Back to School Lunch Box Tips



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1. Balance is the Key


Ensure that each lunch box contains elements from all the major food groups: proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and dairy. This balance ensures that your child gets all the necessary nutrients for their growth and development.

WHAT I EAT IN A DAY - TO SATISFY MY CRAVINGS THAT TIME OF THE MONTH


In this video, I'll be sharing my daily meal plan designed to combat those pesky period cramps, promote hormonal balance, and indulge those irresistible cravings in a healthy way. Ladies, we all know how uncomfortable those monthly cramps can be, but with the right nutrition, we can ease the pain. Join me on this journey as I whip up delicious and nutritious dishes that not only alleviate menstrual discomfort but also contribute to overall well-being. From hormone-balancing ingredients to satisfying treats, I've got your cravings covered. So, if you're looking for ways to make your period more bearable and embrace a balanced diet, this video is a must-watch! Don't forget to hit that like button, subscribe, and share the love with your fellow period warriors. Let's conquer those cramps together! šŸ’ŖšŸŒø

2 THINGS I DO FOR MY FAMILY TO MAKE MEAL TIME FANTASTIC!

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Use a Meal Planner/App/Tool: Meal planning apps/ planners and tools can simplify the process by organizing recipes, generating shopping lists, and providing meal suggestions. These planners can suggest meal plans and sometimes shopping lists based on your preferences. Utilizing a meal planner or tool can streamline your planning process and make it more efficient. Download this Meal Planner HERE aka Nigerian Food Time Table

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST BEEF JOLLOF RICE OF YOUR LIFE!


The title is dramatic I know, but really! This Jollof Rice is the stuff I like to keep in my Cookbooks - extremely yummy recipes only for my inner caucus :) I'm sharing it to celebrate World Jollof Day 2023 - you didn't know it was a thing? It is! Let's dig in!

MAKE YOUR MEALS LAST LONGER IN THE FRIDGE!

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f you meal prep then you know that proper food storage in the refrigerator is essential to maintain freshness, prevent spoilage, and ensure food safety. Here are some valuable tips to help you optimize your fridge storage:

Introducing Spices to Your Baby's Diet - A Flavorful Journey for Your Baby

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s your baby reaches the age to explore solid foods, introducing mild spices can add delightful flavors to their meals while fostering a love for diverse cuisines. Here are some essential tips for safely incorporating spices into your baby's diet:

HOW TO MAINTAIN THE CRISPNESS OF COLESLAW


When it comes to preparing coleslaw, one common challenge is keeping the cabbage crisp and avoiding a watery texture. Fortunately, there's a simple yet effective technique to achieve that desired crunch—salting the cabbage. This method, known as osmosis, involves drawing out excess moisture from the cabbage before dressing the slaw.

3 RECIPES YOU SHOULD MAKE FOR YOUR KIDS FROM THE LITTLE BIG BITE COOKBOOK!



Little big bite children's cookbook Yemisi Odusanya

Hopefully it is no news that we have a Nigeriancentric Children's Cookbook! If you have not downloaded it, you need to  get a copy of it now because the people who have it are having a great time trying the recipes and I want to share some of their favourites.

HOW TO ELEVATE YOUR PUFF PUFF - VIRAL PUFF PUFF RECIPE

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There's a viral puff puff recipe going global- we know how much loved puff puff is, but if you want to elevate it, make it fancy then you need to try this puff puff recipe . You only need a few extra ingredients. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more awesome Nigerian Recipes

3 MEAL PLANNING STRATEGIES THAT SAVED MY LIFE!

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always talk about Meal Planning and I'm never far from my Nigerian Food Time table because it literally saved my life! I was so stressed out before I started meal planning and using a Food Time Table, but when I started, there was no turning back. What is Meal Planning? Meal planning is an excellent way to organize your meals, save time, and maintain a balanced diet. Simples. Click HERE to download the Meal Planner we use. Here are three effective strategies I use for meal planning:

NIGERIAN MEAL PREP TIPS AND FOOD TIME TABLE

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Thinking about what to eat every day can be tasking, so these are my go-to tips for Nigerian Meal Planning; you can download my extensive food time table HERE - you will get meal ideas and Inspo that will last you for months!

INTRODUCING THE ULTIMATE NIGERIAN MEAL PLANNING GUIDE - THERE IS FOOD AT HOME!




I was introduced to Meal Planning many years ago by my mother. She had a sheet of paper, taped to the wall with lines drawn across it vertically and horizontally. It had MON TUE WED THUR FRI SAT SUN at the top and list of meals we would be having for Lunch, Breakfast and Dinner for a week. She called it a Food Time Table.

NIGERIAN FOOD TIMETABLE FOR STUDENTS




I got a tweet a few weeks back requesting for a food timetable for students and I had to oblige! It’s free and I hope it is a useful resource for students (please share). For non-students you can download my extensive food time table HERE - you will get meal ideas and Inspo that will last you for months! Here's a sample Nigerian food timetable for students:

HOW TO STORE BLUE BERRIES


When it comes to berries, we often find ourselves facing a dilemma: how do we keep them fresh for longer? 

TIPS FOR CREATING THE BEST NIGERIAN FOOD TIMETABLE

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reating a Nigerian food timetable involves planning and organizing meals for specific days or periods. Here are 3 important steps to help you create a winning Nigerian food timetable:

30+ NIGERIAN SOUPS, STEWS AND SAUCES YOU SHOULD LEARN HOW TO MAKE

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Nigeria is blessed as a nation made up of many tribes, these tribes have diverse cultures and consequently food that is native to every single culture and region. It is such an interesting blend of cuisines and as a lover of delicious food and especially what we term “swallow”, I quickly learned what soups I could make to enjoy myself to the maximum. I learnt from far and wide, from mothers and market traders to friends; conversations about Nigerian Cuisine made my belly happy. 

NIGERIAN COOKING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS - SISI YEMMIE


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If you're a beginner in Nigerian cooking, here are some tips to help you get started:

Start with Simple Recipes: Begin with easy and straightforward Nigerian recipes that have fewer ingredients and simpler cooking techniques. This will help you build your confidence in the kitchen and familiarize yourself with the flavors of Nigerian cuisine. Some easy recipes are ; Ojojo, Akara, White Rice and Beans, Okra Soup, Eba, Boiled Yam, Fried Plantain.

9 POPULAR NIGERIAN FOODS EVERYONE SHOULD TRY

Nigerian Jollof rice

Nigerian cuisine is a vibrant tapestry of flavors, colors, and aromas that reflects the country's rich cultural heritage and diverse culinary traditions. Known for its bold and robust flavors, Nigerian food encompasses a wide range of dishes and ingredients. 

From the iconic Jollof Rice, with its tantalizing blend of spices, tomatoes, and rice, to the hearty Egusi Soup made with melon seeds and vegetables, Nigerian food offers a delightful journey for the taste buds. 

WIN N20,000 & MORE GOODIES WHEN YOU DO THE #KerryGoldMilkMoustache CHALLENGE!

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Milk is such an important part of our diet especially for growing children and we have fallen in love with KerryGold Advantage Milk - and excited to share with you that there's a giveaway! We had so much fun filming this, who had the best moustache? I want you to recreate yours for a chance to win!

WHY YOUR FOOD IS OVER-SALTED!


There are several common reasons why your food can end up being over-salted. Understanding these factors can help you avoid this issue and achieve perfectly seasoned food. Here are a few reasons why food can become over-salted:

COOK A SPECIAL DISH WITH ME FOR AFRICA DAY 2023!


Happy Africa Day! šŸŒ Today, we celebrate the rich heritage, vibrant cultures, and remarkable diversity of our beautiful continent. Let's unite, embrace our shared values, and work together towards a brighter future for Africa. To celebrate Africa Day, I'm sharing one of my favourite Recipes - Ojojo! I hope you try this recipe and love it! Where are you watching me from?

10 FOOD RELATED BUSINESS IDEAS FOR NIGERIANS



The food industry in Nigeria is thriving, with a diverse culinary landscape and a population that appreciates good food. For aspiring entrepreneurs, this presents a wealth of opportunities to tap into the food-related business sector. Whether you have a passion for cooking, a knack for entrepreneurship, or a desire to explore the vast potential of the Nigerian food market, starting a food-related business can be an exciting and rewarding venture.

HILDA BACI COOK-A-THON : MY EXPERIENCE!


If you've not heard of Hilda back, you're probably living under a rock! Nigerian chef, Hilda Effiong Bassey, popularly known as Hilda Baci, has broken the Guinness World Record for the “longest cooking marathon by an individual” and this was my experience .

STILL STRUGGLING TO SAVE MONEY ON GROCERIES??? THIS IS THE SOLUTION


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wrote previously on tips for saving money on groceries, have you seen those tips? You should check them out HERE. If you are still struggling, lets try the following: strait by using a meal plan aka food time table, I use one , get it HERE (you're welcome)

NIGERIAN SOUPS, STEWS & SAUCES COOKBOOK: HOW TO COOK NIGERIAN SOUPS

Are you tired of making the same old soups day after day? Do you want to add some new and exciting flavors to your cooking repertoire? Then we have just the thing for you! Introducing the Nigerian Soups, Stews, and Sauces Cookbook, it will take your taste buds on a journey to Nigeria.

HOW TO COOK UZIZA SOUP



Uziza soup is a delicious and aromatic Nigerian Soup that is popularly enjoyed in the eastern part of the country. It is made using the leaves of the Uziza plant, which is a member of the pepper family and has a unique flavor and aroma. The soup is typically prepared with various types of meats, fish or seafood, and a variety of vegetables and spices, resulting in a rich and flavorful dish that is both nutritious and satisfying. 

Meal Planning Tips + Nigerian Women In Business + Hosting A Cooking Competition | #sisiweekly




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HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON GROCERIES SO YOU CAN USE THE CHANGE TO BUY A NEW CAR!


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ave you ever looked at your grocery invoice in the supermarket and thought to yourself "wetin I buy Wey reach 100,000 now now now?"... The cost of food has skyrocketed! Like you, I want to save money on groceries so I can use it on other things; If you’re diligent about shopping efficiently and effectively, then you and I can save a lot of money on groceries. Here are a few tips;

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR KIDS DURING THE HOLIDAYS!

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Managing kids during the holidays can be challenging, but with a little planning and preparation, it can be a fun and enjoyable time for everyone. Here are some tips to help you manage kids during the holidays:

HOW TO PEEL BEANS FOR MOIN MOIN OR AKARA IN ONE LESS THAN 1 MINUTE!


It's a hack guys, it's a hack that will save you so much time and stress!! Peeling beans is an essential step in preparing certain dishes, particularly in West African cuisine. Traditionally, peeling beans involves a time-consuming process of manually removing the outer skin of each individual bean.

DELICIOUS JOLLOF SPAGHETTI RECIPE : A Fusion of African and Italian Flavors


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ooking for a tasty and unique twist on a classic West African dish? Look no further than this delicious Jollof Spaghetti recipe! In this video, I show you how to create a flavorful and satisfying meal by combining the beloved flavors of Jollof with the texture and convenience of spaghetti. 

STOP THROWING FOOD AWAY; DO THESE INSTEAD!


Food waste is a major problem in many parts of the world. Not only does it waste precious resources, but it also contributes to environmental issues such as greenhouse gas emissions. In order to reduce the amount of food that ends up in the garbage, it is necessary to reconsider your shopping, cooking, and eating habits- here are some tips for fighting food waste:

3 NIGERIAN COOKBOOKS EVERYONE NEEDS!

NIGERIAN COOKBOOKS BY YEMISI ODUSANYA

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f you're looking to expand your culinary horizons and try something new and exciting, then Nigerian cuisine is definitely worth exploring. With its diverse mix of flavors and cooking styles, Nigerian food is both flavorful and nutritious, offering a unique culinary experience that is sure to tantalize your taste buds. One of the best ways to discover the richness and depth of Nigerian cuisine is by reading Nigerian cookbooks.  Whether you're a seasoned home cook or a beginner looking to experiment with new flavors and dishes, Nigerian cookbooks are an excellent resource that will help you explore the fascinating world of Nigerian food and here are some you can try.

HOW TO MAKE BUTTER FROM SCRATCH!


Making butter from cream is a simple process that you can easily do at home. Here are the steps:

Materials needed:
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • A mixing bowl
  • A stand mixer or hand mixer
  • A fine-mesh strainer (optional)
  • A jar or container with a tight-fitting lid

COOKING HACKS & TIPS TO BE MORE EFFICIENT IN THE KITCHEN



Here are some cooking tips and hacks that can make your time in the kitchen more efficient and enjoyable:

MY DAUGHTER'S A SWEET ONE : A CANDY THEMED ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY PARTY!


My daughter, TANI marked her one year birthday a few days back and it was such an exciting time for our family and friends. I know they say that throwing a party for a one year old is a "waste of money/effort because the child will never remember" but I beg to differ. I celebrate for many reasons ; not just because I love hosting and throwing a fab party, also because I am grateful to God. The process of birthing my children is something I have documented because I birth them in a lot of pain - I'm a 3 time C-section mom, so while it is my daughters 1st party, it is a celebration of God preserving my life. You can watch my pregnancy and c-section videos by clicking HERE.

HOW TO MEAL PREP EVEN ON BUSY DAYS - Sisi Yemmie TIPS!



    Meal prepping is the process of preparing meals or meal components in advance, typically for the upcoming week. This involves cooking, portioning, and storing meals in the refrigerator or freezer, so they can be easily reheated and consumed throughout the week. 
    Planning meals can be challenging, but with a little bit of planning, it can be easy and fun. Download this Digital Food Timetable to give you ideas on what to feed your family CLICK HERE

3 BEST Places To Eat In IKEJA GRA Lagos | Ice Cream - Seafood - Africana!


We are bringing the Restaurant Reviews Back but more VALUE PACKED! I'm sharing 3 Best Places To Eat In ikeja GRA, Lagos! Don't Forget To SUBSCRIBE To The SISIYEMMIE YouTube Channel For MORE Exciting Videos! Click HERE to SUBSCRIBE


HOW TO BE A BETTER MADAM/BOSS TO YOUR DOMESTIC STAFF/HOUSE HELP


As a busy Nigerian mom of 3, I know how important "community" is when it comes to running the home, taking care of the kids and just living a balanced life. "Community can be in form of friends, relatives or hired help which is why building a better relationship with domestic staff is an important step in creating a positive and supportive environment for everyone, especially you, mom. Have you downloaded The Domestic Guide e-book? It shares on How To Manage your domestic staff / Househelp / nanny so that YOU can have a more productive life. Click HERE to Download

7 FOOD MISTAKES KEEPING YOU BROKE!

 

Here are 7 Money Mistakes You’re Making that’s Keeping you broke (food mistakes) . For more exciting content, SUBSCRIBE to SISIYEMMIETV

NIGERIAN FOOD TIMETABLE FOR A FAMILY OF 5


Planning meals for a family of five can be challenging, but with a little bit of planning, it can be easy and fun. Here are some tips for creating a meal plan for a Nigerian family of five: Download this Digital Food Timetable to give you ideas on what to feed your family CLICK HERE

VALENTINE'S DAY IDEAS FOR BUSY PARENTS


For busy parents, Valentine's Day can be a challenge to fit into your already hectic schedule. Our Valentine's Day will always be extraordinary because the baby of the house was born on Valentine's Day, so we will celebrate. Here are some great ideas to celebrate the special day without having to break the bank or your schedule:

WHY YOU NEED TO START BUYING YOUR GROCERIES (FOOD STUFF ) ONLINE!

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You guys! I have been thinking of ways to save cost on food in 2023 and I think I have a light bulb moment! It's online shopping! Yes, I enjoy going to the market, it brings me joy to see all of the fresh display of food, the variety and anxiety when it comes to bargaining the price which I am terrible at! LOL but it will bring me greater joy if I can save more money by not going to the market and hitting my financial goals for 2023!

 I've been buying food stuff online from Tunde Laniran Farms and I am always excited to plug them in my videos because it has honestly been convenient and I realise online grocery shopping is the way to go if I want to strictly follow my shopping list. Can I convince you ? See below. 

The Dangers of Mom Shaming: Why Nigerian Women Need to Stop !


A few days ago I shared a post on instagram about Nigerian women and their relationships with their house helps/domestic staff/nannies (I recently authored an e-book called The Domestic Staff Guide, which you can download by clicking HERE. This e-book helps to address the common issues Nigerian women face with hiring help, maintaining positive relationships with their domestic staff, so that everyone can flourish). The post garnered a lot of comments, and even though it was a light hearted post, it soon became a battle of Nigerian Women in Nigeria vs Nigerian Women in Diaspora - and to my horror insults began flying left, right and centre, some people got blocked, there was name calling and ultimately mom shaming which I DO NOT SUPPORT! You can view the post HERE

HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON FOOD IN 2023




Saving money on food in 2023 can be done in several ways. First, look for deals and discounts at your local grocery store. Many stores run weekly specials and discounts on certain items. You can also shop for groceries online (like TundeLaniranFarms if you are in Lagos) and save money on delivery fees. Additionally, consider meal-prepping or batch-cooking. This will allow you to buy ingredients in bulk and make meals that will last for several days. Finally, look for recipes that use fewer expensive ingredients and substitute for more affordable items. With these tips, you should be able to save money on food in 2023!

BEST TIPS FOR MEAL PLANNING FOR YOUR FAMILY

Meal planning is a great way to save money and time, while also ensuring you and your family stay healthy. Here are some of my best tips for meal planning:Make a list of meals you already know your family enjoys. This will help you get started and make planning easier.
  1. Think about how much time you have available to cook each day and plan your meals accordingly.
  2. Create a grocery list of all the ingredients you’ll need for the week’s meals so you don’t forget anything.
  3. Take advantage of bulk shopping opportunities to save money.
  4. Look for recipes that use similar ingredients so you maximize the efficiency of grocery shopping and cooking.
  5. Try to plan meals that will generate leftovers so you have an easy meal option for another night.
  6. Cook once and eat twice - plan for meals that will generate leftovers that can be used for another meal in the week.
  7. Plan for meals that are easy and quick to prepare on nights you’re short on time.
  8. Consider meal prepping on the weekend to save time during the week.
  9. Have some easy, healthy snacks on hand for when you’re feeling hungry between meals.
I cannot over emphasize the importance of meal planning and as a busy mom of 3, it is one the things that keeps me structured. I use a meal planner and that makes life 100% easier for my family. You can download my meal planner aka Nigerian Food Timetable  HERE

THE DOMESTIC STAFF GUIDE - How To Manage Nannies, Maids, HouseHelps To Live A More Productive Life





They say it takes a village to raise children, and I find in these busy days with double income households it has become necessary to have extra support, if one can outsource. This is where Maids/Househelps/Nannies/Domestic Staff come in.

Healthy Juice Recipes | Weight loss, Detox, Anti-inflammatory, Immune Boosting Juices


Juice with me! Its the beginning of 2023 and I'm sharing some of my favourite juice recipes! During the holidays I indulged a little too much and it is evident in my robust cheeks and my tighter fitting clothes...LOL. I need to get back to a healthy weight and the best way to start is get my healthy lifestyle back - cutting out fizzy drinks and replacing with healthy juices. 

Healthy Juice Recipes | Weight loss, Detox, Anti-inflammatory, Immune Boosting Juice that you will love.

HOW TO MAKE GRILLED TURKEY & A NIGERIAN SALAD!



I love a good Nigerian Salad (yes there is such a thing as a Nigerian Salad!) pairing it with grilled Turkey and some sweet corn takes it to a whole new level. It is still the season of festivities, so bring out the grill and enjoy the sun with some good food and even better company.
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