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This Beef Macaroni recipe is a dinner that the kids will love, you can’t go past mince and macaroni.  Plus the bonus is you could double this easy dinner ingredients make enough to have it on toast tomorrow night! I’ve used peas and corn, but you can add whatever vegetables you would like, carrot, capsicum, cauliflower etc. […]

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My Miss 12 recently wanted some mini beef mince pies for her school lunch box so she whipped up these little beauties!  I packed them cold into the lunch boxes, you could heat them in the morning and put them in a thermos so they are still warm at lunch time, however it’s so warm here […]

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  • Yummy, and simple. My kids will loves these.

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  • I need to get my hands on some GF pastry so I can make these for Mr Smags. He’ll go bananas for them!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    I do this with leftover Shepards Pie. I mix the potato and mince together, place in pie holes and put lid on. Kids and hubby love them!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    I’m going to try a veggie version with Quorn mince. Have you tried freezing them? I guess they should freeze well and defrost quickly?ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat, I just wanted to let you know that I made these after seeing your recipe and they were amazing! Such a huge hit in our house. Thank you xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is fantastic, Lucy! So glad they tuurned out and everyone ejjoyed them. I must say they are a really winner in our house too.:) xReplyCancel

Sweet and sour meatball recipe is enough to feed a family of 5 for 2 nights, serve with potato & vegetables then reheated on bread rolls the following night.

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  • These look so delicious Kat! I love the idea of adding the vegetables on top too 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It works perfectly, Lorraine and so super easy to make.:)ReplyCancel

  • fran

    Hi! I make this recipe for dinner today! It’s very simple, perfect! Greetings from Spain!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hw wonderful Fran.:) So glad you enjoyed it xReplyCancel

  • Meatballs are a big favourite in our house too Kat! I have never made a sweet and sour version though – what a fab idea! I’m going to have to make this recipe next time!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      There are delicious,Lucy.:) And so easy to make, just a nice variation.:)ReplyCancel

  • Thank you Kat. This is going in my meal planner!! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    I also love the idea of the vegetables over the meatballs, so simple and trying this for the first time as meatballs are a quick and easy meal for my 3 kids (11, 8 and 4)… I have been going through your meal planning/recipes and I can proudly say I have 2 weeks orgainsed as I wrote down all the meat I have in my freezer and just worked around what my kids likes :)ReplyCancel

    • Tracey

      Just letting you know Katrina, my Kids loved it and so did my partner! A winner in this house and looks like it will be a favourite too. I also added both red and green capsicum for colour :)ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Fantastic! It is such a easy and delicious meal, perfect mid week dinner.:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is wonderful, Tracey! I am so happy to har you have meal planned for the next two weeks! YAY i’m excited to hear that!.:) xReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Lovely recipe Katrina ! I made these tonight and just added some red capsicum for colour. I used a mixture of Pork and Veal Mince to carry on the Asian theme of the recipe. As DH is working away from home – I used 1kg of mince and made two batches – we had one tonight and the other is in the freezer.
    I particularly loved this recipe because I could assemble it earlier in the day. When I got home from soccer training with my two youngest kiddos – I cooked up some rice and pre-heated the oven. Then I popped the meatball dish in the oven as I left to collect my eldest DD from dance practice. When we arrived home – dinner was practically on the table !
    Did you make this recipe up ? It’s a winner in my book – well done !!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is wonderful, Julia! It is a real winner in my house too.:) I love the idea of adding red capsicum, i too love to have a bit of colour in my meals, i think it looks nice on the plate.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sherelle Lock

    Can this be frozen?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely, Sherelle.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Great idea! I do something similar but put it in the slow cooker instead. YUM! We get 2 meals out of it too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea in making them in the slow cooker! I love how it makes a lot, perfect for leftovers or to freeze and have another night!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    I love all of your easy recipes. Could I add a suggestion? I see you have a print button to print the recipe but what if you want to save the recipe in a folder for later? Could you possibly add a button to make it easier to save the recipe for later use.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jenny, That is a fantastic idea! I don’t have a save button but it is something i could look into. The other alternative is you can save recipes in Evernotes.ReplyCancel

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

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! 😀ReplyCancel

    • 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

        • Jennifer

          Step 5 refers to 2 eggs and then step 6 refers to whisk the eggs. Assume step 5 shouldn’t include the eggs? I love this recipe and always have some rolls frozen as a back up plan :)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

  • Angela

    I’ve made these twice now… Very popular with the family. The second batch had a lot of liquid while they were cooking but I rescued them by cooking them for a bit on a wire rack to dry the bottom. All good still gobbled up.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are so yummy, very popular with our family too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Thank you Katrina, I finally made these using 1kg mince instead of mix with sausage mix and they were so delicious! They will differently be on my favourites listReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic! Yes they are also a huge hit in our family too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Misty

    These look great! I’ve been searching for freezer friendly food for lunchboxes this year as my oldest starts school! Trying to plan ahead to keep her lunchbox interesting AND healthy. These will be great to mix things up every now and then :)
    So just clarifying… Can these be cooked from frozen or do I defrost before popping them in the oven? Thanks heaps!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Misty, i like to cook them before freezing them. Then when you are ready for them you just have to defrost.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah

    I dont always have sliced bread on hand but I do have a supply of homemade breadcrumbs I keep. What would the weight equivalent be that is needed? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • kerrie

    I just need clarification on 2 things please .

    1. How many eggs is it. 2 or 4.

    2. Are they cooked before freezing or not.

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    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Kerrie, It is 4 egss ( sorry i know the picture shows 2 ) and yes i cook them before freezing.:)ReplyCancel

  • kerrie

    Thank you Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Thankyou for another great recipe. When you say you put these in your childrens lunch box, Do you put them in a thermos – hot? Or do your children eat them cold?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Angela, My kids take them cold, they are just as nice.:)ReplyCancel

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

 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   Author: […]

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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   Author: Katrina Serves: 5 Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: […]

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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   Author: […]

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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

  • […] Sesame Lamb Rissoles (with extra veg, carrot, capsicum and celery), mashed potato and steamed […]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 recipe […]ReplyCancel

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

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

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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