36 Make-Ahead Mince Meals for Busy Families

Weeks are super busy. We all work, we have kids, some of us have school runs or kindy on top of all that. Mince meals are perfect for weekday dinners as they are cheap and quick!

The biggest problem I have personally is getting a decent meal on the table at the end of the day cause dammit – I’m tired. And they want dinner every single night!!!!  Gahhhhh

As many of you know I’ve been a huge fan of Freezer Cooking forever now – in fact, I wrote a whole book on the subject (Once a Month Cooking).

Yes, it takes time on a weekend to do, but it does give you your life back during the week.  Here are more than 30 make-ahead mince meals for busy families – meals that freeze well and are delicious, simple and budget-friendly.  Enjoy!

A super cheap, easy and filling recipe that the whole family will really love. You can use any sort of mince for this recipe, chicken mince, beef mince or pork mince.

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You can add any combination of grated veggies you like – just substitute them for the same amount as below in the recipe.

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Hidden Veggie Porcupine Meatballs 1 | Stay at Home Mum.com.au36 Make-Ahead Mince Meals for Busy Families

Truly”¦maybe we should say they are perfect for ALL occasions!

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Homemade Sausage Rolls | Stay at Home Mum.com.au 36 Make-Ahead Mince Meals for Busy Families

Super cheap and tasty to make and full of delicious winter vegetables and sausage meat with pastry!

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Frugal Old Fashioned Pastie Slab | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

It’s tender, sweet and tangy – flavours playing on your tongue in each bite.

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Glazed Meatloaf | Stay at Home Mum.com.au 36 Make-Ahead Mince Meals for Busy Families

Like all Mums, I’m always trying to get my kids to eat more veggies, this is my secret weapon to get them to gobble them up without the whinge factor.

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veggie filled bolognaise sauce pinnable | Stay at Home Mum.com.au 36 Make-Ahead Mince Meals for Busy Families

You can freeze the chicken mixture in advance, and it can be turned not just into a pie, but add some pasta and you have a fancy pasta dish!

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Chicken Pot Pie | Stay at Home Mum.com.au 36 Make-Ahead Mince Meals for Busy Families

Come on, make some and dig in! This recipe serves up to 8, so it’s enough for a family of 4-5.

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Slow Cooker Lasagna | Stay at Home Mum.com.au 36 Make-Ahead Mince Meals for Busy Families

It is instant gourmet food that you can serve at any time to your loved ones and make each meal more memorable.

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It is simply an explosion of flavours in your mouth and even my children love it!

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indian rice 1 | Stay at Home Mum.com.au 36 Make-Ahead Mince Meals for Busy Families

Using an economical cut of beef, as well as cheap beans, it’s packed with flavour and energy for busy families.

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Warming Mexican Beef Chilli | Stay at Home Mum.com.au 36 Make-Ahead Mince Meals for Busy Families

When you get bored with the Shepherd’s pie, try this one out!

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Golden Bake The One Dish Wonder | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

Whether you are on a gluten-free diet or just don’t have the time to make pie pastry, there’s a pie for you!

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Pastry Free Beef Cheese Pie | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

Add a dollop of sour cream, and diced avocados after removing nachos from oven for a fresh twist.

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Mince Scrolls are hearty and delicious and are perfect for a yummy after school or school holiday snack or lunch idea.

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MINCE 1 | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

Cook in the pan or out on the BBQ, you are going to love these!

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Even the pickiest of kids will be coming back for second serving!!

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cottage pie | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

This doesn’t have the guilt of traditional meatloaf, add a dollop of greek yoghurt, a garden salad and you have a delicious healthy meal for the family.

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Chicken and Spinach Meatloaf | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

Savoury Mince can be used as a main dish or for a filling for pastries, on toast or Shepherds Pie…..the list is endless!

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Savoury Mince | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

I know some beef recipes can be expensive, but this one is not!

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Easy Beef Chow Mein | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

I used Mexican mince (with onion and spices) and whole family absolutely gobbled them up!

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beef | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

There’s something cosy and satisfying about easy meatballs and rich flavoured mushroom gravy sauce.

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Comforting Chicken Meatballs with Mushroom Gravy | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

Yummy finger foods nice and easy for entertaining!

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Chicken and Vegetable Sausage Rolls | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

Like a cross between a big sausage roll and a meatloaf, it looks, smells and tastes great! It’s like a meatloaf but a bit fancier.

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Mince Wellington e1581570162823 | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

It is a little more hearty than our traditional bolognaise sauce – and freezes just beautifully!

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Slow Cooker Beef Ragu | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

You don’t have to go to the takeaway shop and pay a small fortune, just make these yummy balls at home!

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Asian Chicken Meatballs

This is also a very adaptable recipe, if you like, add a little garlic and onion and make larger ‘patties’ so that you can have chicken and apple rissoles.

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Homemade Chicken and Apple Croquettes

They’re so much lighter than beef or lamb meatballs, but just as easy to put together.

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Greek Chicken Meatballs

These doesn’t last a week no matter how many I make!

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Grilled Gooey Cheesy Chicken Rissoles | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

This recipe could also make use of either chicken or pork mince, also chicken breast is a good option.

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Chicken San Choy Bau Recipe 1 | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

Don’t discount turkey mince, it is significantly leaner than chicken and you can’t tell the difference when it is cooked

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Chicken and Spinach Meatloaf | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

We love the way the lamb and rosemary work together in this recipe, and the resulting sausage rolls are super easy, but so good.

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Lamb & Rosemary Sausage Rolls

Soooooo…tater tots, potato royals, whatever you call them, these little balls of fluffy mash with a crispy golden coating are not only pretty cheap to buy, but fantastically versatile!

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Potato Gem Casserole | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

These are delicious little morsels that are easy to throw together and will be gobbled up on Christmas Day!

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Chicken Mince Puff Pastry Bites | Stay at Home Mum

Meatballs are so versatile and the kids LOVE them!!! These lamb meatballs are tasty but not over powering so the kids will eat them!

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Basic Beef Bone Broth 6 | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

This is how my Mum makes rissoles – they are so delicious I thought I’d share the recipe with you!

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French Onion Soup Flavoured Rissoles | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

Which of these mince recipes have you tried?
36 Make-Ahead Mince Meals for Busy Families | Stay at Home Mum

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