Family dinner planner: Week One

There are few things that parents hate thinking about more than what to cook for dinner. Essential Kids is doing the thinking for you with our weekly dinner planner. Simply print out the list and stick it to the fridge and next time a family member asks “What’s for dinner?” you can point them in the direction of the fridge. These are our dinner winners this week.

Spaghetti and meatballs: A classic recipe that can be easily pulled together and it will make a nice change to Spaghetti Bolognese. The only danger is that the kids might be begging you for this meal every night of the week.

Hoi sin lamb chops: Succulent, tasty and quick. Three of our favourite things! Complemented perfectly by crisp green beans. Need help getting kids to eat their greens? Nutritionist Joanna McMillan has some tips for you.

Weekly dinner winners.
Weekly dinner winners. 

Chicken and chorizo hot pot: One of the best things about the colder months is all the delicious one-pot meals you can cook. This one is packed full of flavour and if you want to cut back on the calories substitute the side of rice or slice of bread with some freshly-steamed vegetables. We know it's hard - if you are anything like us carbs are all you dream about in winter.

Quick chicken stir-fry with sugar snap peas, capsicum, coriander and boiled rice: We think the title tells you everything you need to know about this dish. Quick. Need we say more?

Pan-fried chicken with mustard cream sauce: Another one-pan meal that is sure to be a hit with the kids. Even better - it will be ready before you know it.

Easy cheesy beef cannelloni: The perfect leftover meal. This will taste even better the next day for lunch or pop the leftovers in the freezer and bring them out again for next week. You won't hear any complaints.

Flathead in beer batter with homemade tartare: If your family doesn't usually eat fish this is a great one to start on.

See the photo gallery of these meals here.