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10 Back-to-school family meals

BY Karen Burns-Booth

17th Sep 2017 Recipes

10 Back-to-school family meals

As autumn approaches and long school days return, it’s time to start planning some easy yet tasty dishes to fill mid-week family supper table!

1. Sticky ginger beer pork medallion strips

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A quick and easy midweek meal, which can be on the table in less than 15 minutes. Family friendly sticky ginger beer pork medallion strips use only five ingredients and the recipe is a great way to add excitement to mid-week meals.


2. Skinny high veg chilli con carne

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Everyone loves a steaming bowl of chilli, and this recipe is not only tasty and comforting, but has lots of your five-a-day veggies added. It also uses low-fat minced beef for fewer calories for a healthy family supper.


3. Quick and easy nachos

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A fabulous back-to-school family supper dish, which only uses six easily sourced and thrifty ingredients. This Mexican-inspired taco bake is served with extra steamed veggies on the side for a tasty and filling meal.

Get the recipe for quick and easy nachos


4. Slow cooker sausage casserole

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This slow cooker sausage casserole is an easy meal that your whole family will love. Prepare it earlier in the day and then leave the slow cooker to work its magic; it is perfect for a family meal when you’re short on time.


5. “Sunday lunch” chicken, sausage and vegetable hotpot

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This “Sunday Lunch” style casserole hotpot has all the elements of a roast chicken dinner—chicken (of course), sausages and sage, and lots of seasonal veggies. A one-pot meal means less washing up too!


6. Bolognese bake

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This Bolognese bake is perfect for a back-to-school family supper, with plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day. Pasta is mixed together with a rich, meaty Bolognese sauce, which is then topped with grated mature cheese for a very tasty dish.

Get the recipe for Bolognese bake


7. Family friendly fabulous fish pie

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These easy-to-make fish pies are perfect for a family supper; children love them, and there’s no need to serve any extra vegetables on the side, as there are leeks in the fish pie mixture. Having said that, peas and steamed Savoy cabbage do make a nice accompaniment.


8. Ten-minute mushroom pasta

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This ten-minute mushroom pasta with tomato and chilli pesto and light cream cheese is the ultimate quick and delicious family meal. It’s sure to become a favourite for the kids—and busy mums and dads alike!

Get the recipe for ten-minute mushroom pasta


9. Butter chicken

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This easy Indian-style butter chicken recipe—with its rich creamy sauce and a fantastic blend of mild spices—is a must-try easy mid-week family dinner recipe that the children will love!

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10. Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches

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A simple, store-cupboard tomato basil soup recipe, which is paired with a delicious pesto grilled cheese sandwich, makes a fabulous “soup and sarnie” family supper. It’s easy to make and ready in just 20 minutes.


Karen Burns-Booth is a freelance Recipe Developer, Food and Travel Writer and is a member if the Guild of Food Writers. She writes for her own blog Lavender and Lovage.

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