Shepherds pie

Shepherds pie or cottage pie as it is sometimes called, is a great budget recipe. It is simple, easy, comfort food at it's best. You can have this on the table for under $10.


This meatza is a pizza made with lean mince. It’s almost like a giant Italian-style meatball made into a pizza. Best of all it is low-carb. It's perfect for those following a Paleo diet.

Porcupine balls

Beef mince mixed with rice makes these yummy porcupine meatballs. Bake them in the oven with a simple tomato sauce for a hearty family meal.

Meatballs with couscous

These meatballs with couscous is a great budget-friendly dinner. The sweet-spicy couscous is a nice contrast to the meatballs. You may like to make the meatballs quite plain so that the kids will eat them.

Mince fajitas

This is a Mexican dish with super-powers - inside the meaty filling lurks a bunch of hidden vegetables. So even if your kids baulk at the lettuce and tomato added to the fajitas, you can feel a little bit smug about the fact that they're happily munching into veggies and they don't even know it!

Double Burgers

Takeaway can get pretty expensive when you need to feed the whole family dinner, so make your own burgers! These burger patties taste great and they're great for your budget, too!


The tomato sauce really doesn't need anything more as the sauces in the meatballs seem to flavour the whole dish.

Lucy’s meatloaf

Whoever you are Lucy, your meatloaf recipe is fantastic! This hearty midweek meal uses a mix of beef and pork mince for maximum flavour. Slice the cold leftovers for tasty lunch box sandwiches the following day.

Beef and vegetable dinner

This beef and vegetable dinner is one of the easiest ways to introduce meat to your baby. By cooking it simply and then pureeing it with cooked vegetables, you will have a delicious puree that baby will find easy to eat.


Nothing says winter like a home-baked lasagne! This budget-friendly recipe will make enough to feed eight people or today's dinner, tomorrow night's dinner and some in the freezer for 'I don't want to cook' nights!

Chicken and chorizo meatballs

These tasty morsels of chicken mince and chorizo sausage are perfect to slide into fresh bread rolls or put on a platter with a tasty dipping sauce. Whether you bake or fry them, these will disappear quickly so make a double batch and freeze some for later.