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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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.

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34 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. Erika Engelbrecht

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