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We absolutely love a family dinner or Sunday roast. There is something so social about gathering together around a big helping of delicious food. Typically roast dinners conjure up memories of family times for me, being together and asking my Mum “How long until dinner?” and the answer never actually being factual. A roast dinner is always time-consuming and if you have limited days at home together your time may feel too sacred for a big roast. I’m going to share with you some of my favourite easy roast dinner recipes. These ingredients are packed with flavour, frugal, hearty and real crowd-pleasers too.
One of my biggest tips for preparing a roast dinner is to use a slow cooker. You can place your meat joint on to cook first thing in the morning, or even overnight, and then enjoy the first part of the day with your family. Not only can you cook your meat, making it lovely and tender, but you can have vegetables and even the base of a tasty gravy cooking all in one pot. With minimum effort!
Why not change up the classic roast dinner sides?
I love the usual roast dinner trimmings but prefer to make things a little easier on myself! We have an air fryer and I love to use this to reduce the number of dishes in the oven at one time. With my air fryer, it takes next to no time to cook air fryer roast potatoes and air fryer parsnips. Don’t forget to keep back any leftover potato for their a potato waffle or perhaps some tasty tuna fishcakes.
Did you know it is really simple to make your own stuffing! I’ve gone for a rustic look with my sage and onion stuffing. You can also blitz it in your food processor to make it look a little more like ‘normal’ stuffing. I often freeze herbs so I have them on hand but you can use dried sage and it will still taste delicious!
No roast dinner would be complete without a rich, hearty gravy! I love to make onion gravy and often use the stock made while slow cooking a joint of meat.
My favourite roast dinner would have to be chicken. I love to use the tips from my stretch a roast chicken post to stretch things a little. Sometimes leftovers will be turned into a chicken, spinach & filo pie or a chicken & mushroom pie.
What about dessert?
If you’ve already got your oven on cooking up your favourite treats why not make a simple but tasty looking dessert? This chocolate ripple cheesecake is really simple to make but looks, and tastes, absolutely lovely!
If you’re looking to enjoy a simple dessert, such as ice cream, then this salted caramel sauce is a simple way to bring a little flare to dessert without a lot of effort.
If you want to keep your dessert super simple then my 3 ingredient mug cake ticks that box!
I hope you find these easy roast dinner recipes helpful! They are designed to be frugal, tasty and flavoursome. I love meal planning and if you want to see some of my other recipes I’ve got just the thing for you: