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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.
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