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Imagine coming home after a long day. You’re tired. You’re hungry. Then imagine having dinner ready and waiting for you.

Imagine something healthy AND super tasty prepared by one of your (I’m hoping) favourite food bloggers… Me!

Well as much as I’d love to come around to your place every evening and help out with getting dinner on the table, I’d hate for little Fergal and my Irishman to feel neglected.

So I guess we’ll have to leave that scenario for another day.

Before you start feeling down there is some good news!

I’ve come up with the next best thing…

Today I’m super happy to announce the birth of a completely NEW meal planning service from Stonesoup!

So how did this all come about?

About this time last year I was talking to my friend Caroline. At the time she was getting all geared up for a weight loss program she’d signed up for. It was one of those ones that comes with an exercise schedule and meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

A few months later Caroline was looking amazing with her new, more slender figure. I asked her how she had found the whole experience.

Her answer surprised me.

While the motivation and commitment to exercise had really helped, the thing she loved the most were the meal plans. Each week she’d just print out the shopping list and buy what was on it. Or better yet, get her husband to look after procurement.

Then each night she’d walk into the kitchen, look at her notes and just start cooking. No agonizing over what to make. No having to ‘think’ at the end of a long day.

But you know what would have made it even better? Some of the recipes were a little time consuming, it would be brilliant to have meal plans using your quick, healthy Stonesoup recipes.

That got me thinking… And here we are

Introducing ‘Soupstones’ Meal Plans!

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If you think you’re a bit like my friend Caroline and could do with some meal planning help, then you’re in luck…

The NEW ‘Soupstones’ Meal Planning service is now up and running!

If you have any interest in trying out my new ‘Soupstones’ Meal Plans, I really encourage you to be one of the first to join me.

I’m having a special ‘introductory’ trial at the moment…

For more details, go to:


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Bacon Sang Choi Bau

We love a bit of sang choi bau action for a quick week night dinner in our house. There’s something so delicious about spicy meat being wrapped in cooling lettuce leaves. We love it so much we often serve other stir fries like this instead of with cauliflower ‘rice’ (finely grated raw cauli) or steamed rice.

I can’t remember exactly why I decided to put bacon in the sang choi bau. Probably because we were going away and I didn’t want to waste it. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that bacon made this classic dish taste even more amazing. But I was. And it’s good enough to warrant a stand alone recipe, rather than just tacking on bacon to one of my ‘variations’ ;)

Enough for 2
3-4 slices bacon
450g (1lb) pork minced (ground pork)
1-4 red chillies
4-6 tablespoons oyster sauce
iceburg lettuce, washed

1. Heat a little oil in a wok or large frying pan on a very high heat.

2. Cook bacon for a few minutes or until starting to brown.

3. Add pork and chilli. Continue to stir fry until the meat is well browned.

4. Remove from the heat and add enough oyster sauce to season it well.

5. Wrap a little of the hot meat in lettuce leaves and eat with your fingers.


vegetarian / vegan – skip the bacon and try seasoning some cooked green lentils with (vegetarian) oyster sauce and chilli. Serve with lettuce. Also works with browning crumbled tofu. Expect to use more oyster sauce.

sugar-free – replace oyster sauce with soy sauce (start with much less so it’s not too salty) and a drizzle of sesame oil.

different meat – also great with minced (ground) beef or chicken. Actually most ground meat will work well.

fish – you could use finely chopped fish fillets. Expect them to cook quite quickly.

more veg – toss in some sliced water chestnuts, chopped red capsicum (bell pepper), mushrooms and/or sliced green onions.

herby – serve with torn mint, basil and/or coriander (cilantro) leaves.

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With love,
Jules x
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  • Emily 21 January, 2014, 5:13 pm

    For the first time you are making me wish I had an ipad or other such tablet. I just had the most romantic image of myself using it to shop for your meal plans. Maybe I can buy one with money I save from not eating out? This looks awesome.

    • jules 21 January, 2014, 6:24 pm

      Hi Emily!

      You can also use them on your smart phone… And there’s always old fashioned printing in the mean time :)

  • France Geek 22 January, 2014, 2:00 am

    Looks like a terrific idea! Am so impressed with the organization of it.

  • Nic 26 January, 2014, 1:20 pm

    Hi Jules!
    Love the menu I received this week! All very easy & yummy looking meals. I think it’ll help me get out of my rut of cooking the same things even though I have so many recipes. It’ll be nice not to think about what I should have for dinner for a while. The shopping list was good too, not too long like with some meal plans & all easily sourced ingredients.
    Thanks again!

    • jules 30 January, 2014, 5:30 pm

      Wonderful Nic!

      So glad you’re enjoying SOUPSTONES so far:)


  • Brett Sanders 10 February, 2014, 5:50 am

    Looks absolutely delicious. And very easy. Thanks

    • jules 12 February, 2014, 10:05 am

      Thanks Brett!

  • Taubs 18 February, 2014, 9:28 pm

    Just made this with beef and coriander – delicious!

    Great recipe!

  • Sarah 19 February, 2014, 10:15 pm

    yum yum, just made this today. Thanks a lot.

  • harhat materials 2 October, 2015, 3:11 am

    Very good blog post. I definitely love this site.
    Keep it up!

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