Quick and Easy Family Dinners

Browse our collection of quick and easy family dinners… from delicious burgers to simple pastas, classic lasagne to meatballs, fried rice to pies and more!

A collage of savoury dinner recipes for families.

Quick & Easy Family Dinners

Whether you’re after a fast midweek meal or a lazy weekend slow cooked dinner, our simple family dinners are just what you need!

Creamy Tuscan Slow Cooker Chicken

Pop it into the slow cooker in the morning and have the most delicious family dinner ready by the end of the day! Serve it with mashed potato or pasta for a yummy midweek dinner.

Creamy Tuscan Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe
Creamy Tuscan Slow Cooker Chicken with sun-dried tomatoes, baby spinach and parmesan cheese is the ultimate winter comfort food. Serve with pasta for a simple meal the whole family will love. 
5 from 5 votes
Creamy Tuscan Slow Cooker Chicken with sun-dried tomatoes, baby spinach and parmesan cheese is the ultimate winter comfort food. Serve with pasta for a simple meal the whole family will love. #creamy #tuscan #slowcooker #crockpot #chicken #dinner #family #recipe #meal 

Mexican Lasagne

Quick, easy, tasty… and most importantly, EVERYONE LOVES IT!!!! This Mexican lasagne is ALLLL of those things and so much more!

Mexican Lasagne Recipe
A healthy and delicious Mexican Lasagne recipe that the whole family will love... layered with tortilla wraps, a beefy bean taco mince and cheese!
5 from 2 votes
A healthy and delicious Mexican Lasagne recipe that the whole family will love... layered with tortilla wraps, a beefy bean taco mince and cheese!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Burgers

This is one of my hubby’s recipes… and it’s absolutely delicious!! Pop the pork into the slow cooker and leave it for a few hours to become super yum, and then whip up a slaw or salad just before serving. Too easy!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe
The most delicious sweet and juicy fall-apart slow cooker pulled pork recipe that's perfect for burgers, tacos and salads. 
5 from 2 votes
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Burger

Chicken, Leek & Bacon Pies

These Creamy Chicken, Leek & Bacon Pies topped with crispy puff pastry are easy to make and taste delicious… a classic winter dinner.

Creamy Chicken, Leek & Bacon Pies Recipe
Creamy Chicken, Leek & Bacon Pies topped with crispy puff pastry are easy to make and taste delicious... a classic winter dinner. Printable conventional and Thermomix recipes included. 
5 from 2 votes
Creamy Chicken, Leek & Bacon Pies topped with crispy puff pastry are easy to make and taste delicious... a classic winter dinner. Printable conventional and Thermomix recipes included. 

Muffin Tray Chunky Meat Pies (freezer friendly!)

Nothing beats a homemade pie – and these individual chunky beef ones are the BEST! Serve with vegetables or salad for a classic family dinner (and freeze any leftovers!).

Muffin Tray Chunky Meat Pies Recipe
These easy muffin tray chunky meat pies are made with flakey pastry, beef chunks and a yummy gravy sauce... the perfect savoury snack or light dinner!
5 from 1 vote
A chunky individual meat pie split open to reveal filling, with a dollop of tomato sauce beside, on a piece of brown paper

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Hearty, creamy and delicious! And best of all, any leftovers from this family-friendly meal can be popped into the freezer and reheated for a quick and easy meal.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Recipe
A family favourite slow cooker beef stroganoff recipe filled with tender beef in a creamy mushroom sauce and served with pasta. 
5 from 7 votes
A family favourite slow cooker beef stroganoff recipe filled with tender beef in a creamy mushroom sauce and served with pasta. 

Pumpkin & Spinach Lasagne

Layers of creamy pumpkin, spinach, tomato and lasagne sheets make the most delicious meat-free dinner!

Pumpkin & Spinach Lasagne Recipe
Pumpkin & Spinach Vegetarian Lasagne is a healthy and delicious family dinner made with layers of creamy pumpkin and ricotta, spinach, lasagne sheets and tomato sauce.
5 from 7 votes
This vegetarian Pumpkin & Spinach Lasagne is the perfect midweek meal... the yummy layers of pumpkin, spinach, ricotta, lasagne sheets and tomato sauce make it an easy and healthier alternative to a traditional lasagne.

Tuna Pasta Casserole

A creamy pasta with lots of veggies and the most delicious crunchy top made from breadcrumbs and melted cheese. YUM!!!

Tuna Pasta Casserole Recipe
My classic creamy Tuna Pasta Casserole is a family favourite! It's a budget-friendly midweek dinner that's packed full of vegetables and can be made ahead of time and frozen. Printable conventional and Thermomix recipe cards included. 
5 from 1 vote
My classic creamy Tuna Pasta Casserole is a family favourite! It's a budget-friendly midweek dinner that's packed full of vegetables and can be made ahead of time and frozen. 

Oven Baked Chicken Parma Balls

Simple chicken meatballs topped with tomato sauce and cheese… a favourite family dinner! Serve with mashed potato or pasta for a yummy midweek meal.

Oven Baked Chicken Parma Balls Recipe
These Oven Baked Chicken Parma Meatballs with an Italian tomato sauce and melted cheese are a family favourite! Kid-friendly, easy and delicious!!
5 from 5 votes
These Oven Baked Chicken Parma Meatballs with an Italian tomato sauce and melted cheese are a family favourite! Kid-friendly, easy and delicious!!

Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta

You can never go wrong with a creamy pasta. So good! Add in some chicken for protein, pesto for the crazy-delicious factor, baby spinach and tomatoes for freshness, and you’ve got a pasta dish made in heaven.

One Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta Recipe
This delicious One Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta is the perfect midweek meal. Family-friendly, quick and easy... does it get any better than that!?
5 from 5 votes
This delicious One Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta is the perfect midweek meal. Family-friendly, quick and easy... does it get any better than that!?

Classic Zucchini Slice

My all-time favourite zucchini slice is the perfect midweek dinner – and with just 10 minutes prep time, it couldn’t be easier.

Zucchini Slice Recipe
Our quick and easy Zucchini Slice recipe takes just 10 minutes to prepare and is a classic family favourite. This freezer-friendly recipe is perfect for lunch boxes or an easy family dinner.
5 from 4 votes
Our quick and easy Zucchini Slice recipe takes just 10 minutes to prepare and is a classic family favourite. This freezer-friendly recipe is perfect for lunch boxes or an easy family dinner.

Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs

This is one of the most popular meals in our house! Serve the meatballs in lettuce cups with sweet chilli dipping sauce… super fast, super fresh and super YUM!

Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs Recipe
Deliciously simple Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs served in lettuce leaves with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. Fast, fresh and yummy.
5 from 5 votes

Noodle & Beef Chow Mein

A good old classic fave! This easy family dinner is the perfect way to smuggle in some extra veggies.

Noodle & Beef Chow Mein Recipe
Our deliciously simple old school noodle & beef chow mein recipe is packed full of cabbage, carrot, beef mince, curry powder and noodles - a classic family favourite. 
5 from 11 votes
Our deliciously simple old school noodle & beef chow mein recipe is packed full of cabbage, carrot, beef mince, curry powder and noodles - a classic family favourite. #chow #mein #beef #noodles #family #dinner #recipe #thermomix #conventional #healthy #cabbage #vegetable

Easy Chicken Fried Rice

My favourite fried rice recipe EVER!!! Plus it’s the perfect way to use up any leftover chicken you have lying around.

Easy Chicken Fried Rice Recipe
A quick and easy Chicken Fried Rice recipe using leftover roast chicken.
5 from 1 vote

6 Ingredient Egg & Bacon Pie

A 30 minute dinner with just 6 ingredients! This is one of the most popular recipe on my website (and it’s no surprise why!).

Egg and Bacon Pie (only 6 ingredients!) Recipe
Have dinner on the table in 30 minutes with this easy egg and bacon pie - made from only 6 ingredients. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner!!
5 from 13 votes
Have dinner on the table in 30 minutes with this easy egg and bacon pie - made from only 6 ingredients. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner!!

Easy Cheesy Beef Lasagne

Total cheesy deliciousness. This is the ultimate in easy family dinners!

Easy Beef Lasagne Recipe
Whip up this Easy Beef Lasagne in no time! Get that extra cheesy taste without having to make a bechamel sauce. A quick & no-fuss dinner!
5 from 4 votes
Easy Beef Lasagne

4 Ingredient Egg & Bacon Carbonara

This creamy carbonara is made from eggs, bacon, pasta and parmesan cheese. That. Is. It!! Too simple, right!?

Easy 4 Ingredient Fettuccine Carbonara Recipe
Once you've made this easy fettuccine carbonara with only 4 ingredients, you'll never go back! No cream... just eggs, bacon/pancetta, pasta and parmesan cheese.
5 from 7 votes

Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne

Pop this baby on in the morning and come home to a delicious winter warmer.

Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne Recipe
A healthy and family-friendly Mexican Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne recipe made with beef, beans and tomato and served with rice, corn chips, sour cream and spring onions.
5 from 6 votes
A bowl of rice rice, slow cooker chilli con carne, sour cream and corn chips.

Beef & Bacon Burgers

It’s hard to beat a good old fashioned beef burger… these are a Friday night favourite at our house! Soft hamburger buns filled with salad, crispy bacon and a grilled beef patty – dinner couldn’t be easier or more delicious!

Beef & Bacon Burgers Recipe
Grilled Beef & Bacon Burgers are perfect for a summer BBQ - they're super easy which leaves more time for relaxing and enjoying the sun!
5 from 1 vote
Grilled Beef & Bacon Burgers are perfect for a summer BBQ - they're super easy which leaves more time for relaxing and enjoying the sun!

Cheesy Corn Fritters with Avocado & Tomato Salsa

Nothing says ‘easy family dinner’ more than corn fritters!

Cheesy Corn Fritters Recipe
Deliciously cheesy corn fritters that take just a few minutes to prepare... the perfect healthy snack or lunchbox recipe!
5 from 1 vote
A fork with a piece of corn fritter with a stack of fritters in the background topped with sour cream.

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5 Comments
  1. Marge Amery says:

    Your cook books are the best thing since sliced bread. I have bought 5 of them now and just about to buy the family meal one. I use them all the time. thank you for making my life at home, after working all day, so much easier and tastier.

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Oh Marge you’ve made my day!!! Thank you so much! xx

  2. Marge Amery says:

    hi, I am trying to buy the quick mid week recipe book but cannot find the link for it. Can you help please. I absolutely love your other books.
    Thanks

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hi Marge, our dinners ebooks (there’s 2) are only available in Thermomix versions (not conventional). If you’re after the Thermomix ones, here’s the links:
      – https://bakeplaysmile.com/product/month-thermomix-dinners/
      – https://bakeplaysmile.com/product/thermomix-family-dinners-desserts/
      🙂

  3. Ellen Taylor says:

    Hey Lucy,
    Thanks for saving my time. Some recipes really looks yummy and hope also take less times to prepare.

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