I didn’t get around to taking photos or playing with any recipes. Instead I thought I would share some of my easy go to meals that the kids love.
Bolognese sauce (use half for this meal and either use the other half another night or freeze for a later meal)
Cheese for topping
Cook up a Bolognese sauce, while the bolognese sauce is cooking cook enough pasta for your family these days with a teenager we need a full 500g packet of dry pasta.
Cheesey Bechamel Sauce
1 cup grated cheese (extra for toping)
all ingredients into jug on 90Deg/speed 2/7mins
add tub ricotta & grated cheese speed 5/10secs
Melt butter, add flour mix until combined, add milk ensure it is all combined (I use a whisk to do this) then stir continuously until mixture thickens, once thick add ricotta & cheese stir through until combined.
Pour in approx 1/2 Bolognese into the base of greased lasagne dish, put all the cooked pasta in on top of the mince, pour béchamel sauce over the pasta, lastly top with some more grated cheese.
Bake on 180C for approx 20min until cheese is melted and browned.
Baked potatoes with bolognese sauce
Bake as many whole, clean, skin on potatoes as needed for your family on approx 180C for 45mins-1hr depending on size of potatoes test with a skewer put in when this goes in and out easily potatoes are ready.
Using left over bolognese sauce add tin of drained kidney beans heat through thoroughly.
Place cooked potato into bowl cut up slightly add some butter to the potato top with good helping of bolognese sauce mix onto potato, garnish with sour cream and cheese.
Another recipe using the bolognese base
Kid friendly Chilli Con Carne
tin red kidney beans (drained)
pkt taco mince (instead of chilli)
1 cup rice (uncooked)
Sour Cream for garnish
Add kidney beans and pkt taco seasoning into the bolognese stew for approx 30mins
Cook rice (however you cook your rice successfully I am the worst rice cooker so I am not going tell you how to cook rice.
Serve Bolognese mix with rice garnish with sour cream
400g Tin Tuna in Brine (drained)
1 red onion chopped into large chunks
250g mushrooms sliced (if you like mushrooms)
300g sour cream
sweet chilli sauce to taste
500g dry pasta (cook to packet instructions)
In a pan melt butter, saute onion when onion soft add sliced mushrooms when mushrooms are starting to soften add tuna then add sour cream and sweet chilli sauce simmer on very low heat for approx 20mins. While tuna mix is simmering cook pasta to packet directions.
When pasta is cooked and drained add creamy tuna sauce to pasta and serve.
Sausages & Onion Gravy
1-2 onions (depending on your family mine doesn’t like onion) cut in half slice into thin strips
1 cup water
2-3 dessert spoons gravy
cook up sausages when sausages are cooked remove from pan, using the same pan cook onion until soft add 1 cup water and gravy mix add cooked sausages back into the gravy
serve with mashed potato and steamed veggies.
These are just a few of my family’s go to meals. As they are on high rotation they are also great meals to get the kids involved in helping to cook up or cooking from start to finish. I think that all three of our kids can cook most of these including the thermomix béchamel sauce.