The Lettuce Shop have gifted a delicious sample box of fresh produce for this GIVEAWAY
Convenience Shopping has never looked so Fresh
Why I’m casing the convenience factor and getting more than a bit fresh while looking for help in the kitchen this week, together with our latest Perth GIVEAWAY. It doesn’t get any fresher than this.
Does busy really need to be a dirty word?
I appreciate busy is a dirty word to most people these days but for the most part it’s how I tend to operate. Since commencing my online business diploma with Business Mamas, you could say I’ve taken multi tasking and the art of being busy to the next level but I’m not looking for a badge or a whinge fest, just merely stating how things are for me at the moment.
With so much on, the home front has been feeling the brunt of it and is looking and feeling more chaotic than I normally find acceptable.
To help keep me focused and to maintain a certain level of what I like to call the acceptability factor (especially with the school holidays about to descend on us here in Perth), I’ve been looking for ways to cut corners around the house.
The only thing with cutting corners, they don’t tend to sit well with me and eventually things start to fall apart at the seams. Like takeaway meals when you are time poor and more than a bit disorganised, resulting in a less than ideal diet and blowing our food budget.
Being more organised is a great way forward and a big part of that is looking to use my time more effectively. Grocery shopping in Perth, does my head in. Although even before we moved to Perth, it was never one of my favourite past times.
We tend to shop around the outside these days, starting with the fresh food and moving away from the processed side of things. Only the supermarket’s fresh food, doesn’t seem to be that fresh and this leads to a lot of waste and shopping between shops. It can also turn into a bit of a three way shop trying to find the freshest ingredients while shopping the specials, so I can try to stick to our weekly budget. BUT seriously… who on earth has the time for that crap?!
With hubby heading back out to sea with work for an extended period and my workload going into overdrive with my studies thrown into the mix, it’s time to get my house back into some sort of order, starting in the kitchen.
My top tips to being more organised on the home front when it comes to cooking:
I’m first to admit I’m not a natural when it comes to menu planning. This approach might be a bit time consuming and fiddly while you are finding your menu planning feet but has the potential to save you time and money in the long wrong. If you have any great tips when it comes to menu planning or you’ve written a how to guide… I need to know about it. Pronto.
Embrace your slow cooker
Oh goodness, do I really have to?! I’m not sure why I’m so opposed to this kitchen appliance, I suppose it’s the hit and miss sloppy stews that remind me of a bad camp but I’m determined to make peace with my slow cooker and source family friendly quick and easy recipes that look and taste good. I will be heading over to case some of Amanda’s slow cooker recipes over on her blog Cooker and a Looker.
Quick and Easy Recipes and a well stocked pantry
It goes without saying that having your pantry well stocked and four or five quick and easy go-to recipes up your domestic goddess sleeve is a great back up when time isn’t on your side. I’ll be sharing my family favourite go-to recipes in the coming weeks as part of our From the Case Kitchen series.
I don’t know about you but I find online shopping just as time consuming and frustrating as actual shopping when it comes to the big supermarkets but if you have a regular running list and you don’t stray too far from it, it could be a great way forward. Just expect to spend extra (yes they do charge a little more than in-store) and there is the delivery fee to factor in.
Pick of the Bunch | The Lettuce Shop Home Delivery
I recently turned to The Lettuce Shop, a family run business here in Perth, that sources the freshest of ingredients from a variety of local and Australian suppliers and delivers straight to your door. I like to think of it as convenience shopping with a conscious. Not only am I supporting local business but I’m providing my family with top quality ingredients that don’t come any fresher, which means less waste and your food dollar goes a long way.
There are a couple of ways to approach shopping with The Lettuce Shop. You can pick and choose, exactly what you want, with all orders over $70 including FREE delivery or you can choose from a variety of sampler fruit and vegetable boxes.
To save time and knowing I have a family that loves their fruit and veg, I tend to select a mixed box of fruit and vegetables together with a huge $5 juicing box. I’m finding the quality of the juicing box, for the most part, is similar to the quality you’ve come to expect at your local supermarket and perfect for adding to my juices and green smoothies.
The quality of the normal fruit and vegetables is probably as close to picking it fresh as you will get. We never have to throw out spoiled produce and a sampler box can generally last us up to two weeks, if Miss 14 (our fruit and veggie loving monster) doesn’t inhale it first. I’ve only just started adding some of their meat options to our delivery and we are all really impressed with this side of things as well.
For me, home shopping doesn’t get any better than this. Of course not everything can be sourced from The Lettuce Shop but for our family, who shop around the outside and try to avoid the overly processed and pre-packaged foods, it does cover almost 90% of our regular shop. Meaning when we do hit the supermarket, it’s now a case of a quick in and out for a handful of products like cat food and toilet paper, giving me a better chance of sticking to our list and our budget.
I already feel like I’ve had a WIN for my family with our regular deliveries from The Lettuce Shop and now you can too! Thanks to The Lettuce Shop we have a delicious sample box of fresh produce up for grabs for one of our Perth followers. You will need to head over (here) to check that you are in the delivery zone before entering.
To be in the running all you need to do is leave a comment below letting me know about your favourite go-to recipe or slow cooked meal. The more details, the better.
BONUS PRIZE: The Lettuce Shop have only just started to embrace Instagram, so if you head over and start following them there or you are following their Facebook page, there will be a bonus mystery prize if you are selected as our winner.
Terms and Conditions
One Winner must reside in The Lettuce Shop delivery zone (check here by entering your postcode).
Must not be an existing customer of The Lettuce Shop.
Game of skill.
Entries Close 18/7/15 at 9pm (WST – Perth time)