As a mum of 3 growing children, I know that finding meals that everyone loves can be challenging, and that if you do find recipes that fit the bill - it's almost a "mum code" that you share them with other parents.
So here are my favourite recipe books:
Healthy on a Budget written by Kerry Corp
I love this recipe book not only because it's written by another Australian mum but it also provides tasty and healthy recipes that my family love (that don't cost a fortune in ingredients).
Kerry uses her expertise as a Health Coach to ensure every recipe have all the bases covered. Each recipe includes plenty of veggies and are gluten free too (but don't need to be if you prefer). She also explains how to create a vegetarian dish out of any of the meat based recipes.
Better still the book also contains loads of flexibility of ingredients so you can use what you have on hand (in the back of the fridge as she says) and/or swap out ingredients to suit your families tastes and dietary requirements.
This book is a fantastic "go to", to keep family meal times interesting, healthy and budget friendly too.
Purchase here and enter promotional code: ATT10 for 10% off the hardcover or e-book.
Here is a sneaky peak at one of my families favourites from the book.
Mexican Beef & Beans
Mexican Beef and Beans - Moderate to low budget
I love to make a big batch of this in my slow cooker and portioning up to fill the freezer to always have a quick meal to grab on those lazy nights or late home from work occasions. You can easily make this in a large pot on the stove top, for those that don’t have a slow cooker. Timing and temperature will vary though.
This dish is filled with lots of these ‘sneaky’ vegetables, for this fussier of eaters and can also be made vegetarian/vegan (see ingredients for veg option)
This is also a great recipe to cook for a large crowd. Feeding up to 12 people, it’s great in the centre of the table with bowls of toppings for people to create their own twist. Warming, hearty and oh so simple, enjoy!
Serves 10 to 12
- 1kg beef mince – *you can use turkey or leave out and double the beans for vegans
- 2 x 425g can of black beans or kidney beans
- 1 large carrot grated
- 1 large zucchini grated
- 2 stalks of celery finely sliced
- 1 large onion finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic crushed
- 2 x 425g tin of chopped tomatoes
- 1/4 cup of tomato paste
- 4 tsp of smoked paprika
- 2 tsp of cumin
- 2 tsp of coriander powder
- Salt& pepper to season
- Chilli powder or dried chilli flakes to your liking – *leave out if chilli is an issue for little one.
- In a frying pan, lightly brown the mince and garlic before adding to your slow cooker
- Prepare all the vegetables by either grating or blitz using a food processor and add them to the slow cooker with the mince and garlic
- Add the well-drained beans, tinned tomatoes, tomato paste and spices
- Give everything a good stir and cook for 5-6 hours on the low setting or 3 -4 on high
* If using a large pot and stove top, cook on a low temperature for 1 ½ -3 hours. But make sure you check regularly and stir.
There are so many ways to serve this delicious dish:
- With sliced red cabbage, avocado and corn chips (see image)
- On top of rice and spinach
- As tacos or a burrito with salsa and sides
- Topped on a baked potato or nachos
Purchase Kerry's book here and enter promotional code: ATT10 for 10% off the hardcover or handy e-book.