36 Make-Ahead Mince Meals for Busy Families

36 Make-Ahead Mince Meals for Busy Families

Weeks are super busy. We all work, we have kids, some of us have school runs or kindy on top of all that. Mince meals are perfect for weekday dinners as they are cheap and quick!

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!

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1. Mince and Noodle Stir Fry

A super cheap, easy and filling recipe that the whole family will really love. You can use any sort of mince for this recipe, chicken mince, beef mince or pork mince.

Mince and Noodle Stir Fry I Stay at Home Mum

2. 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.

3. Homemade Sausage Rolls

Sausage rolls are the best – kids love them and you can make this homemade sausage rolls recipe and freeze them so you can have freshly baked sausage rolls on hand, whenever the need arises.

4. Frugal Old Fashioned Pastie Slab

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

5. Glazed Meatloaf

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

6. 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.

7. 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!

8. 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.

9. Mexican Cannelloni

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

10. Indian Rice Pilaf with Spiced Beef

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

11. Warming Mexican Beef Chilli

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

12. Golden Bake

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

13. 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!

14. Beef N Bean Nachos

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

15. Mince Scrolls

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

16. Chicken Rissoles

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

17. Cottage Pie

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

18. 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.

19. Savoury Mince

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

20. Beef Chow Mein

This is a terrific and easy weeknight dinner – and the kids just love it! I know some beef recipes can be expensive, but this one is not!

21. Cheesy Beef Puffs

These are great little parcels of deliciousness – I make them for my boys all the time. I used Mexican mince (with onion and spices) and the whole family absolutely gobbled them up!

22. Chicken Meatballs with Mushroom Gravy

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

23. Chicken and Vegetable Sausage Rolls

This is one of the most popular recipes on our website – and once you make it – you will know why! Chicken and Vegetable Sausage Rolls are the perfect finger food, and they are nice and easy for entertaining!

24. Mince Wellington

Mince Wellington is 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. Great for an easy weeknight dinner that the kids will love – and you can pop any leftovers in the lunch box the next day!

Mince Wellington e1581570162823 | Stay at Home

25. Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Slow Cooker Beef Regu is a little more hearty than our traditional bolognaise sauce – and freezes just beautifully!

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu | Stay at Home

26. Asian Chicken Rissoles

Bored of boring meatballs? Well, you don’t have to go to the takeaway shop and pay a small fortune, these meatballs are tangy and delicious!

27. 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.

Homemade Chicken and Apple Croquettes

28. Greek Chicken Meatballs

Greek Chicken Meatballs are so much lighter than beef or lamb meatballs, but just as easy to put together.

Greek Chicken Meatballs

29. Grilled Gooey Cheesy Chicken Rissoles

These delicious Grilled Gooey Cheesy Chicken Rissoles don’t last a week no matter how many I make!

Grilled Gooey Cheesy Chicken Rissoles | Stay at Home

30. Chicken San Choy Bau

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

Chicken San Choy Bau Recipe 1 | Stay at Home

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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!

34. Chicken Mince Puff Pastry Bites

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

Chicken Mince Puff Pastry Bites | Stay at Home Mum

35. 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!

Lamb Kofta Meatballs I Stay at Home Mum

36. 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!

French Onion Soup Flavoured Rissoles I Stay at Home Mum

Which of these mince recipes have you tried?
36 Make-Ahead Mince Meals for Busy Families | Stay at Home Mum

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Jody Allen is the founder of Stay at Home Mum. Jody is a five-time published author with Penguin Random House and is the current Suzuki Queensland Amb...Read Moreassador. Read Less

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