How chuffed was I to hear about another creative Lindenite? Ankie Niesing is the owner of Wooden spoon kitchen and true creative at that. She is a total foodie, cooking school owner, food stylist and full time feeder of her little family. Although she does not follow any specific diet, she is on a journey to eating cleaner and greener.

Wooden spoon kitchen started about three years ago after she spent 10 years in London teaching Food Technology. She wanted to start a cooking school inspiring people to start cooking beautiful, healthy food. Her first class were for six small children in a friends’ kitchen. But she now offers baking parties, cooking classes for domestic workers, adults and children. She recently had a weekly meal planner designed, complete with a perforated weekly shopping list on the side. Ankie agreed to give one of these planners (worth R150) away to one lucky lovilee and shares a yummy Mango & Chia pudding recipe below. This planner ties in perfectly with our getting organised theme this month.

I am really passionate about healthy eating for the whole family and love to help people live healthier more beautiful lives.

About the #wskmealplanner
I have been on a clean eating journey for about a year now and realised the biggest obstacle for not sticking to a healthy lifestyle was planning. Not having healthy snacks at hand when you are hungry or not having a stocked freezer and pantry. I always scribbled my meals for the week on my shopping list and by the time I got home my shopping list disappeared probably in the frantic moments of standing at the cashier with my two kids screaming in the trolley and trying to remember my pin (you know those moments…) One evening in bed I came up with the idea for the meal planners. It has helped me a great deal to be more organised and mindful.

The stunning 30 page #wskmealplanner (enough for 6 months) comes with magnets on back for easy viewing on fridge as well as one sample menu filled in, as a guide to help you use it. The planners are beautifully packaged to make it a handy and functional gift.

Her website and blog will be launching at the end of this month where she plans to share more recipes and meal plans to inspire! Until then, the planners can be ordered at R150 each excl courier from Ankie directly on info@thewoodenspoonkitchen.com or they are available from the shop.lovilee.co.za.

Wooden Spoon Kitchen Meal Planner

Give-away

What you have to do to enter?

  1. ‘Like’ Wooden Spoon Kitchen on Facebook.
  2. Leave us with a comment below of why you’d like to win one of these lovilee planners.
  3. You will receive an extra entry into the draw by tweeting the tweet below

Terms & Conditions of the give-away

  • The competition closes at midnight on Friday, 27 January 2017, South African time.
  • The winner will be announced on this article on or before Monday, 30 January 2017. The winner will also be informed via email.
  • The prize{s} are not transferable for cash.
  • Directors, members, partners, employees, consultants, promoters directly or indirectly involved may
    not win the prize.
  • Suppliers of the goods may not win the prize.
  • Open to South African residents only with a valid SA Postal address or physical RSA address.
  • The winner{s} will be chosen at random, using random.org


Mango & Chia pudding recipe

Serves 2

I just love this time of year in our beautiful sunny country and January reminds me of juicy sweet mangos. They are a bit of a mess to prepare but the taste makes it all worth it. If you are not familiar with chia seeds, they have a huge nutritional profile. They contain calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats. Try swapping sugary, starchy breakfasts with this delicious Mango and chia seed pudding. It is so delicious you can even have it for pudding.

Mango & Chia pudding recipe
Mango & Chia pudding recipe

Ingredients

  • 6tbs chia seeds
  • 1.5 cups coconut milk /almond milk/ milk or a combination of milks
  • Vanilla extract
  • 1 Mango, halve chopped and other halve pureed
  • 1 thumb size grated ginger
  • Lemon zest of half a lemon
  • Fresh berries
  • Toasted coconut flakes

Method

  1. Mix chia seeds and choice of milk in a mixing bowl and leave in the fridge overnight or for at least 1 hour. The chia seeds will absorb the liquid and will swell and thicken the pudding.
  2. Stir occasionally to make sure all the seeds are covered in liquid.
  3. If the pudding is too thick add more liquid and stir.
  4. Add grated ginger, vanilla and lemon zest and stir through before serving.

To serve
Place the chia seeds in bowls and top with pureed and chopped mango and a generous amount of toasted coconut shavings and fresh berries.

Tip: How to toast coconut shavings.
Place the shavings in a warm dry pan. Stir until the coconut turns a light brown colour. It gives a great crunch and texture to porridge, curries and salads.

Images: Marsel Roothman Photography

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Author

Karen Kelly is the founder and editor of lovilee.co.za. KaRi is also owner and creative director of weddinghangers.co.za. Learn more about her here and connect with her on social media on the links below.

34 Comments

  1. Roxanne Lee

    Eating healthy and getting fit are massive goals for me for 2017 (my word for the year is ‘COMMITMENT’). I am a big time meal planner and this beautifully designed template kicks my little Excel document’s butt (but hey, we all have to start somewhere).

  2. Jen Dupen

    I would LOVE to win one of these – 2017 is the year of getting into the kitchen and learning how to cook and make recipes that my husband would actually eat….what better way for us to do that by planning the weeks meals and getting all the ingredients on Monday!!

  3. Samantha Black

    I absolutely love a healthy lifestyle and this would be perfect to add to it! Planning is so important!

  4. Kelly Warriner

    My fiance and I just recently got engaged and are getting married in September this year!<3 So naturally, we are on a mission to get ourselves in tip top shape for our wedding and this amazing meal planner is just what we need to make sure we follow a healthy and balanced meal plan and not give in to the tasty snacks we all love to indulge in! Please help us reach our goal so we can kick start this year organized and Wooden Spoon Kitchen style!

    • Kari

      Congratulations on your engagement! Love the idea that you shared with us!

  5. Douglas Romanes

    With a hectic schedule and very little time to eat a planner would be the best thing to ensure that i keep to a schedule and eat correctly!

  6. Bianca Balutto

    I spent the holidays working out and trying to eat healthy this prize could really help me with my fitness and health goals for the year.

  7. Laura Knipp

    I’ve just started with trying to eat more healthy and struggle after lunch before supper with a healthy snack. Having a meal planner with a weekly shopping list will give me the help I need to stay on the right track! #healthyeating #stayingontrack #healthysnacks #winwithlovilee

    • Kari

      Congratulations! You are the winner of the #WSKmealplanner! Please check your inbox.

  8. I live a very healthy lifestyle but I have a terrible memory 🙁 It would be great going into the shop with this perfect planner with a get in get out attitude to allow me more time in the kitchen to cook up a storm! Fingers crossed and good luck everyone 🙂

  9. I really struggle with ideas of what to make for my family & I, whether it be breakfast, lunch or supper. I seem to make the same things over and over again, and everyone’s getting tired of the menu 🙁 This meal planner would be awesome not only for the inspiration and ideas but also help us start eating healthier!!

  10. Claire Kelly

    Would LOVE this meal planner!! It’s genius!! Trying very hard to be healthier this year, and plan and prepare for meals. I’m usually so bad, so this would be a massive help 🙂

  11. Rushdia omar

    When I try and plan meals for the week, I end up having a good couple of papers all over. And my shopping list left on the table. Having a better planning system will help so much. And I won’t give up by Wednesday every week lol. And it’s much prettier than random junk mail envelopes that I’m currently using!

  12. Suné de bruyn

    Would be awesome to have this beautiful, handy meal planner to help me plan my meals. It’s always such a mission to keep track of what groceries and ingredients to buy & this will certainly be great!! 💗💗 #Plan2017meals

  13. Before having our little boy (about 3,5 years) ago, we ate really well. I was the queen of meal planner & clean meals. But I am embarrassed to admit that I have completely lost the plot when it comes to planned, healthy meals. So please help me kickstart an old habit again by making me the winner of this wonderful prize. 🙂

  14. Alison Johannisen

    My husband and I are planning on losing weight this year and the planner will allow us to adjust our eating plan and lead a healthier lifestyle

  15. Rehana Seedat

    #wskmealplanner – meal planner will help me plan my meals

  16. Tiana Power

    My Fiance has been on my case for ages to draw up a meal planner for us, this would be an amazing wedding gift to him he will be super stoked:-)

  17. Nicola Meyer

    I am wanting to lose more weight this year and a planner would help

  18. Sonja Strauss

    Well, I am a hopelessly, enthusiastic cook, but yes, routine (learned-this-at-home-and-it’s-easy-I-am-not-changing-it) will have to change this new year! The #wskmealplaner will definitely be beneficial to our commitment to a healthier 2017!

  19. Megan Hartwig

    Would really love to win this planner because it will make my life a lot easier and simple….basically prepping made easy! Shared this giveaway on Twitter too (@flutterbymegs). Holding thumbs.

  20. oh my gosh yum – that mango chia recipe looks amazing – going to try this weekend!
    We’re on a health kick (as is usual in a new year!) so a meal planner like this would be awesome 🙂
    I can never remember what to buy, let alone plan to eat each week!

  21. I am the most haphazard person when it comes to organizing food for myself. A planner would be a godsend in getting me to stick to my budget and eat healthy!

  22. Nicole Naicker

    Would love to win as I am creative, passionate and love cooking and trying out new recipes.Trying my best to lose weight and the day planner would be a perfect platform for me.Hoping to win

  23. Tracy Benjamin

    I’d love to win one of these planners to help achieve my goal for 2017 🙂

  24. Trying to add a little order to my chaos seems to be my much needed these days. A meal planner would be so handy

  25. Candice Boshoff

    I would absolutely love to win the #wskmealplanner as I have been struggling with my weight for years. I believe my lack of planning always makes me turn to food that is easy and convenient such as take outs. The #wskmealplanner will enable me to stick to a healthy eating plan by giving me the tools to plan ahead and be prepared. Holding thumbs.

  26. I would love to win this as I have been doing meal planning for 2 weeks now. Trying to keep it up but using pieces of paper on the fridge just gets lost. Hoping in a month to have a good system of copy & paste so this looks perfect!

  27. Julie Jones

    I’d really love to win this! My husband and I often talk about planning meals properly in advance (for budget and health reasons), but it somehow just doesn’t seem to ever happen… Having such a pretty meal planner would make it easy, though, I’m sure!

  28. It’s beautiful and will be a great help with my very busy job and assist with the healthy eating new year’s resolution 🙂

  29. Corlia Booysen

    It’s my new-found hobby to plan and prepare delicious meals for my new hubby – he gets excited whenever he sees my scribbled meal plan on the fridge for the week ahead. Just imagine his face with a full planner!

  30. I have gained so much weight over the last two years and at times when things get extremely busy and I am too tired to think, I lose motivation…and then I fall of the wagon, AGAIN! I have set new goals for this year and so far so good, this meal planner will be the ‘no excuse motivator’ to continue on the straight and narrow.

  31. Erika Engelbrecht

    Fail to plan….plan to fail. With the help of this planner success is just one plan away!