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Meals that are for the whole family

Debbie - posted on 06/02/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )




Just looking for food suggestions that anyone has that suit the "whole" family. I am really keen to cook one meal for hubby and I, 6 yo, 4 yo and 15 months. No diet resrtrictions for anyone and we eat most types of food - not really into anything overly spicy.

Recipe ideas, snack ideas - all welcome!! Thanks in advance!!


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Debbie - posted on 06/08/2010




Excellent suggestions everyone, thanks so much. Will be trying them all out over the next few weeks. :)

Louise - posted on 06/07/2010




I make lasagne which seems to be a favourite and gives lots of hidden vegetables. Dry fry beef mince and onions, add gratted carrot and finely diced courgettes cook through, add two cans of tomatoes and tomato puree and if the mix is looking dry add a little beef stock. Layer up mix with dried pasta sheets and mince and to top either make a white sauce and sprinkle with cheese or just sprikle with cheese. Bake for 30 minutes

I put alsorts in my lasagnas, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, really any vegetable that is in season. If it is in the lasagna then my kids will eat it.

Brittany - posted on 06/06/2010




Here's a homemade hamburgar helper meal idea:You'll need:
*Box of Shells&Cheese
*Can of Mushroom Soup
*onion soup mix(its the packet kind)not the can soup
Its simple-
You boil the shells & cheese;like you do to make mac n- cheese
you fry the hamburgar (add the onion soup mix)
when its done you add it to the shells&cheese&just mix in the can of mushroom soup it makes it really good & creamy :)A fast little meal but the onion soup part is Optional!I just use it bc it leaves a good flavor in the hamburgar!Hope this hlps!

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Here's a delicious creamy pasta dish that doesn't actually have cream! I'm just writing down the ingredients, you can gauge how much of each you need for your family.

Pasta (any kind, my husband prefers penne rigate)



butter (just a tablespoon or so)

grated cheddar cheese (I think 1 cup should be plenty!)

small cubes of ham or bacon

breadcrumbs (optional)

Preheat oven to 200 C.

Boil pasta according to instructions. Steam cauliflower or boil. Drain pasta when done, set aside. When cauliflower is soft, drain if boiled and liquify (use immersion blender, reg blender, food processor, etc). Return cauliflower liquid to pan, add butter and stir till melted (turn on heat if needed). Add milk to desired consistancy (if you like thick sauce use less, runny sauce, more). Add small handfull of cheese and stir until melted. Remove from heat.

In a separate small frying pan, heat up the ham or bacon cubes (if using uncooked ham or bacon, cook fully).

Add ham/bacon to sauce and stir. Add sauce to pasta and coat. Pour pasta mixture into casserole dish and top with remaining cheese and breadcrumbs if you want. Bake for 10 mins or until cheese is bubbling.

Serve with salad for adults for extra veg, although remember, the veg is the sauce lol!

Marie - posted on 06/02/2010




Beef Roast With Potatoes & Carrots. Take a little oil in a pan (just enough to cover the bottom) & fry the beef & potatoes. The beef until it's brown & the potatoes until they're golden brown. Take the beef, potatoes, & carrots & put them in an oven safe pan or pot that can be covered. Or aluminum foil works as a cover too. (I use a baking pan with the aluminum foil) Add water until it's just under the top of said pan or pot. Cook at like 350-400 degrees and it'll take a couple of hours but keep an eye on it. U want the meat to be juicy & falling apart & the potatoes & carrots soft, but not overly mushy, although that might be good for the kids! ;) Sry it's not technical or step by step with proper amounts, but I never used that myself & it always comes out delish!!! I hope that this idea comes to good use to u & urs! ^_^

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