Weeks are super busy. We all work, we have kids, some of us have school runs or kindy on top of all that.
The biggest problem I have personally is getting a decent meal on the table at the end of the day cause dammit – I’m tired. And they want dinner every single night!!!! Gahhhhh
As many of you know I’ve been a huge fan of Freezer Cooking forever now – in fact, I wrote a whole book on the subject (Once a Month Cooking).
Yes it takes time on a weekend to do, but it does give you your life back during the week. Here are more than 30 make-ahead mince meals for busy families – meals that freeze well and are delicious, simple and budget friendly. Enjoy!
A super cheap, easy and filling recipe that the whole family will really love.
You can add any combination of grated veggies you like – just substitute them for the same amount as below in the recipe.
Truly…maybe we should say they are perfect for ALL occasions!
Super cheap and tasty to make and full of delicious winter vegetables and sausage meat with pastry!
It’s tender, sweet and tangy – flavours playing on your tongue in each bite.
Like all Mums, I’m always trying to get my kids to eat more veggies, this is my secret weapon to get them to gobble them up – without the whinge factor.
You can freeze the chicken mixture in advance, and it can be turned not just into a pie, but add some pasta and you have a fancy pasta dish!
Come on, make some and dig in! This recipe serves up to 8, so it’s enough for a family of 4-5.
It is instant gourmet food that you can serve at any time to your loved ones and make each meal more memorable.
It is simply an explosion of flavours in your mouth and even my children love it!
Using an economical cut of beef, as well as cheap beans, it’s packed with flavour and energy for busy families.
When you get bored with the Shepherd’s pie, try this one out!
Whether you are on a gluten-free diet or just don’t have the time to make pie pastry, there’s a pie for you!
Add a dollop of sour cream, and diced avocados after removing nachos from oven for a fresh twist.
Mince Scrolls are hearty and delicious and are perfect for a yummy after school or school holiday snack or lunch idea.
Cook in the pan or out on the BBQ, you are going to love these!
Even the pickiest of kids will be coming back for second serving!!
This doesn’t have the guilt of traditional meatloaf, add a dollop of greek yoghurt, a garden salad and you have a delicious healthy meal for the family.
Savoury Mince can be used as a main dish or for a filling for pastries, on toast or Shepherds Pie…..the list is endless!
I know some beef recipes can be expensive, but this one is not!
I used Mexican mince (with onion and spices) and whole family absolutely gobbled them up!
There’s something cosy and satisfying about easy meatballs and rich flavoured mushroom gravy sauce.
Yummy finger foods nice and easy for entertaining!
Like a cross between a big sausage roll and a meatloaf, it looks, smells and tastes great! It’s like a meatloaf but a bit fancier.
It is a little more hearty than our traditional bolognaise sauce – and freezes just beautifully!
You don’t have to go to the takeaway shop and pay a small fortune, just make these yummy balls at home!
This is also a very adaptable recipe, if you like, add a little garlic and onion and make larger ‘patties’ so that you can have chicken and apple rissoles.
They’re so much lighter than beef or lamb meatballs, but just as easy to put together.
These doesn’t last a week no matter how many I make!
This recipe could also make use of either chicken or pork mince, also chicken breast is a good option.
Don’t discount turkey mince, it is significantly leaner than chicken and you can’t tell the difference when it is cooked
We love the way the lamb and rosemary work together in this recipe, and the resulting sausage rolls are super easy, but so good.
Soooooo…tater tots, potato royals, whatever you call them, these little balls of fluffy mash with a crispy golden coating are not only pretty cheap to buy, but fantastically versatile!
These are delicious little morsels that are easy to throw together and will be gobbled up on Christmas Day!
Meatballs are so versatile and the kids LOVE them!!! These lamb meatballs are tasty but not over powering so the kids will eat them!
This is how my Mum makes rissoles – they are so delicious I thought I’d share the recipe with you!