1 car­rot, grated fam­ily DIY

Parenting - - Contents - 500g beef mince 500g sausage meat 1 ap­ple, grated 1 zuc­cini, grated 1 tbsp vine­gar ½ cup wa­ter

Quick and easy fam­ily favourites

Keep­ing the fam­ily in­spired and ready to sit down to a de­li­cious meal ev­ery night isn’t easy. Hav­ing to con­sider bud­get is even harder. When my boys were small and would ask what we were hav­ing for din­ner, I’d re­spond ev­ery time with, “Oh, it's your favourite.” So now they tell their friends they grew up on their favourites, but just aren’t sure what they are - ha.

Hit­ting the su­per­mar­kets when you’re fraz­zled and unin­spired can put the big­gest dent in your bud­get. For me, as a then work­ing solo mum, stay­ing ahead of meal­times was my way of keep­ing within my bud­get and time. The meat­loaf was a favourite for this. Buy your meat on spe­cial and even try bulk­ing the recipe up with ex­tra grated veg­gies. The chicken pa­prika is an­other ab­so­lute fam­ily favourite, a one-pot won­der, and a great recipe to dou­ble up. If you’re lucky to have any left­overs from ei­ther of these dishes, pop them into the freezer for a rainy day.

Prep time: 15 mins. Cook time: 65 mins. Serves 6. Loaf

Ei­ther make in­di­vid­ual pies or one large fam­ily pie. Pre-heat oven to 180°C or as di­rected.

Take 6 in­di­vid­ual pie cases or one large flan dish, grease and line with bak­ing pa­per. Pre­pare your short crust pas­try to spec­i­fi­ca­tion, cut and line your pie cases.

In a deep bowl, whisk your eggs and milk lightly, sea­son with salt and pep­per. Add your mus­tard pow­der, onions, cheese (re­serv­ing some for the top of your pie) and herbs. Care­fully fill your in­di­vid­ual cases or flan tin. Sprin­kle with equal amounts of bread­crumbs, and re­main­ing cheese. Pop on an oven tray and into the oven. Cook un­til egg has set, your pie has bal­looned, is golden, and has a crispy top.

Re­move from the oven and if you can stand it, al­low the pie to set­tle for about 15 min­utes be­fore de­vour­ing with a large serv­ing fork!

Serve along­side mushy peas, a light tossed green salad, or a squirt of tomato sauce. Pop in lunch­boxes for a de­li­cious treat.

Prep time: 15 min. Cook time: 45 min. Serves: 4- 6.

*op­tional @eat_­don­t_talk fam­ily DIY

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