36 Make-Ahead Mince Meals for Busy Families

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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!

Mince and Noodle Stir Fry

A super cheap, easy and filling recipe that the whole family will really love.

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Hidden Veggie Porcupine Meatballs

You can add any combination of grated veggies you like – just substitute them for the same amount as below in the recipe.

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Homemade Sausage Rolls

Truly…maybe we should say they are perfect for ALL occasions!

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Frugal Old Fashioned Pastie Slab

Super cheap and tasty to make and full of delicious winter vegetables and sausage meat with pastry!

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Glazed Meatloaf

It’s tender, sweet and tangy – flavours playing on your tongue in each bite.

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Veggie Filled Bolognaise Sauce

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.

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Chicken Pot Pie

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!

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Slow Cooker Lasagna

Come on, make some and dig in! This recipe serves up to 8, so it’s enough for a family of 4-5.

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Mexican Cannelloni

It is instant gourmet food that you can serve at any time to your loved ones and make each meal more memorable.

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Indian Rife Pilaf with Spiced Beef

It is simply an explosion of flavours in your mouth and even my children love it!

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Warming Mexican Beef Chilli

Using an economical cut of beef, as well as cheap beans, it’s packed with flavour and energy for busy families.

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Golden Bake

When you get bored with the Shepherd’s pie, try this one out!

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Pastry Free Beef Cheese Pie

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!

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Beef N Bean Nachos

Add a dollop of sour cream, and diced avocados after removing nachos from oven for a fresh twist.

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Mince Scrolls

Mince Scrolls are hearty and delicious and are perfect for a yummy after school or school holiday snack or lunch idea.

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Chicken Rissoles

Cook in the pan or out on the BBQ, you are going to love these!

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Cottage Pie

Even the pickiest of kids will be coming back for second serving!!

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Chicken and Spinach Meatloaf

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.

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Savoury Mince

Savoury Mince can be used as a main dish or for a filling for pastries, on toast or Shepherds Pie…..the list is endless!

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Beef Chow Mein

I know some beef recipes can be expensive, but this one is not!

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Cheesy Beef Puffs

I used Mexican mince (with onion and spices) and whole family absolutely gobbled them up!

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Chicken Meatballs with Mushroom Gravy

There’s something cosy and satisfying about easy meatballs and rich flavoured mushroom gravy sauce.

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Chicken and Vegetable Sausage Rolls

Yummy finger foods nice and easy for entertaining!

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Mince Wellington

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.

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Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

It is a little more hearty than our traditional bolognaise sauce – and freezes just beautifully!

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Asian Chicken Rissoles

You don’t have to go to the takeaway shop and pay a small fortune, just make these yummy balls at home!

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Asian Chicken Meatballs

Homemade Chicken and Apple Croquettes

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.

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Homemade Chicken and Apple Croquettes

Greek Chicken Meatballs

They’re so much lighter than beef or lamb meatballs, but just as easy to put together.

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Greek Chicken Meatballs

Grilled Gooey Cheesy Chicken Rissoles

These doesn’t last a week no matter how many I make!

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Chicken San Choy Bau

This recipe could also make use of either chicken or pork mince, also chicken breast is a good option.

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Chicken & Spinach Meatloaf

Don’t discount turkey mince, it is significantly leaner than chicken and you can’t tell the difference when it is cooked

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Lamb & Rosemary Sausage Rolls

We love the way the lamb and rosemary work together in this recipe, and the resulting sausage rolls are super easy, but so good.

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Lamb & Rosemary Sausage Rolls

Potato Gem Casserole

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!

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Chicken Mince Puff Pastry Bites

These are delicious little morsels that are easy to throw together and will be gobbled up on Christmas Day!

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Chicken Mince Puff Pastry Bites | Stay at Home Mum

Lamb Kofta Meatballs

Meatballs are so versatile and the kids LOVE them!!! These lamb meatballs are tasty but not over powering so the kids will eat them!

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French Onion Soup Flavoured Rissoles

This is how my Mum makes rissoles – they are so delicious I thought I’d share the recipe with you!

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Which of these mince recipes have you tried?

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