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Healthy, budget friendly meal ideas for the family

This post is sponsored by Coles I admit I am satisfied with meat and 3 veg for dinner, it’s easy and budget friendly. Favourites would be oven baked chicken breast or BBQ’d sausage, mashed potato and vegetables making regular occurrences on our weekly meal plan. Coles have given me the challenge to create three family friendly, not […]

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  • Andrea

    Thank you Kat, I am always trying to come up with ways to use up left over sausages and sausage sandwich get a little boring. Going to try that vegetable bake.ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    Yum those sausage rolls look great, my kids would love to have them in their lunchboxes, love your ideas, they are always realistic and very family friendly.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh thank you Jan! My kids love them too, a big family favourite!ReplyCancel

  • Lydia B

    My kids love sausages, but I must admit I am a bit boring when it comes to being creative, love all these ideas, I know my kids will eat all of these and they have some fresh vegetables hidden inside too, my 2 year old is so fussy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      They are perfect Linda for hiding fresh veggies inside!ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Sausage pasta is a very cheap meal in our house. I am a vegetarian so I have to do two separate meals. One fort partner and daughter then one for me. Sausage pasta is my favourite to make as it is done so quickly. I cook 4 meat sausages and 2 veggie sausages then boil pasta up and add a jar of pasta sauce. When the sausages are cooked, I chop them up and put into separate bowls and add the sauce and serve with garlic bread or salad. Costs me roughly £2.00 to make that. Thanks for the sausage roll recipe! I will definitely try that as my partner and daughter love sausage rolls! XReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Helen, these sound so good! I’m sure your family will love the sausage roll!ReplyCancel

  • Mandee

    The link to Teriyaki chicken and veg stir fry isn’t working…ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Oh no so sorry Mandee, i have fixed it up.:)ReplyCancel

Homemade Beef & Vegetable Sausage Rolls

Friday night dinners in our home typically mean something fun like Pizza, Mexican, Pasta however it’s usually no side servings of vegetables, but that doesn’t mean no veg!!  On this night I made a double batch of homemade beef sausage rolls.  I’ll freeze some to have on hand for lunch boxes, I can easily pop them in […]

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  • Amy

    These were a bit fiddlier than I expected (I accidentally whizzed my veggies to mush in the Thermomix!), but once they were cooked- delicious! My kids can’t stop devouring them, and I’ve got heaps in the freezer for my next ‘I can’t be bothered’ easy night. Great recipe! :DReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Also, I’ve just realised- the recipe says to add two eggs into the bowl, but your photo above has four?ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Hi Amy, they are very yummy i agree! Yes it is 4 eggs, i just had a quick look on the recipe to double check so for any confusion.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Could I use 1kg of beef mince instead of using sausage meat?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Samantha, Yes i can’t see why you couldn’t. Let me know how they turn out.:)ReplyCancel

Lamb, Feta & Zucchini meatballs

I must admit I always lean towards beef and chicken rather than lamb or pork for our main meals.  However, I am trying to add more variety into our meals and after enjoying the lamb & sesame rissoles I’ve been searching for more great lamb recipes.  I found this Lamb & Feta meatball recipe in the new Vegie […]

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  • Keri

    I think it’s a bit cheeky of you to post a recipe on your site that I can’t get unless I buy a book on another site – NOT cool!ReplyCancel

    • Ellie

      I felt a bit tricked too! Looks delicious though :)ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Ooh it was never to be a trick Ellie, for copyright I can’t share her recipe, I need to give Wendy from Vegie Smugglers full credit as this is her recipe she created, if it was online I could of easily shared a link back to the recipe, but’s it from her new cookbook. Sometimes it good to learn about recipes from cookbooks you may not know existed and to learn if they are family friendly and easy to cook. Some books especially those online you can’t see inside and have a good flick through.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I understand Keri, I am sorry you feel this way. For copyright I can’t share her recipe, I need to give Wendy from Vegie Smugglers full credit as this is her recipe she created, if it was online I could of easily shared a link back to the recipe, but’s it from her new cookbook. Sometimes it good to learn about recipes from cookbooks you may not know existed and to learn if they are family friendly and easy to cook. Some books especially those online you can’t see inside and have a good flick through.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    This recipe looks delicious and I too was disappointed that you couldn’t five details. But I understand. If you google the title, it will lead you to a 2010 Veggie Smugglers website article – voila, recipe found and no copyright infringement!!!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you, i didn’t realise it was in there i have added a link now.ReplyCancel

Chicken & Coconut Curry Meatballs

 Through my childhood I was always served meat and 3 veg.  And I must admit sausages or chicken schnitzel, mash and vegetables would have to be one of my favourite weeknight meals.  However, sometimes I like to fancy it up and this Chicken & Coconut Curry Meatballs is exactly that. Chicken Curry Meatballs   Print […]

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  • Diane Medley

    Nut allergy here…. What could I substitute for coconut?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I would leave out the coconut all together then Diane although you could add in some finely diced capsicum insteadReplyCancel

  • Helen Broadbridge

    I would like to say a big thankyou to you Julie, who posts such encouraging posts each day. I also work and have a gorgeous granddaughter I care for, but still find the time to click onto your page every two days and get my inspiration. Thankyou
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  • Megan Hall

    Coconut is a palm and not a nut. The coconut itself is a seed. ReplyCancel

  • Megan Hall

    Definitely best to avoid then. I would just leave it out.ReplyCancel

  • Jessi Jones

    Could I just use chicken mince instead?ReplyCancel

  • […] are easy to make and they’re a great dish to cook in bulk and freeze in serves for nights like this. Jennifer […]ReplyCancel

Vege Packed Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is my kids favourite dinner, they would happily eat it each week if I planned it.  I usually double this recipe and either freeze it or plan to have it in a different meal later that week (left overs). Vege Packed Bolognese   Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 45 mins Total […]

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Sesame Lamb Rissoles

This is a delicious rissole recipe that is perfect for a quick weeknight meal.  This recipe only makes 10 rissoles, my family wanted more so next time I am going to double it and any left overs can be put on a bread roll for school lunches the next day. Sesame Lamb Rissoles   Print […]

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  • Mr and Mrs Romance

    Yum! Love a good rissole! I like putting smoky paprika in my burgers and rissoles – but that might just be a phase! I’ve been adding it to lots of things recently. Poor Mrs Romance.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    I also like to add finely chopped parsley and rosemary….but then again I’d most likely add in diced capsicum and shredded carrot as well…any way I can sneak in extra vegies!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    I also like to add grated vegies including carrot, zucchini, capsicum… Worcestershire sauce is also good and my secret ingredient is a large dollop of ricotta.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Jupp

    Sound great but serves 5??? We are a family of four and when we have rissoles I have to use 1 kilo.ReplyCancel

  • […] our main meals.  However, I am trying to add more variety into our meals and after enjoying the lamb & sesame rissoles I’ve been searching for more great lamb recipes.  I found this Lamb & Feta meatball […]ReplyCancel

Fast Midweek Meal – Spaghetti and Meatballs

 This recipe is for those nights that you want to have dinner cooked and served fast.  I enjoy making my own meatballs, for occasions like this it’s handy having some in the freezer (defrost through the day) or you can purchase them prepared for you in the meat section at the supermarket. Quick Spaghetti and Meatballs […]

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  • Sue Nicholls

    Would love your recipe for the actual meatballs – it’d be great to have a few batches in the freezer (I need gluten free so the supermarket ones are no good for me).ReplyCancel

    • Sue I cheated on this recipe and purchased them from the supermarket.ReplyCancel

      • Sue Nicholls

        I ended up mixing up a big batch of meatballs yesterday, as I had just bought mince and wanted to have some ready in the freezer. I’m using 1/3 in your recipe tonight so if they pass the test I’ll post my recipe. I was low on breadcrumbs so they may end up falling apart but we’ll see.ReplyCancel

Cheeseburger Pasta Bake

Pasta Bakes are a meal that I can easily make through the day, pop in the fridge, head out to sports in the evening and when I get home I put it in the oven.  The kids will shower and by the time they are finished dinner is ready.  I have been making very healthy […]

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  • Mary

    Ooh wow, my kids would love this, just the name sounds really cool. Thanks Kat for sharing all these great recipes that my family enjoysReplyCancel

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  • kellie

    Made this last night. The whole family loved it! Thanks KatReplyCancel

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Using Mince is a Sinch

This is a guest post by Briohny, from Plan Eat Play After a brief discussion with a few friends, I quickly discovered that everyone has their own special way of making a bolognaise sauce and the perfect ‘Spag Bol’ is very personal and hotly contested topic. With this in mind I’m here to share with […]

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  • Marita Beard

    Oh yum those mince puff pastry squares look fabulous.ReplyCancel

    • they do don’t they Marita, I made some scrolls the other day with left over mince and puff pastry, so yummyReplyCancel

Honey, Soy and Garlic Chicken Sausage Rolls

Honey, Soy and Garlic Chicken Sausage Rolls   Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 25 mins Total time 55 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Lunchbox Chicken Serves: 50 Ingredients 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs 1 Maggi Stir Fry Creations Honey Soy & Garlic 500g chicken mince 1 egg 1 zucchini 1 carrot ½ onion […]

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  • Anne Solveig - annesolveig.nl

    Sounds great!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna Johnson

    I tried this one myself yesterday and all my guests liked it. The recipe is brilliant, one thing I couldn’t figure out is how to get rid of the greasy stains in my oven, afterwards. I’m thinking of booking a service from http://www.fantasticovencleanersmelbourne.com.au and I could as well combine it with specialized oven cleaning. If you have better suggestions, let me know, because I really can’t remove those stains.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    there are breadcrumbs in the ingredients, but I can’t see where they are mentioned in the method part?ReplyCancel

    • Sorry Mandy, I have just fixed it, I blitzed the breadcrumbs after I processed the chicken mince.ReplyCancel

  • michelle

    Could you make it without the egg? ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Hey, Can you freeze these to use for quick lunches?ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Gilson

    Hi, what is the finishing sauce?ReplyCancel

  • kylie

    Can these be frozen and if so at what stage? Also could I use any type of marinade to make different flavours? Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kylie, yes for sure they can be frozen. I would freeze them before they are cooked just so the pastry doesn’t go soggy. I can’t see why you can’t use different flavoured marinades, just a nice variation.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    These sound tempting, but I loathe using packet marinades, sauces etc. they are usually so high in sodium. Do you have any suggestions as to what ingredients (and quantities) I can use instead if the Maggi packet?ReplyCancel

  • kylie

    Great thank you Katrina. I’ll try making a big batch and freezing some in a tupperware container with baking paper between so I can just pull out of the freezer when we want some :-)ReplyCancel

  • Norma Roll

    Very nice ReplyCancel

Quick Shepherd’s Pie

As winter approaches we are start to enjoy the casseroles and pies.  My hubby cooked this Shepherd’s Pie for us, something quick and easy for him to prepare.  I would say he put too much cheese on top, but I’m not complaining!!!! Quick Weeknights Shepherd’s Pie   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 30 […]

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  • Can never have too much cheese :) Shepherd’s pie is also one of my family favourites. My husband also cooks this one on the nights I’m working late. Quick and easy!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Thankyou for this recipe!! My husband is very fussy so I am always a bit nervous trying new things out on him.. I got a call from him yesterday telling me he had just finished the leftovers and I “had better of saved the recipe”!!! It was a winner with all of us and I think it will become a regular meal..!ReplyCancel

Homemade Sausage Rolls

Hubby made a double batch of these delicious homemade sausage rolls, a double batched was enough to serve 5 for dinner with salad, then enough left over for school lunch boxes Homemade Sausage Rolls   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 25 mins Total time 45 mins   Author: Katrina Serves: 12 Ingredients 250g […]

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