7 Days of Frugal Family Recipes: Day 3

Saving money for holidays and other fun things can be so hard especially when on mainly one income but I find that if you don’t waste your money on unnecessary purchases and meal plan then it is pretty amazing how much you can save!

I make this meal usually at the end of our week before the shopping gets done and I just tend to use what veges are left over in the fridge so nothing goes to waste.  It is definitely my favourite dish at the moment and is so great for you too 🙂  Some may think it is weird to have roast veges on noodles but it is actually amazing. Of course you could have it with rice, cous cous or quinoa but it isn’t as yummy as noodles! If you have parsnips in season you can make a parsnip gravy to pour over (roasted parsnips blended to a creamy consistency with a bit of vege stock)

Balsamic Roast Tofu and Veges on Rice Noodles (V,GF)


  1. 250g firm tofu
  2. 1 zucchini
  3. 1 small capsicum (bell pepper)
  4. half a small butternut pumpkin (squash)
  5. 1 large onion
  6. 1 carrot
  7. add any other ingredients like broccoli, cauliflower or kale
  8. half a bulb of garlic separated with skins still on
  9. olive oil to coat veges
  10. balsamic vinegar
  11. 1 packet of rice stick noodles
  12. tamari
  13. salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius and chop all the veges and tofu into similar size chunks (about 2cm cubes) and put them all into a large baking tray sprinkle with olive oil (or oil of choice) and salt and also splash over some balsamic vinegar.  Mix all of this through with your hands to coat all of the veges and tofu and put in oven to bake for approximately  30 minutes. While this is in the oven, put on a large pot of water on high and bring to boil for rice noodles and cook but do not over cook or they turn to mush. Pretty much cook them like pasta – you want them to still be a bit firm but not tough.

Drain rice noodles and serve with a dash of tamari over it to soak in the noodles and then pile the roasted veges and tofu on top. Sprinkle with black pepper (if you made parsnip gravy – pour that on).  You can thank me later hahaha … ENJOY!

Peace and Love,



renovating fun!

When we were preparing the nursery for our baby’s arrival we purchased a cheap set of drawers with the view to renovate them.  I had high hopes that it was going to be me doing all the painting and decorating but the bigger I got the more difficult everything was and my talented husband ended up doing a much better job than I would have anyway!  Here is a picture of the drawers when I got them with all the scratches on top and made of horrible black laminate. 

crappy drawers with scratches


We started by sanding it slightly to roughen the laminate and using a brush to put on the primer/semi-gloss white to give it some texture to grip with the laminate.  The primer paint is a great product as it saves you money by not having to purchase two products to complete the project.  It is also has great coverage as you can see from the pic of the first coat.  After the first coat we used a sponge roller for 3 coats (see pic below)

ready for the design to be painted over it

Next we wanted to paint a Totoro design on the drawers.  This is where I had hoped I could do some painting but I was almost due at this stage and so let my husband who is an artist and comic book illustrator to do his stuff. He did a much better job of it than I could ever have!!

Totoro and friends

friends of Totoro

We are so happy with the way it all turned out.  It was a really fun project to do, next we are renovating an old school desk for my niece’s birthday. More to come!!! 🙂