Family-friendly meals that promise to be easy on your time and your budget

pancakes with strawberries


Kids and adults love pancakes – the hilarity of watching them being tossed, stuffing them with filling, rolling them up and, of course, the...
Chicken fajita

Chicken fajita

Recipe tip: an easy emergency recipe to throw together at the last minute.         Ingredients Shop bought guacamole (you can make your own; it’s very simple...
cous cous and spiced root vegetable bake

Spiced root vegetable bake with cous cous

Like other starchy staples such as rice, potatoes and pasta, cous cous is inexpensive and filling. It’s also surprisingly easy to cook – simply salt,...
spaghetti bolognese

Big spaghetti bolognese

This recipe is quick and makes enough for a family meal today and one for the freezer. Simply omit the mushrooms if your children...
homemade baked beans

Homemade baked beans

This healthy dish appeals to kids, especially if described as homemade baked beans or, better still, cowboy beans. The sauce is full of pureed...
tuna fishcakes

Crushed tuna fishcakes with easy tartar sauce

Tuna fishcakes are fairly inexpensive, easy to make and, so long as they’re not fried in gluts of oil, are relatively healthy. Kids usually...
Cheesy pasta

Easy peasy cheesy pasta

Packed full of flavour, creamy, low fat and really simple to make. Let your kids help you prepare by crumbling the feta cheese or...
shepherds pie

Golden shepherd’s pie

The carrots and red Leicester cheese are added to this topping to make a lovely golden potato topping. If you have fussy ...
chilli con carne

Chilli con carne with rice

This recipe is a great filling family recipe that is relatively inexpensive and easy to prepare.         2 Tablespoons olive oil (or rapeseed oil)1 Large...
baked thai chicken rice

Baked thai chicken rice

For anyone on a budget – and let’s face it, who isn’t these days – pilafs are a good way to fill up the...
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