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Easy Family Dinners

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We asked our mums and dads to share their family’s favourite dinners. Yum!

Included recipes:
Apricot Chicken
Pizza Pin Wheels

Beef Silverside
Pea’n’Ham Soup
Quick & Easy Chicken / Beef Stroganoff
Curried Lamb Chops
Meatball Casserole
Lamb Shanks
Good Old Pumpkin Soup
Staceys Famous Stew

Apricot Chicken

Whatever cut of chicken you like (breasts, drumsticks, thighs, assorted pieces).
Tin of apricot nectar
Packet of French onion soup
Onion (diced)
Optional: dried apricots

Method: Pat dry chicken and place in slowcooker, mix together a tin of apricot nectar, a packet of French onion soup and a diced onion, pour over the chicken and cook on low for four hours. You can add chopped up dried apricots for greater flavour. I serve with rice and greens 🙂

Pinwheel pizzas

A good recipe for children to help with. Once the ingredients are chopped, children can help put them on the pastry and roll it up. Great for morning tea or a quick easy dinner.

1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed
Grated tasty cheese
Topping of your choice eg ham, capsicum, tomato, mushrooms, avocado, olives, pineapple
Optional: Pizza sauce


Finely dice all toppings. If using, spread pizza sauce on pastry. Sprinkle toppings over pastry, leaving a 5cm row empty at one end. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Start rolling from the end with toppings. Slice into 2cm slices and place on a lined baking tray. Bake at 200oC for 8-10min, until golden.


  1. Vegemite and cheese. Spread vegemite on pastry and sprinkle with cheese, proceed as above.
  2. Fruit. Use seasonal fruit eg strawberries or bananas. Cut up finely and place on pastry. Optional: sprinkle with a small amount of brown sugar.
  3. Jam: Use any flavour jam to spread on pastry, proceed as above.

Beef Silverside

Beef silverside
2 small onions diced
1 medium carrot chopped
3 bay leaves
2L beef stock
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup of brown malt vinegar

Method: Place all ingredients in slowcooker with extra water to cover silverside if needed… cook on low for 6-8 hours and it comes out so tender you could eat it with a spoon


Pea’n’Ham Soup

1kg ham hock or bacon bones
1 packet green split peas
1 onion chopped
1-2 carrots chopped
Pepper to taste 

Method: Throw it all in and cover with water first thing in the morn. Cook on high for lunch or low for dinner! Remove bones before serving.

Quick & Easy Chicken / Beef Stroganoff


Whatever chicken cut you like, thighs are great for flavor, or cheap beef cut such as chuck or blade steak.
Tin condensed mushroom soup
Small tub sour cream

Method: Throw all into slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hrs. Yum! Used to do when my girls had morning sleep x

Curried Lamb Chops
I made this last night and it was a hit! If you like curry I’d definitely add more curry powder but this way the kids can eat it.

750g lamb leg chops (I used forequarter)
2 onions
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 chicken stock cube
Salt and pepper to taste
470g can of mushroom soup
1 cup of water

Method: Throw in everything except chops stir, then put in the chops cover and cook on low 8hrs high 4hrs
Remove bones and serve with rice.

Meatball Casserole

Lean mince
1 can of crushed tomatoes

Method: Make meatballs with lean mince, garlic, bread crumbs, squish a small cube of mozzarella into each ball and re-roll to tidy up. Dice carrot onion and celery add to slow cooker with a can of crushed tomatoes, garlic and a splash of stock. Sit meatballs on top of veg in slow cooker and turn on low…yum!!!


Lamb Shanks

As many shanks as adults, (depends how much kids eat but my 3 share a shank)
2 brown onions unpeeled, roughly chopped
Bulb garlic unpeeled, roughly chopped
1 1/2 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 cup water
2 stalks fresh rosemary
10g butter
2 tsp plain flour

Method: Combine all – cover tightly. Cook 6 hrs at 160, 140 fan forced, turning meat after 3. Sieve out onion garlic and rosemary at end and combine leftover juice with gravox to thicken. Serve with mash & green vegetables.


Good Old Pumpkin Soup

Sweet potato
1Litre Chicken or vegetable stock

Method: Add a good sized pumpkin -chopped + a sweet potato – peeled/chopped & 1lt chicken or veg stock into slowcooker on low for 4-6 hours. Once cooked & tender – purée & return to slowcooker. Add some nutmeg & pepper. Stir some cream through just before serving.


Staceys Famous Stew

Beef Strips
Tomato Paste
1 Can of tomatoes
1 Can of water
Fresh vegetables of choice

Method: Cut silverbeats, onion, mushrooms and beef strips put them in the pot brown the lot off.  Add decent sprinkle of paprika some tomato paste cook it off while I open a can of tomatoes put that in and a can of water simmer for a few hours and a half hour before serving cut whatever fresh vegetables I have on hand through it! Serve with mash and I always have a very happy husband and kids.


Recipe swap time – here is your opportunity to share your Dinner recipes and how you keep your little ones interested and healthy and wanting more!!!!

  •  We didn’t do baby recipes; we gave them what we had chopped up a bit more. We now have 5 healthy boys who will eat just about everything.  Lauren
  •  I have a wonderful creamy chicken and corn soup that I make, unfortunately I did it by the recipe and it tastes awful. It’s normal tinned sweet corn x 2, 2x chicken breast and cream, and corn flour. I seal the chicken with onion and garlic, then add sweet corn separate from can juices, in a separate pot I thicken the can juices with corn flour and add cream then mix all together once cooked. Marcia
  •  I give my little boy puréed veggies with mild spices. He loves them! Jayde
  •  I’m the same as Lauren, my 6 kids have had what we have and they eat anything.  Tracy
  •  I made homemade rissoles (mince, grated zucchini, grated carrot, oats, onion, egg, Tom paste) and mashed veggies (17month old).  Laura


  • Made this last night and my nearly 8mi gobbled it up. Beefy casserole Fist size amount of beef 1 tbsp olive oil Pinch of parsley, cumin and cinnamon Fist size of sweet potato chopped small 3 tbsp onion, chopped small Half a carrot chopped small, but the fat end (good sized carrot) Enough water to cover it all, and a bit more as it reduces down 1 garlic clove Flour meat, slightly brown in oil Add onion and garlic, low to med heat, cook for few mins Add carrot and sweet potato Add cumin, cinnamon, parsley and bays leaves Cover hot water until just above all in ingredients Put foil over the top of saucepan and cover that with lid. Simmer on low for 35-40, check after 25 mins to check water level, add more if looking too thick. Blitz to desired smoothness/lumpiness.   Emma 
  • My 6mth old still loves the good ole puréed veggies, he doesn’t have teeth yet but I still offer everything just to get him used to using his jaws to chew. Fiona
  • Emma could this recipe be good for a 6mth old as well if blended enough?  Fiona
  • Fiona, um I’m not sure. I just made it up. There’s a beefy casserole recipe in a book I have but it called for making your own stock and I couldn’t be bothered so I just made something up. In this book, at the 7-9 month stage it says you should have one serving of meat, fish, egg or pulses as their iron intake. I think once your baby had tried all the fruits and veggies and you’ve been doing it a while then intro the meat. I didn’t try chicken until 7 months and only just did beef (only cos I kept forgetting to try it!)  Emma
  • My 6 month old girl has oatmeal and baby yoghurt for breakfast, fruit / veg puree for lunch and for dinner she eats what we eat except I blend it up until it’s pureed and sometimes add extra liquid. She loves it!!  Melanie
  • Baby gums are very strong and will chew up more than you give them credit for, our boys were eating steak at 6 months, they grind it up. Lauren
  • I went into Coles the other day and they have the Coles baby club magazine for free. There were some awesome recipes in there. I got spring issue can’t wait for next one. Kirsty

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