Cooked Meats For Easy Weeknight Meals

Weeknight meals are always difficult, particularly when parents are working, and there is a family to feed. One of the easiest ways to enjoy a hearty dinner is to keep a variety of cooked meats in the pantry.

With a wide variety of options to choose from, keeping tinned meats, ham, and specialty deli meats readily available makes it easy to create a delicious meal in just a short amount of time.

To get started, here are a few traditional options for fast and easy meals that are made using cooked meats as one of the ingredients. Different cooks may have their own version of these classics, and trying different combinations of ingredients, spices, and even meats is always an adventure.


Ham is one of the most versatile meats, and it can be combined in sandwiches and toasties or added to a side of Colcannon or champ. These traditional potato dishes offer a hearty side that is perfect with the salty to sweet flavours of baked or honey ham.

Ham is also a traditional option to add to a meat tray with cheeses, vegetables, and pickles for a more casual meal on a busy day. Other cooked meats are a perfect addition to this option.

Spiced Beef

Warmed up and served with red cabbage, gravy, and mashed potatoes, spiced beef is a great autumn and winter meal. In the summer, enjoy spiced beef cold on sandwiches paired with sweet red onions and your favourite hearty bread.

Corned Beef

One of the easiest ways to enjoy tinned corned beef is to make a hash. Combined with red potatoes, onions, and topped with an egg, this is a fry-up that is quick, tasty, and provides a substantial meal for the whole family. It can also be enjoyed as a breakfast option and is an ideal weekend brunch option as well.

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