Proper dinners

Have a proper dinner

Butcher Advice

Best cuts for Proper dinner recipes

Oyster blade is a good value, lean cut with a great beefy flavour. Slice it thinly across the grain for stir-fry strips.

Beef stir-fry with bok choy and green beans

Vietnamese beef and glass noodle salad


Sirloin steaks are deliciously juicy, they can be pan-fried, cooked on a char-grill plate or pan, or barbecue.

Wholemeal sourdough bruschetta

Rosemary steak with a stir-fry of vegetables


Lamb steaks are a great choice for a quick weeknight dinner as they cook quickly and evenly.

Lamb rump steaks with a red lentil salad

Lamb and green bean salad


Beef mince makes cooking family meals easy, from meatballs to bolognaise and cottage pie, all their favourites will be covered.

Meatball and roast vegie wrap

Cottage pie


Buying tips

  1. Buy seasonally, fresh vegetables and fruits are generally  fresher, cheaper and of the best quality.
  2. Take advantage of red meat specials, trim and package in meal size portions and freeze.

Not sure, which cut to choose? Check out How to match red meat cuts with best cooking methods.

Tips & Techniques

Getting organised

A little pre-planning goes a long way in getting a proper dinner on the table with minimum of fuss.

• Start out by having basic staples like pasta, rice, noodles and potatoes in the cupboard.
• Round out the pantry basics with nutritious legumes, like lentils, chickpeas, cannellini and red kidney beans.
• Keep canned tomatoes, beef stock and a few flavoursome sauces like soy or oyster sauce on hand.
• Fresh herbs, garlic and lemons are always useful to give a meal a little extra zing, as well as adding valuable nutrients.
• Keep your family’s favourite beef or lamb cuts in the freezer. Beef or lamb mince, small steaks and cutlets are all easy to defrost for a quick meal.

A proper dinner from the slow cooker or pressure cooker

Choose your beef, lamb or even goat cut, give it some time to slowly simmer in your slow cooker, or fast track it in a pressure cooker and you’ll be rewarded with a rich, flavoursome, healthy meal.
Try this idea using beef chuck, it’s inexpensive and readily available in both butchers and supermarkets.

Mum’s best beef casserole

Making a proper dinner a priority

Eating as a family is vital, studies show families who regularly eat dinner together are happier and healthier. Schedule regular meals together as a priority, it may not be possible 7 nights a week, but do it as often as you can.

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