Being a parent can be a real juggling job, and often the cooking gets forgotten in the rush of the hundreds of other things we have to do each day. It’s all too easy to rely on frozen convenience foods, but with a little forward planning, it’s not that difficult to dish up tasty meals which are quick to prepare as well as being healthy and nutritious.


All kids love pasta and there aren’t many families who don’t enjoy sharing a huge home made lasagna with salad or garlic bread. The beauty of this dish is that the lasagna recipe can be varied according to what you have in the store cupboard. Although the core elements of lasagna sheets, beef mince and tomato sauce don’t vary, it is easy to incorporate others ingredients such as grated carrot, aubergines, peas or sweetcorn to give it a nutritional boost and make it more visually appealing for the children too. Lasagna recipes traditionally use beef mince, but there are no hard and fast rules so why not experiment using chicken, turkey, pork or even vegetables instead?

Pasta dishes 

Once you have mastered a basic lasagna recipe, there are many other similar pasta meals which can be made using similar techniques. Macaroni and cheese is a traditional family favourite, and carbonara sauce, made using bacon, eggs and cream is very quick to make and tasty too. Meatballs are a good accompaniment to spaghetti with tomato sauce, and these are very easy to make with beef mince, onion, a little egg to bind the mix together, breadcrumbs and whatever herbs and seasoning you prefer. Burgers can be made using the same method, and always grill or oven bake your meatballs or burgers as this helps any excess far drain away during cooking.

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