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.