10 Tasty & Nutritious Dinner Ideas To Get The Family Fed Fast

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Embracing the reality that the simpler and faster the meal is to prepare, the more the kids like it, we’ve put together a list of tasty, simple meals that are not only quick and easy, they’re also cost-effective and kid-friendly too.

In the juggle of parenthood, the time and energy we spend on ensuring our family are fed nourishing and appealing meals every single day is significant. Plan, shop, prepare, cook, clean … and repeat! To help you out on those days when you just need a quick and easy option, check out these fantastic dinner ideas for nutritious and kid-friendly meals that get the family fed fast (and don’t create too many dishes in the process!).

1. Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese with Quorn Mince

Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese with Quorn Mince

A delicious, vegetarian, and budget-friendly dinner idea that will leave your tastebuds dancing with delight! Spaghetti bolognese made with Quorn Mince is guaranteed to bring flavour to your table while keeping your wallet happy. Quorn mince is available in all major supermarkets.

This family favourite is just $5 per plate and serves 4.

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2. Easy Chicken and Vegetable Pie

Easy Chicken and Vegetable Pie Recipe

With some frozen pastry, a can of soup, some chicken (or other protein), and some veges that are lurking in the fridge or freezer you can magic up a good old Kiwi-style pie for dinner.

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3. Spaghetti with Easy Sausage Meatballs

Spaghetti with easy sausage meatballs

Use sausages to make meatballs and you have a super quick and tasty meal in no time! The pasta sauce recipe uses passata, cream, garlic, and sugar so it’s super simple but if you want to make it even easier use a store-bought pasta sauce.

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4. Satay Chicken Noodle Salad

Satay Chicken Noodle Salad

This recipe is so delicious – to make it even faster to prepare use the precooked noodles that just need heating in boiling water and a store-bought satay sauce.

If you wish, it’s OK to change out the salad component to whatever your family prefers. Serve up the components so everyone can curate their meal to suit their taste.

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5. Homemade Beef Cheeseburgers

Homemade Beef Cheeseburgers

Make these homemade cheeseburgers for a fun family fakeaways that everyone will love! Adapt the fillings to your family’s tastes and maybe serve with some fries for your own homemade takeaway.

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6. One Pan Lasagne

One Pan Lasagne

If you really love lasagne but don’t want to wait hours and have a sink full of dishes then this one pan lasagne recipe is for you. It has all the delicious flavours but it’s quick and easy!

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7. Quick Pork Fajitas

Quick Pork Fajitas

Pork tenderloin seasoned and sprinkled with cumin is surprisingly tasty but if you have some taco seasoning to hand you could use that as well. Quick to prepare – and the kids can fill and roll their own fajitas.

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8. Quick Mac and Cheese

mac n cheese

Cooking the macaroni in milk is the genius trick in this 3 ingredient mac and cheese. Add cooked bacon pieces or frozen peas in the last five minutes of cooking or pop some blanched broccoli on the side.

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9. One Dish Nasi Goreng

One Dish Nasi Goreng

Ideal for all the family, this fragrant and tasty one-dish version of nasi goreng is quick and easy. If you like a bit of a kick, add some chilli.

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10. Chicken Burrito Bake

Taco chicken bake

This bake is like a lasagne but uses chicken, burritos, and taco mix in layers. If you don’t have taco mix you can make one using equal quantities of cumin, paprika, oregano, and garlic powder plus some chilli to taste.

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