Regular family meal ideas

This post is sponsored by Coles

Growing up I always remembered my grandmother cooking a roast every Sunday, it didn’t matter if she had a house full of guests or if she was cooking for two, without a doubt she would make a roast, it was her family tradition. It got me thinking about regular family meal ideas, and what other families do?

Regular family meal ideas

I really like the idea of having a traditional regular meal, perhaps every fortnight or month. You know me I am an advocate for meal planning, to save time and money, but there are days I find it hard to come up with new ideas on what to eat. I asked our facebook community and learnt that many families have the same meals regularly, here are some of their suggestions:

MONDAY – mince meat, mexican or meatless
TUESDAY – taco’s
WEDNESDAY – whatever’s in the fridge
THURSDAY – pasta
FRIDAY – BBQ, fish and chips, takeout, homemade pizza or leftovers
SATURDAY – spaghetti, soup or burgers
SUNDAY – roasts or something easy

PASTA DINNER IDEA – Pork and beef ragu with spaghetti – This traditional pork and beef ragu goes best with spaghetti for an easy meal, view recipe here.

Pork and beef ragu with spaghetti

Sunday Roasts are a tradition in many households.  I asked my readers recently what is their favourite roast to cook their family and do they usually cook it on a Sunday?

  • Lamb Roast on the BBQ ~ Kate R
  • Roast pork with crunchy crackling, apple sauce and stuffing balls ~ Jeannie D
  • No way – roast is any night of the week where I want an awesome yummy meal with minimal fuss. It’s either roast pork with crackling or roast chicken in our house. Minimal prep and everything in the dishwasher = winner!! ~ Kelly H
  • Growing up it used to be Sunday lunch after church. ~ Tamara H
  • Would love to do roasts but sometimes watching everyone devour it in 10 minutes when I took 3 hours to cook it just doesn’t seem worth the effort. ~ Joey M
  • Chicken or pork done on the Webber Q. Like to do it Sunday so we can have the left overs in sandwiches for a couple of days. ~ Alana C
  • I never had a roast tradition. So I decided our Sunday tradition for me and my boys is corn silverside with roast vegies. ~ Juanita N

Many answered that they had never cooked a roast.  And to be truthful I didn’t cook my first roast until I was in my early 30’s, mostly because I was never taught how to, not sure what I was scared of they aren’t hard at all, very easy actually. Now I usually cook a roast beef on a Sunday every 3-4 weeks and have left overs on sandwiches through the week.

Pork Meal Ideas

Roast Pork was the most suggested favourite to cook for their families. I don’t cook pork often, I even went to the recipe section of my blog and there is not one pork recipe.  We like Pork, there’s no reason why we don’t eat it as often as the other meats, perhaps it just never top of my mind?  However, it is possible to take a simple piece of pork and transform it into something delicious and spectacular, I share some pork meal ideas below.

Coles sell pork in many different forms, all fresh and available each day: chops, roast, mince, fillets, schnitzels, ribs, steak and strips. Coles also have some great ‘made easy’ meal packs, Slow Cook Pork Packs: pork and apple, pull pork or pork shoulder with BBQ Chilli Glaze, these can be found in the same section as all the fresh meats.

Creamy pork and mustard stew – I wouldn’t refer to this recipe as a stew it looks more like a pork chop with a creamy mustard sauce and vegetables on the side. Perhaps they named it a stew because it’s all cooked in the one pan, which makes it a great quick and easy dinner solution for cold winter nights, view recipe here.

creamy pork and mustard stew

Pork & prawn fried rice – Experience a taste of Asia with this delicious pork and prawn fried rice, view recipe here.

Pork & prawn fried rice

Pork pies with damper crust – These delicious pork pies are made with homemade damper crust, view recipe here.

Pork pies with damper crust

Roast Pork with Caramelised Apples and Onion

After noticing the lack of pork on our weekly meal plan I set out to find a recipe.  I ended up making an extremely delicious Roast Pork with Caramelised apples and onion for my family last Sunday. It only required a few simple ingredients, pork, fresh apples, onion and thyme, maple syrup, olive oil and salt.  Turns out I forgot to use the thyme, but it still tasted really good!.  I used a Boneless Pork Leg Roast from Coles.


This is the 2nd time I have ever made Roast Pork, so I certainly don’t call myself an expert on crackling I still have a lot to learn.  I gave it a really good go, rubbing olive oil and salt over the pork.  I realised when I checked on the pork after half an hour of cooking that I neglected to rub oil and salt down the lower sides of the pork, so make sure you rub all over!


After 1 hour 15 minutes of cooking it’s time to add in the apples, onions, drizzle with maple syrup and cook for a further 30 minutes.  You can see here the side of the pork is not crackling too well.


Mmm, this looks so good, the best part would be the onion and apples on the base of the casserole dish covered in the maple syrup sauce.  See how effortless making a roast dinner is!


I served the roast pork with caramelised apples and onion with roast potatoes and glazed carrots and spinach.  I also removed the rind from the roast and put it under the grill to crackle further, it crackled up a treat!


You can find full Roast Pork with Caramelised Apples and Onion full recipe here.

Coles Magazine – Bumper Fresh Issue

This month’s August issue of the FREE Coles Magazine is filled with an extra 16 pages of fresh recipes. You can pick up a copy from your local Coles or view online here.

august coles issue

This months issue is filled with loads of recipes using the wonderful selection of fresh fruit and vegetables that are now in season, more pork recipes, the pulled pork burgers pictured above look delicious, some delicious apple and pear desserts as well as a great menu for your next picnic!

What is your favourite pork dish?

This post was coordinated by The Remarkables Group and run in accordance with my disclosure policy.

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Julia K August 17, 2015 - 6:44 AM

I love cooking pork. One time I decided to see how far I could stretch out a pork roast. I purchased a large boneless pork roast on special then:
Night 1 – Roast Pork and Vegetables
After we had had dinner I chopped up the rest of the pork and froze it it two separate portions.
Night 2 – I used the leftover vegetables from Night 1 and made a vegetable frittata which I served with salad.
Night 3 – Using one of the packs of leftover pork – I made a stir fry which I served with rice.
Night 4 – I ran the remaining pack of leftover pork through the food processor which made mince and I used this to make pork meatballs.
By freezing the meat on the same night I cooked it – we weren’t eating pork three nights in a row.

Kimberly August 17, 2015 - 7:15 AM

That’s brilliant Julia!

Kate - Kat's Assistant August 17, 2015 - 10:41 AM

This is amazing Julia! I love the variations of one piece of Pork! Pork meatballs sound so good.

Jackie August 17, 2015 - 8:56 AM

We have taco tuesday’s every 2nd Tuesday, we love it, so easy to make and the kids eat the lot.

Kate - Kat's Assistant August 17, 2015 - 10:40 AM

Ooh i love Tacos! They are usually a Friday night dinner in our house.:)

Crystal August 17, 2015 - 8:59 AM

We do, whatever’s in the fridge or freezer Wednesdays and homemade pizza Fridays. I love that I don’t have to think about dinner on these days.

Kate - Kat's Assistant August 17, 2015 - 10:39 AM

I agree Crystal, a few less nights to think about is always a bonus!

Lucy @ Bake Play Smile August 17, 2015 - 9:27 AM

Growing up we would always have a roast on a Sunday night too! Mum was great at making crackling, but I’m still to master the art! It was absolutely fantastic meeting you in person over the weekend – you’re such an inspiration to me!

Kate - Kat's Assistant August 17, 2015 - 10:38 AM

I am still to master the crackling as well, Lucy.:)
Just passed on your message to Kat and she said it was lovely seeing you over the weekend too x

Jude August 19, 2015 - 10:18 AM

Friday night is pizza and games night at our place. Pizza dough in the Thermomix is super easy. We don’t enjoy bought pizza bases much anymore. I whiz up two batches of dough so one goes in the freezer for next week – less cleaning dough off the Thermomix blades. I make the bases on rectangular biscuit trays. It uses the oven space much better. If we aren’t home on a Friday night my son will still have pizza if he can because he loves the Friday night tradition so much!

Kate - Kat's Assistant August 20, 2015 - 11:32 AM

Oh i just love pizza night in our house too! We usually do homemade pizza’s on a Saturday night. I’m with you Jude on preferring homemade over brought ones!


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