Hi and Welcome to Fabulous Family Food from DonnaDundas.co.uk

I’m Donna and as a busy working mum, I know how hard it can be to fill meal plans every week, finding food that the kids enjoy, that’s tasty, filling, and reasonably healthy, often while shopping on a budget and keeping everyone happy. 

Donna, husband and kids outside

That’s why I’m on a mission to help other parents, and busy people, find easy recipes, perfect for midweek meals, treat nights, and special occasions. Taking the stress out of meal planning and hopefully even helping you to have some fun in the kitchen. 

About Me

I’m a thirtysomething (I’m desperately clinging to “early 30’s” but have to admit that it’s pushing it a bit now!) mum, living in Sheffield with my husband and two kids. 

Donna selfie

I mainly work as a blogger, here and on my fitness and lifestyle blog at https://happyirl.co.uk.

When I’m not blogging, I run the website for my husband’s 28mm Miniature Painting business DundasMiniatures.

When I’ve got time I like to read, and enjoy going to the gym, yoga, and running. I’m not a big gym bunny, but I really really like to eat, so there has to be a pretty active balance!

That said, I’m still always half a stone heavier than I’d really like… It’s muscle!!

Donna and daughter out in the woods

I love baking, either on my own or with the kids. But, honestly prefer good old simple recipes. I bake birthday cakes for the kids and I get so stressed out about it, I don’t know how anyone bakes for other people. If you are looking for fancy cakes, you won’t find them here!

What You Can Expect to Find on DonnaDundas.co.uk

But, if you are looking for straightforward, simple meals that families love and easy sweet treats and puddings then you’ve come to the right place!

I’m a big fan of keeping things as simple as possible. If I see a big recipe with loads of ingredients, things I’ve never heard of, 100 steps and 17 pans, I’ll think “what can I take out? What can I swap with something in my cupboard? How can I do it in one pan?”

I’m very much a use what you’ve got, or what you can afford, and keep things as simple as possible type cook, and I don’t think that you always need to use the best of everything or follow the rules to get a tasty meal. 

If you and your family are eating and you are happy, it’s a win!

Some of my favourite things to make, and share include:

Great Ways to Use Up Leftovers

Cooking with leftovers is something that I’m really passionate about. 

We love a big Sunday lunch, and have one most week, even if we have to fit it around husbands rota and other plans. 

But, I hate waste. I’ll do what I can to avoid it. While a sandwich is fine, there is so much more that you can do with leftover Sunday lunch meat. My Beef StroganoffBeef Ragu, and Lamb Curry are all perfect for cooking with leftovers. 

Check out all of my leftovers recipes for some fantastic ideas. 

Easy Midweek Meals

Midweek meals used to be the bane of my life. Finding time to cook around swimming lessons, homework, my work, husbands later shifts, school runs, and everything else, without just putting “spag bol” and “cottage pie” on the meal plan every week was so stressful!

Now, these meals are my favourites. Having some really simple meals in your arsenal, especially if they are things that everyone loves, makes life so much easier. Sausages are a big feature in our midweek meals, with sausage hotpot being a particular favourite. 

If you need a little more inspiration, take a look at my easy midweek meals recipes


I used to be so scared of making curries at home. I still buy the occasional sauce jar if I’m being honest. But, homemade curries are so much easier than you might think, especially once you’ve made a few and your spice shelf is starting to fill up!

However, I should say that my curries aren’t particularly authentic or fancy. They are easy and taste good though. 

Easy Loaf Cakes

Once you’ve got a basic sponge recipe, there’s so much that you can do in a loaf tin. From Lemon Curd to Nutella, I love a super simple loaf cake, and there’s not much better than a thick slice with a cup of tea in the afternoon. 

Fun Brownies

Same with brownies. Once you’ve got the basic recipe, you can start adding different flavours and treats. Brownies are one of my favourites and I love baking them almost as much as eating them!

Fabulous Cookies

I was so determined to make the perfect chewy chocolate chip cookie that I made about 10 batches in 2 weeks. The kids loved it! I really believe that my recipe is perfect though, and encourage you to give it a go!

Meal Planning

I love meal planning. It saves time and money and helps you to think of new things to try. But I appreciate that it’s not always easy. That’s why I want to share my meal planning template, as well as an example of one of our weekly family meal plans!

Get in Touch!

Donna and daughter smiling at camera

I love hearing from you, and nothing makes me happier than seeing a picture of a bake, or hearing that someone has enjoyed one of my recipes. 

I don’t even mind a suggestion or critique as long as it’s helpful!

So please do get in touch. 

You can find me on TwitterInstagramFacebook, and Pinterest

Or, email me at donna @ donnadundas .co .uk or leave a comment on a post. 

It really would be lovely to hear from you, and if you want to keep in touch, and stay up to date with my new recipes and posts you can subscribe to my newsletter.

Work with Me

If you are a brand, or PR agency and would like to get in touch about working with me on a sponsored post, recipe development, or a product please get in touch via my work with me page

Where to Go Next

If you are looking for easy meals perfect for busy families – head to my Easy Midweek Meals index

Got a bowl of roast beef to use up – Try some of my Leftovers Recipes

Fancy an easy sweet treat – Give my CakesBiscuits, or Brownies a go

I hope you enjoy my recipes, if there’s anything that you’d like to see, please do get in touch in one of the ways listed above!