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Family meal recipes

86 Recipes

Kids and grown-ups will love these family dinner ideas. Our simple suppers include comforting pasta bakes, warming one-pots and speedy stir-fries.

Lighter spaghetti & meatballs

4.11111

(18 ratings)

Lentils make a low-fat addition to these minced pork patties for a healthier family favourite - still full of herby, garlicky flavour
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Sausage & squash risotto

4.581395

(43 ratings)

Sneak more veg into kids' diets with this easy, tasty rice dish - mash the sweet butternut squash if your little one doesn't like bits...
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Chicken & mushroom hot-pot

4.316455

(79 ratings)

Get the kids in the kitchen to help use up leftover cooked chicken in this hearty pie topped with slices of potato
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Pork cassoulet

4.857145

(28 ratings)

Perfect for using up stray bits and pieces from the fridge, this pork and bean stew is rich, warming and cheap to prepare
  • 2 hours and 45 mins
  • Easy

Cauliflower & bacon pasta

4.81579

(38 ratings)

Cauliflower and macaroni cheese in one pasta bake? This family-friendly gratin is comforting and filling
  • 50 mins
  • Easy

Oven-baked sweet potato fajitas

4.75

(20 ratings)

Vegetarians needn't miss out on the joy of tortilla wraps- we use peppers, onions and sweet potato topped with feta and soured cream...
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Family meals: Easy fish cakes

4.11111

(18 ratings)

These freezable and simple-to-make fish patties are ideal as a family meal or can be made and frozen individually as a quick last-minute kids supper, from toddlers to teens
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

Turkey burgers with sweet potato chips

4.733335

(15 ratings)

Turkey thigh mince is a lean but flavoursome meat- shape into patties with cheese and spring onions, and serve in healthier wholemeal buns
  • 55 mins
  • Easy

Chicken & sweet potato curry

4.75

(108 ratings)

This Indian spice pot flavoured with korma paste is mild enough for kids- the sweet potato stretches it a little further
  • 55 mins
  • Easy

Bean & sausage hotpot

4.36207

(58 ratings)

Warm up after work with this ultimate comfort food dish, just add a buttery dollop of mash
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

Italian tuna balls

4.22059

(68 ratings)

A superhealthy twist on a family favourite that can be served with spaghetti or squashed flat and cooked as burgers
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Quick sausage bolognese

4.66129

(62 ratings)

Pasta, sauce, and sausages, what could be a better combination? The sausage meat adds great flavour to a simple dish
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Crispy chicken strips

5

(2 ratings)

Serve these family-friendly crunchy chicken bites with carrot salad, tomato sauce and a baked potato. Use panko breadcrumbs if you can, as they're larger and crisper...
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Help-yourself tuna rice salad

4.363635

(77 ratings)

Ideal for busy households, this hearty salad keeps well in the fridge for up to three days, ready to be spooned into a bowl whenever you're peckish...
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

BBQ chicken burgers

4.8

(20 ratings)

These sticky burgers can easily be rustled up on a warm evening for a last-minute barbecue
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

Easy chicken Kiev

4.322035

(59 ratings)

Homemade chicken Kievs don't have to mean hours in the kitchen. Just add spuds and salad before serving...
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Cauliflower cheese

4.75403

(248 ratings)

Pop this classic side dish in the oven when you take your roast chicken out to rest, so there's no hot shelf juggling...
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

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