I’m expanding my business

Dear family, friends, newsletter subscribers, Facebook friends and acquaintances and most especially, followers.

Some exciting news…. I now only work part time and am focusing on building my side business into a full time business.

For those who have been following me, you will know that 2 years ago I started a meal planning business called Kashering Your Life. I help people plan their meals according to their dietary requirements and draw up their shopping lists. This helps reduce,not only the grocery budget, but also the amount of food being wasted in households.  My grocery spend is down 20% from 3 years ago when I started meal planning for myself and we waste a lot less food. While I cannot guarantee a savings of 20% I can guarantee that you will save money.

 

I have been on Chai FM radio with Alan Bender and The Yad Aharon show, as well as being interviewed for an article in People magazine South Africa.   I have written guest articles for blogs such as anniemation.co.za. and beingme.co.za. I am a volunteer ambassador for the Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, which aims to fight obesity and food wastage worldwide.

My advice on saving money in SA People Magazine in Sept 2015

I plan to hold workshops every 4 months on meal and menu planning including how to successfully use online grocery shopping. I have been working on my first new paid workshop which will be hosted as a private Facebook group and will run over 12 weeks.  This will include a free 20 minute Skype session before and after the course, as well as live and recorded tutorials, workbooks and resource tools to help you.

12 week FB workshop coming soon!

18 months ago I started “We’re getting Sorted” a Facebook group to help me get my home more organised.  This group is over 460 people strong, all with the aim to take control of their homes. I am now incorporating it into my business.  I do not come into people’s homes and re organise or declutter; what I am doing is giving support for you to do it yourself, while holding myself accountable, by working on my home alongside the members of the group. As this group grows, I hope to invite experts in decluttering to give us advice and help, as well as hold competitions.

For 45 years being a nurse was my passion.  I was 5 when I decided on my career path. Now my passion is helping people who would like to take control of their health and that of their family through meal planning.

With our rand in junk status, now more than ever, we need to find ways to make our money stretch. I am looking to help as many people as possible. If you are interested in working with me, or know of someone who could benefit from either a course or one on one sessions with me, please feel free to forward them my contact details.

You can find me all over social media. Twitter: @adibog; Instagram: kasheringyourlife, my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/kasheringyourlife/ or drop me an email at adrienne@kasheringyourlife.co.za.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Sincerely

Adrienne Bogatie

3 things you must know about meal planning

Planning your meals, saves you time, money and improves your nutrition.

So how do you do it? I often hear people say that they don’t know where to begin, that they can’t do a whole month or what happens if I don’t feel like eating what is supposed to be on the plan for a particular night?

Here are 3 very important things to remember when you decide to meal plan.

  1. It is not written in stone!

    You can change your plan on the night, especially if you have the ingredients needed for the alternate meal. If you have decided to get takeaways or go out, that’s also fine, you can always move that meal to another day.

    Menu plans are not written in stone
    Menu plans are not written in stone
  2. Do what works for you!

    Planning for a week or a month is an individual choice. I prefer to plan for the month, but it doesn’t work for everyone. We are all different and our families have different dynamics. Meal planning is meant to make life easier not more difficult. If you need flexibility then plan by the week. My meal planning goes further than just dinner. For myself and my I-Plan clients, I plan the menu’s to include breakfast, school and work lunch, after school lunch and dinner, this works especially well for people with health issues or who are trying to lose weight. You can choose either to download Weekly menu planner and shopping list  or Monthly Menu Planner and Shopping List or make an appointment for the I-Plan option http://wshe.es/jtXzfoov

  3. Begin with a basic template.

    I have often shared my template, which is actually just a type of ideas template.

Monday – no meat, so this is usually a fish night or pasta.

Tuesday – this is for me the day I try to experiment, I have chosen to use different countries as inspiration, so each week I have a different meal inspired by the country of the week. I love to cook so for me this is great, my kids also then learn to try different foods (I am blessed with kids who eat almost anything).

Wednesday – fridge to table in less than 30 minutes, this is because on a Wednesday night I have a class at 7:30 and often only get home from work at 5:30.

Thursday is Mince night, there is so much that can be done with mince, cottage pie, mince pie, taco’s, sloppy Joe’s, meatballs, bolognaise, ragout etc.

Friday for us is Sabbath so it is a fairly elaborate meal and we usually have a soup starter, a roast or chicken as the main course and dessert.

Saturday night- is a casual night with leftovers from Friday night or even just toast.

Sunday is also a light supper as we have a big lunch at my mother most Sunday’s, my kids get to cook Sunday supper, so it is almost always eggs in some form.

 

When choosing a template, remember to take into account your lifestyle and the activities that your family have on.

 

Sign up and get a meal plan for dinner for the week. http://eepurl.com/cczMc1

Meal and Menu Planning Made Easy 2

Just in time for Pesach! I am hosting another 3 hour workshop, to help you learn to make meal and menu planning of your weekly and monthly menus easier. Join us in this interactive and fun workshop. You will be amazed how your life can change.

A sample of my monthly menu
A sample of my monthly menu meal planning

Tools, tips and tricks on how to create a workable family meal planner and including menu ideas and how they can save your sanity and your money!
Includes tips on planning for diets, fussy eaters and medical conditions such as diabetes.

Meal and menu planning will definitely help make your life easier!  In the year I have been following my own advice, my grocery bill dropped by 10%, my food wastage is almost nothing, and hubby has lost 7 kg and I have lost 5 kg without even trying! You can too.

Included as part of the package, is a magnetic board, along with that is the monthly  and weekly menu planner and a comprehensive grocery list, all reusable and laminated. There are also items that are only available to attendees.
Seating is limited, and booking is essential.

4 April 2016
Cost is R 350.00 per person
Tea will be served
19:00-22:00
Venue: Elphin Lodge clubhouse, 222 Modderfontein Road, Rietfontein

Looking forward to sharing  with everyone. Booking form below.

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Meal planning and Menu ideas Workshop

I am hosting a 3 hour workshop, to help you learn to make planning your weekly and monthly menus easier. Join us in this interactive and fun workshop. You will be amazed how your life can change.

Meal Plan
A sample of one of my meal planners

Tools, tips and tricks on how to create a workable family meal planner and including menu ideas and how they can save your sanity and your money!
Includes tips on planning for diets, fussy eaters and medical conditions such as diabetes.

This workshop will definitely help make your life easier!  In the year I have been following my own advice, my grocery bill dropped by 10%, my food wastage is almost nothing, and hubby has lost 7 kg and I have lost 5 kg without even trying! You can too.

Included as part of the package, is a magnetic board, similar to the one found in the picture below, along with that is the monthly menu planner and a comprehensive grocery list, all reusable and laminated.
Seating is limited, and booking is essential.
Cost is R 350.00 per person
Tea will be served
19:00-22:00
Venue: Elphin Lodge clubhouse, 222 Modderfontein Road, Rietfontein

Planner on my fridge
Menu planning on a magnetic board and stuck on the fridge, so everyone knows what’s for dinner

Looking forward to sharing  with everyone. Booking form below.

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Everybody does it!

I know I do it and my mother does it! In fact, I think most people do it when they are planning big events like birthday parties, year end functions, just about any event where you will have 10 or more people in attendance. Restaurants do it or they go out of business!

even restaurants do it!
even restaurants do it!

I am so excited. This Sunday is the first Menu Planning Workshop! Everything is coming together nicely. The venue is a little larger than I remembered it but still, it’s going to be a great morning.

workshop

Search through the internet and you find that just about every diet known, gives you a ‘quick start’ meal plan or a ‘7 day’ meal plan. If you are a calorie counter, you need to plan your calorie intake for the day. If you are on weigh less or weight watchers, you need to plan your exchanges.

All diets use meal planning
All diets use meal planning

In Sunday’s workshop I will be sharing with everyone how easy it is to do this.

When I started planning this workshop, I asked this question on a few Facebook groups. Why do people not meal or menu plan and the number one response was that it was difficult to meal plan if you have fussy eaters. While I can’t tell you how to cure fussy eaters, I do have some great tips that will work well in reducing this problem.

Menu planning has made a difference to my budget and to my waistline. My kids are often excited when they see something listed on the weekly menu and they look forward to that night.

I recently wrote that I had not done a big shop in 6 weeks. It is now 7 weeks and I have only been able to do this because of menu planning.

6 weeks since my last shop
7 weeks since my last shop

Menu plan must also be flexible and I will be sharing ideas on how to make this work for you as well as being able to incorporate specials that come up, either at the vegetable stores, or from your butcher.

Bulk specials
Bulk specials

If you are the kind of person who would like to cook in bulk and freeze, then menu planning is going to be your new best friend.

If you love cooking, menu planning is a great way to incorporate learning new recipes and introducing them to your family.

For working moms, menu planning is the best way to plan your time and decide on slow cooker recipes so that dinner is ready when you get home. Or, if you prefer, plan something that will only take a few minutes to put together.

Menu plans are great for Stay at home or working moms
Menu plans are great for Stay at home or working moms

For stay at home moms, menu planning will help you get ready for dinner because you will be able to use your in- between times to do some food prep. When it is time for dinner you can throw this fantastic meal together in minutes (no one needs to know it took the whole day)!

I have always liked the idea of meal and menu planning but 6 months ago it became a passion for me and one I can’t wait to share with everyone!

Looking forward to Sunday morning and I have some great tools that are part of the workshop.

The workshop will be held in the Club House at Elphin Lodge, 222 Modderfontein Road, Lyndhurst. (opposite the National Health Laboratories)

Menu Planning Workshop

On the evening of the 2 November 2105

I am hosting a 2 hour workshop, to help you learn to plan your weekly and monthly menus.
Includes tips on planning for diets, fussy eaters and medical conditions such as diabetes.
Seating is limited, and booking is essential.
Cost is R 350.00 per person
Tea will be served
19:30-21:30
To book: email: admin@kasheringyourlife.co.za

Venue: Elphin Lodge clubhouse, 222 Modderfontein Road, Modderfontein.

Looking forward to sharing my experiences with everyone.

How long has it been for you?

Hello, my name is Adrienne, and it has been 6 weeks since my last big grocery shop.

6 weeks since my last shop
6 weeks since my last shop

Three months ago I seriously over spent my budget, see http://kasheringyourlife.co.za/index.php/2015/07/26/things-i-learned-while-shopping , since then I have had to shop for all the Jewish Holidays. This month we are back routine, however, my encounter with a physical store has damaged the budget a little.

With all the over cooking for the Jewish holidays, I have been able to get away with a lot of leftovers. Then I took my own advice and went shopping in my pantry cupboard. I managed to draw up a full month’s worth of meal plans, with only minimum shopping required. http://kasheringyourlife.co.za/index.php/2015/06/30/i-own-my-kitchen

Left overs from the Jewish holidays, means no cooking!
Left overs from the Jewish holidays, means no cooking!

The only food items I have had to buy, so far, are salad ingredients, fresh mushrooms, bread and milk.

Fresh produce and milk shopping only
Fresh produce and milk shopping only

I am hoping that it will stay that way till the end of the month.

One thing I have learned about menu planning is that you need to be flexible. Some days you just don’t feel like cooking what’s on the menu, or not cooking at all!

Mom's day off
Mom’s day off

Sometimes one or more of the family members are out. If you are like me, where I have asked each member of the family for meal suggestions, what’s on the menu may be the favourite food of the person who isn’t there!

Menu planning isn’t only about knowing what to make for dinner tonight. There are plenty of websites for that. Menu planning is about being able to serve food, no matter how far from pay day you are.

If you do weekly planning, remember to watch for specials and plan your meals around what is available.

Bulk specials
Bulk specials

Don’t go shopping just because there is a special on. You may not be able to use up 1kg of butternut, 1kg of onions, 1 kg of potatoes and 1kg of carrots in a month, never mind the week. Buying these type of special is actually going to cost you more, because the vegetables will go off before you use them up. Either team up with a friend, or invest in a larger freezer and slice and dice and freeze for later use.

EVENT:

I am running a meal planning workshop on the 25th October, 2015.

From 9:30-11:30 at Elphin Lodge, Modderfontein Road,

R 350 per person.

RSVP: admin@kasheringyourlife.co.za

The workshop will include planning for diets (diabetic, paleo, banting, and calorie counting), planning for fussy eaters and so much more.

Limited spaces left!