Wandering through a supermarket vacantly wondering what to make for dinner is an experience we can all identify with. Coming up with nutritious meals for the whole family on a daily basis can be daunting – especially when you’re busy. Lean red meat is a great option, it’s versatile and can be an be used to create a variety of quick, easy and above all tasty midweek meals.
Red meat is also a great source of vitamins and minerals that help support health and wellbeing, so it’s not surprising that it’s become a well-loved staple for many families. And while we all have our frequent favourites, there’s such a great variety of dishes you can make with red meat! BritMums recently teamed up with Welsh Lamb, Love Pork and The Scotch Kitchen in search of family-friendly recipes using lean pork, beef or lamb.
We asked members of our foodie community to come up with a midweek meal incorporating lean red meat and to cook and prepare it for the family. As ever, they rose to the challenge and we were most impressed with the results! Here’s a selection of some of their most mouthwatering dishes…
Lovely family lamb recipes
Lamb is naturally rich in protein, low in salt and provides seven essential vitamins and minerals: niacin (vitamin B3), vitamins B6 and B12, zinc, potassium, phosphorus and pantothenic acid. Easy to see why it makes a great addition to mealtimes!
Everything Mummy came up with this yummy Morrocan Lamb Tagine that can be made on the hob, oven or slow-cooker. So simple!
Rainy Day Mum also enlisted the help of her trusty slow cooker for this tender Lamb Stew.
Birds and Lillies came up with this lush Harissa Lamb Meatballs With a Veg-Filled Pasta Sauce dish. The addition of sneaky veg in the sauce is always a winner in our book whenever we’re cooking for kids!
More easy lamb family recipes
Perfect midweek pork recipes
Not only can pork be lean, it’s also naturally rich in protein, low in salt and provides 10 essential vitamins and minerals: thiamin (vitamin B1), niacin (vitamin B3), vitamins B6 and B12, riboflavin, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, selenium and pantothenic acid.
Extraordinary Chaos made these divine Pork and Basil Meatballs which can be served with pasta or in a wrap. Yum!
This Glorious Life added a clever pork twist to the traditional family favourite Spaghetti Bolognese. Tasty!
You can’t beat a hearty stew in the winter. Coffee, Cake Kids slow cooked this veg-packed and warming Pork, Leak and Butternut Squash stew which looks absolutely delicious.
More easy family pork recipes
- Oriental Honeyed Pork with pork fillet from Mummy’s Diary
- Pork, Leek & Butternut Squash Stew from Coffee, Cake, Kids
Brilliant beef recipes
Beef is popular for a reason. It’s naturally rich in protein, low in salt and provides eight essential vitamins and minerals: iron, niacin (vitamin B3), vitamins B6 and B12, zinc, riboflavin, potassium and phosphorus.
Someone’s Mum created these non-spicy Beef Fajitas with Honey and Garlic Sauce and points out “You can use lean meat and pack your fajitas with vegetables to make this a tasty and satisfying meal for the whole family.” Yes please!
For families with a spicier palette, this Beef Rendang with Deep Fried Enoki Mushrooms by Country Heart and Home is an absolute winner.
Mum in the Madhouse took a traditional approach and gave it a twist: She invented these brilliant Yorkshire pudding wraps — a fun way to eat beef and a great idea for leftovers too.
More easy family beef recipes
- 30-minute Beef Teriyaki from Susan Mann
- Ginger Beef, Cashew Nuts, Mushroom and Kale Stir Fry from A Dad’s Table
- Batch cooking tips for Spaghetti Bolognese, Beef Lasagne and Cottage Pie by The Oliver’s Madhouse