BACK-TO-SCHOOL DINNER RECIPES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Now that school is in full swing, having easy and delicious meals for school nights is essential and let’s be honest, sometimes coming up with quick and easy recipes is not-so-simple to do, kids or not! The key is to prepare hearty home-cooked meals that will keep you away from fast-food restaurants, that aren’t doing your health or your wallet any good.
We’ve put together a list of New Zealand Spring Lamb’s top 3 most popular and kid-friendly meals to help make your life a little easier when it comes to quick weeknight recipes the whole family will be sure to enjoy.
Prep: 5 mins | Cook: 1 hr | Serves: 4 | Cut: Ground
Our Lamb & Eggplant Pasta recipe is a real crowd-pleaser when it comes to the picky-eaters in a household. This dish is an elevated version of the classic “pasta and meat sauce”, your own mom used to make BUT the difference here is that, we’re using more sophisticated and earthy flavours like cumin, cinnamon, and oregano, bringing out a natural sweetness your kids will surely enjoy. This dish calls for New Zealand Spring Lamb’s ground lamb, which is naturally lean and a terrific alternative to fattier proteins. The eggplant is finely diced and is very discreet, allowing for discreet vegetable intake that you will surely enjoy!
Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 15 mins | Serves: 4 |Cut: Leg
Does your child like to eat with their hands? Perfect! This grilled recipe is easy-peasy with a little lemon squeezy and uses one of the most economical cuts of lamb, shoulder. These Lemon Lamb Kebobs are a great option if you’re feeding just the family or all of the neighbourhood kids too. By marinating the cubed New Zealand Spring Lamb’s lamb shoulder overnight, you reduce your cooking time to just 20 minutes! Hint: These kebobs are delicious added to a tabbouleh salad or a pita for lunch the next day!
Prep: 30 mins | Cook: 15 mins | Serves: 4 | Cut: Ground
All you need to do is mention the word “pizza” to your kids and you know you’re going to win at dinner. This recipe can be very versatile, adding or removing toppings as you like. Some kids appreciate a little spice but if yours don’t, feel free to replace the chilli’s with a finely chopped sweet green pepper or any other vegetable you’re trying to get them to eat more of. As a naturally lean meat, New Zealand Spring Lamb’s value added lamb is a wonderful alternative to fattier proteins and can be used in a variety of dishes, such as the Lamb & Eggplant Pasta listed above.
It’s time to stop cooking the same old boring things, and start preparing healthy, new, and exciting dishes to feed your family. Reward yourself after a busy day with these quick and satisfying lamb dishes and take your ‘buds on a culinary adventure!