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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.
We absolutely love a family dinner, and especially a 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 love to use my air fryer, for a variety of recipes, and am a big fan of slow cooker joints of meat too. I love being able to make my own gravy, using the meat juices, and my favourite roast dinners have a ton of vegetable side dishes with them, particularly air fryer potato dishes!
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!
In the post I’m going to share with you all of my favourite roast dinner recipes, to help you feed your family a taste meal, on a budget, with minimal effort but maximum flavour!
Roast dinner recipes
Delicious, tasty, frugal roast dinner recipes that take minimal effort and are cheap to make too.
If you’re looking for something a little different then this pulled pork is ideal. You’ll probably have lots of leftovers for sandwiches during the busy week and you can even use the fat to make a lovely load of crackling in the oven if you’re using that to cook your trimmings up.
I sometimes make this gravy in advance, and just heat it through on the hob for a couple of minutes before serving. This is a great way to speed up the roast dinner serving time, especially if you’re just serving up from the air fryer and slow cooker like I often am.
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.
Just like the Marmite roast potatoes these are delicious potatoes, made with the addition of OXO cubes. These are delicious, packed full of flavour and so simple to make too. A great chance from the bog standard roast potatoes!
When you want to serve something a little different be sure to give these hasselback potatoes a go. They take just a few minutes to prepare and they're a real show stopper - perfect for when you've got a hungry crowd to feed.
When I want a super simple side dish I like to open a tin of potatoes and make these air fryer canned potatoes. They’re super simple, tasty and delicious. A great way to make a fast side dish with minimal effort.
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!