Easy Family Dinner Options


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Every so often I discover a range of products that makes my life so much easier that even though it is not beauty related I simply HAVE to share it with you.

The Chef Direct by Marathon range of food falls well and truly into this category.

Discovering this range of food has been a complete game changer for my family with our busy schedule of activities.

Chef Direct by Marathon is a range of high quality shelf stable readymade meals that are both nutritious and delicious. There is no compromise on quality.

The range includes:

  • Beef Meatballs in a Rich Tomato & Basil Sauce
  • Chilli Beef & Beans
  • Lamb Shank in Traditional Mint Gravy, &
  • Lamb Shank in Red Wine & Rosemary Sauce.

Marathon Chef Direct Beef Meatballs in Rich Tomato & Basil Sauce

Marathon Chef Direct meals only take literally minutes to serve with no hassle of cooking and prepping.

These meals are perfect on the busy evenings when I’m chauffeuring my youngest son to and from football training, thus losing my usual food prep and cooking time.

On these nights in our household I have started using the Marathon Chef Direct beef meatballs or chilli beef and beans. These meals are so quick to heat up and all I need to do is cook up some pasta to go with it.

Marathon Chef Direct Beef Meatballs in Rich Tomato & Basil Sauce

The beef meatballs heat up in the microwave in just three minutes, yes, it is that quick!

They are also easy and convenient to heat up quickly when I unexpectedly gain a house full of teenagers to feed at the last minute. They love eating the meatballs in bread rolls with avocado and tomato for a quick Winter’s lunch before they all disappear back outside again on their bikes and skateboards!

I think I’m feeding them a bit too well – lol – as they have started appearing at our home on weekends at lunch times more often now for meatball rolls!

Marathon Chef Direct Beef Meatballs in Rich Tomato Sauce & Basil Sauce Served On Rolls

Marathon Chef Direct creations are made fresh and kept that way by use of clever technology and packaging without the need for refrigeration or freezing. Thus, these meals are absolutely perfect for taking on camping trips where there is no handy refrigeration.

Chilli Beef & Beans

Where Marathon Chef Direct meals have come in most handy in my home however is on the one night a week my 18-year-old son has a late night at uni and only arrives home at 9pm.

These nights used to be a real hassle for me where I fed the rest of the family at 7pm and then had to cook again for his 9pm arrival.

Now my son receives his favourite meal on these nights, a mouth-wateringly delicious lamb shank either in a red wine and rosemary sauce or in a traditional mint gravy. The meat on these lamb shanks is so tender it is almost falling off the bone when it is served, and it only takes six minutes in the microwave!

How good does this shank look! Trust me it tastes as good as it looks!

Lamb Shank in Red Wine & Rosemary Sauce

I also love that Chef Direct By Marathon meals contain no chemicals, preservatives or artificial colours. There is no added MSG in any of these meals either.

Marathon uses premium ingredients, sourced locally where possible to achieve the highest quality ready-made meals I’ve ever tasted.

Their meals are so healthy and delicious, and save me so much time!


Lamb Shank In Traditional Mint Sauce

Whether I’m needing a no-stress meal for just one family member or the whole family Chef Direct By Marathon has an easy dinner option for me and my family!

I now have a stash of these meals in my pantry to use as needed!

If you are busy and time poor, and looking for a nutritious convenient ready made dinner option for either yourself or your whole family then I highly recommend the Chef Direct By Marathon range of food. It could just be the perfect solution for your family’s needs too.

The Chef Direct By Marathon range of food is available to buy from IGA.

Which of these meals would you like to eat?

* The above photographed Chef Direct By Marathon meals were kindly gifted to me. All opinions are my own. Full disclosure policy here.