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    Hi, I need some ideas for dinners I can prepare in the afternoon, then just heat and eat for dinner later. My DD's swimming lesson is at 5.30pm so I need something we can just walk back in the door and quickly heat up for dinner. The only things i can think of are lasagne and tuna rice casserole, zucchini and carrot slice, but I don't want the family to be eating the same things week after week. Thanks.

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    Do you have a slow cooker? They are great, just pop it on in the morning and dinner is ready that afternoon. Stir frys and curries are good, the longer they sit, the better the flavour too.

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    Default Dinners that can be prepared in the afternoon

    *Savoury mince
    * Shepherds pie
    * Meatloaf
    * Ravioli
    * Soups/stews/casseroles
    * Family sized pies

    All easily heated in oven or on stove top.

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    Stir frys are really quick to cook - literally 5 minutes in a wok - if you chop up all your veggies and marinade your meat and cook the rice before swimming it's ready to go when you walk in the door - there are hundreds of varieties for meats/chicken/seafood/sauces so you will never get bored

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    I often pre cook in the mornings (even sometimes at 4am when I cant sleep) - especially if its something that can be reheated and wont dry out.
    We do:
    - chicken kebabs and vegies
    - sausages and vegetables
    - tuna bake (with pasta and extra vegies)
    - omlettes (we have an omlette maker so all you would need to do is pre chop the vegies you want in it and then throw it in)
    - toasted sandwiches with ham cheese tomato
    - any vegies we have I pre cook so then if we need meat with it (like lamb or steak) its only about 20 minutes away.
    - fried rice with chicken
    - tacos- can precook all of it and just reheat the shells and mixture- pre chop the salad

    I hope this is helpful

    We have cooked today already for tonight, Monday and Tuesday because we leave the house so early and wont get home until 6pm. So all we need to do is reheat. Viola!

    Oh I meant we have toasties sometimes- not that I precook them... bit impossible!

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    I do chicken enchiladas, dh &I have the cooked version while the kids have the separate bits on a plate (chicken, corn, beans) with some rice noodles.

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    I do things like
    roast
    pasta eg...spag bole, pasta bake, lasagna
    baked rice
    snag slice
    casseroles/stews/curries
    chicken eg... fried chicken (like kfc) honey soy/ teriyaki etc... chicken pieces, stir fries
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    Default Dinners that can be prepared in the afternoon

    I agree with slow cookers are great.
    With summer coming up what about some tasty salads with cold meats such as chicken or ham?
    Or "chicken nuggets" ( schnitzel)
    I get chicken breast, slice thinly, crumb and then shallow fry, you can either cook before or leave the crumbed chicken in the fridge until your ready to cook. As it is so thin it takes minutes to cook

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    Default Dinners that can be prepared in the afternoon

    Thanks so much everyone, some great ideas here! Keep them coming if anyone has some more!

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    Oh, and I think tacos are the go for tomorrow as I know I have all the ingredients for that one already!


 

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