! Have a lovely week!

Monday: Garlic Pineapple Beef Stir Fry from The Starving Chef

Garlic Pineapple Beef Stir Fry; Photo Credit: The Starving Chef

Tuesday: Dukkah Crusted Chicken with Lemon Hommus from Good Food Week

Dukkah Crusted Chicken with Lemon Hommus; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Wednesday: Super Food Curry from The Happy Weaner

Thursday: Eggplant Parmigiana from The Starving Chef

Eggplant Parmigiana; Photo Credit: The Starving Chef

Friday: Cheesy Gluten Free Shrimp and Grits from My Gluten Free Miami

Cheesy Gluten Free Shrimp and Grits; Photo Credit:My Gluten Free Miami

Saturday: One Pan Coq au Vin from The Starving Chef

One Pan Coq au Vin; Photo Credit: The Starving Chef

Sunday: Slow Cooked Bolognese from Healing Gracie’s Gut

Slow Cooked Bolognese; Photo Credit: Healing Gracie’s Gut

Soup, Salad & Dessert of the Week:

Soup of the Week: Ling White Bean and Kale Soup from Good Food Week

Long White Bean and Kale Soup; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Salad of the Week: Lemon Tahini Gluten Free Orzo Salad from My Gluten Free Miami

Lemon Tahini Gluten Free Orzo Salad; Photo Credit: My Gluten Free Miami

Dessert of the Week: Carrot Cake Bliss Balls from Good Food Week

Carrot Cake Bliss Balls; Photo Credit: Good Food Week


Meal Plan Monday: Week #9

Hello everyone! Thank you for checking out the meal plan this week! So far, we have had so many nice recipes! This week we are featuring some yummy recipes from Super Healthy Kids, My Gluten Free Miami, Eats Amazing, Daisies & Pie, Kidgredients, and Bites of Flavor! We are continuing with a Soup, Salad, and Dessert of the Week as well (read all the way to the bottom, yum! Featuring Good Food Week, Kidgredients, and Goodie Goodie Lunch Box!

Feel free to let us know what you are loving and what recipes you want to see more! Use the hashtag #CookingwithMPM to show us how you’re cooking and enjoying the meals!

So, I present to you, the Meal Plan! Be sure to subscribe to get an email when they are posted weekly! Enjoy!

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Easy Weeknight Veggie Gnocchi; Photo Credit: Super Healthy Kids

Monday: Easy Weeknight Veggie Gnocchi from Super Healthy Kids

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Gluten Free Skirt Steak Sandwich; Photo Credit: My Gluten Free Miami

Tuesday: Gluten Free Skirt Steak Sandwich from My Gluten Free Miami

Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken; Photo Credit: Bites of Flavor

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken from Bites of Flavor

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Turkey Bolognese; Photo Credit: Daisies & Pie

Thursday: Turkey Bolognese from Daisies & Pie

Easy Salmon and Rice Parcels; Photo Credit: Eats Amazing

Friday: Easy Salmon and Rice Parcels from Eats Amazing

Cheesy Vegetable Enchilada Casserole; Photo Credit: Bites of Flavor

Saturday: Vegetable Enchilada Casserole from Bites of Flavor

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Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb; Photo Credit: Kidgredients

Sunday: Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb from Kidgredients

Soup, Salad & Dessert
Soup of the Week: Red lentil and tomato soup (scroll to recipe on page) from Goodie Goodie Lunchbox

Red Lentil and Tomato Soup; Photo Credit: Goodie Goodie Luchbox

Salad of the Week: Warm Mediterranean Salad from Good Food Week

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Warm Mediterranean Salad; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Dessert of the week: Chocolate Avocado Mousse from Kidgredients

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Avocado Chocolate Mousse; Photo Credit: Kidgredients


In case you’ve missed any weeks of the meal plan (or just want other recipes) be sure to check them out here!