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Father of four tamariki
The kids help in the kitchen by cooking simple meals like French Toast, and the oldest one makes some mince-based meals.
The kids also help around the kitchen by peeling, grating, gathering kai and cutting veges.
Have some easy meals on hand like supermarket pizza base and add healthy toppings and vegetables – healthier, cheaper and tastier than takeaway pizzas.
Involve the kids in shopping, so you get the healthy food they like and you don’t waste your money.
Peter’s favourite recipe
Evening meals can be a challenge after a long day. Check out these low-cost, quick and easy options.
Mince is a versatile family meal. You can make a range of mouth-watering meals the whānau will love by simply changing the way you serve it! From cottage pie or toasties to wraps or lasagne, this basic mince means a tasty family meal is not far away.
Perfect as an entree or main. Great for feeding a crowd. Try this for your next pot luck dinner dish - it's sure to be a favourite.
Tasty, healthy dessert the whole family will enjoy.
A tasty twist on traditional coleslaw. Roasted peanuts add crunch and flavour.
Rice for dinner one night and then a tasty salad the next. Save left-over rice for this great family salad.
Hearty and wholesome. This delicious salad uses 2 cans of beans and 1 can of corn as it's base - then add any other salad ingredients you have on hand.
Slow chicken = fast dinner! Come home to dinner. Set the slow cooker or crockpot going in the morning and when you get home, your chicken will be moist, tender and ready to enjoy!
Fuel your day with these tasty fritters. Great hot or cold. Fritters also make a great lunch or a snack.
A tasty lunch or dinner. Make a double batch and save leftovers for the lunch box or an easy on-the-go breakfast.
The spicy beans are perfectly matched with the sweet roasted pumpkin - it's sure to quickly become a family favourite.