Meatloaf Recipe (with rich glaze)

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This is the meatloaf I've been making for many, many years.  It's the glaze that makes it so delicious! I made it again the other night (I haven't made it in a while) and my husband was absolutely thrilled. Ha!  This recipe makes enough to feed 8 people. It can be frozen and leftovers work well in the lunch box. Meatloaf Recipe 1 kg lean mince 1 egg 1 onion (diced) 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley 2 bacon rashes … [Read more...]

Easy Stir Fry

Easy Stir Fry Recipe

Stir Fry is one of my favourites.  It's packed full of delicious rainbow vegetables and it's quick and easy to whip up.  This is how I make it. Ingredients  500 grams of beef, chicken or pork (sliced in thin strips) - Tip for beef: I tried the regular stir fry beef you can buy but it always tastes tough.  Instead, I get rump and ask the butcher (even at Coles or Woolies) to trim the fat and slice it thinly for me. Tastes … [Read more...]

Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe

Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe

Here's another great recipe from Amanda.  Her recipes are designed family friendly to help take the edge off the evening strain.  _______________ ONE OF THE BEST PASTA BAKES YOU WILL EVER MAKE!!  It is not the healthiest but the flavours are a match made in heaven and I can’t wait for you to try this.  I would eat this every night if I could and my family wouldn’t complain (well…. initially they wouldn’t but they might after … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Lamb Stew

Slow Cooker Lamb Stew - Easy

This lamb stew is a huge winner with the entire family.  Plus it's uber easy to make in the slow cooker. Ingredients 1 kilogram diced boneless lamb (I have it diced by my butcher in about 3 cm pieces) 1/2 cup plain flour 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder Pepper to taste 1/2 cup liquid beef stock (125 ml) 3 carrots (chopped in thick slices) 3 potatoes (cut in even-ish … [Read more...]

Grandma’s Chicken Stew

Chicken Stew Recipe - Easy

Amanda from Food Before 5 is the QUEEN of easy family meals and that is why she is a contribuer here at Be A Fun Mum, because I'm all about simple and easy!  You can find links to more of her recipes at the end of the post. Grandma’s Chicken Stew I am always on the lookout for recipes that are simple to make, affordable, delicious and most importantly - my family will eat.  This one ticks all the boxes and is one that I make … [Read more...]

Chicken & Ham Pastie

Chicken and Ham Pastie

We met, a friendship formed, and then we both moved.  We never had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with each other before our life circumstances changed but she was the sort of friend that came around to hang at my place for the afternoon, brought ingredients for dinner and made it in the kitchen.  Friendship with her felt like community should. She is still my friend from afar.  Her name is Jenny and this recipe is one of … [Read more...]

Crunchy Crumbed Chicken

how to make crunchy crumbed chicken

My husband makes the most delicious crispy crumbed chicken. I have my own version, but his tastes better than mine -- it's so crunchy on the outside but not dry in the middle. Below is the recipe. Ingredients 800g chicken tenderloins (breast can be used but bash under a piece of glad wrap or baking paper to thin to the same size and cut in half for best results) 1/3 cup plain flour 2 eggs 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs (I use multi gram or … [Read more...]

Zucchini & Parmesan Fritters

Zucchini & Parmesan Fritters Recipe

I made a big batch of these zucchini and parmesan fritters for dinner and used the leftovers in the lunch box the next day.  My kids enjoyed them! Zucchini & Parmesan Fritters This is a simple and easy meal to make. I use a variations of this recipe. Ingredients 2 large /3 medium zucchini (about 400g) 75g self-raising flour (1/2 cup) 40g parmesan cheese, grated (1/2 cup) 1 clove garlic, minced or very finely diced 2 eggs, … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Pizza Night!

Make your own pizza night

I use this simple dough mixture a lot.  I've made scrolls for the lunch box & flat bread for soup, and I also use this recipe for pizza bases sometimes. Personally, I prefer the regular pizza base recipe, however this is so quick and easy and the husband and the kids love it so I often whip this up for a quick & fun dinner night. The children love picking their own toppings to build their pizza and it's a lovely family activity to … [Read more...]

Easy Dinner: Egg in The Basket

Bread Shapes for the lunch box

It was one of those nights when I had very little ingredients to work so I threw together egg in the basket and the kids loved it! The great thing about this one, is I used the left over bread shapes for the lunch box the next day, and I'll show you how. Egg in the Basket This is how I make egg in the basket Ingredients Bread - I used wholemeal bread (2 pieces per serving) Egg (1 per serving) Grated cheese (1 cup is plenty to make … [Read more...]

Easy Flat Bread Recipe

Easy Flat Bread Recipe

If you look at most of the recipes on my blog, they are all really (and I mean really) easy.  I'm not saying this is the best or most perfect way to make flat bread, but it's the way I whip it up, it's delicious and I use it to accompany curries and soups. Plus the leftovers go beautifully in the lunch box. This recipe works as a pizza base too. Ingredients 2 Cups SR Flour (300 grams) 1 Cup Greek Yoghurt (280 grams) Olive Oil (approx … [Read more...]

Apricot Chicken Curry (in a hurry!)

apricot chicken curry in a hurry

Guest Post from Amanda Arnold. This Apricot Chicken Curry is one of the many recipes featured in her cookbook Food before 5 I love quick and simple meals that can be prepared ahead and simply reheated at meal time.  Evenings are often crazy with so many other things to get done that spending an hour cooking dinner is sometimes too much to handle. This is a fantastic recipe that uses mainly pantry ingredients and tastes … [Read more...]

Meatball & Noodle Soup (and how it can be ready in 10 minutes)

meatball noodle soup recipe

It's the kind of soup you can eat all year round. The thing I love most about this simple meal is that it's quick. Very quick.  You see, I'm on a quest to find super quick and easy family meals to make, especially at the moment. Family life has changed a lot this year with all the children at school. My older kids do more extracurricular activities out of school and this leaves us coming home after 7pm on some nights. I've struggled with this … [Read more...]

Easy Meatball Recipe (full of veges)

meatball recipe -- ingredients

Meatballs: They are kid-friendly, versatile and fun to eat.  This is how I make them. Ingredients 250 grams pork mince 250 grams beef mince 1 grated carrot 1 grated zucchini 1 small diced onion 1 egg 1 cup bread crumbs Sweet chili sauce to taste (2-3 tablespoons) Salt and Pepper to taste 2 tablespoons olive oil (for frying) Method 1. Mix all ingredients (expect oil) together in a large bowl. 2. Form … [Read more...]