I know there are some general meal ideas threads but my main issue is the days we get home from after school activities at 6/6.30 and have to start dinner. Occurs to me with so many families with both parents working this must be a common issue?? We have pasta one night and beans on toast the other! Or in summer might pick up cooked chicken and have with salad. Next term I could have 3 nights like this so tipping over into the more nights than not if we include Friday night pizza!!
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01-06-2016 12:26 #1Senior Member
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Last minute meals?
01-06-2016 12:36 #2Senior Member
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Slow cooker. Put it on on the morning - ready for dinner.
Prep everything during the day (and I have a 3yo that needs supervision or attention 24/7) but he helps me cut things up, measure things etc etc has done so since he could walk.
Cook a big batch. Either it lasts a few days or freeze for another time. Cook on the weekend and freeze.
01-06-2016 12:36 #3
Frittata or omelette (all you really need is some eggs and vegies)
Stir fry can be quick - leftover or frozen meat, vegies, rice or noddles. Keep a jar of paste (we often use red thai curry and a can of coconut milk) in the fridge.
Meat and vegies - we keep something frozen, not always healthy but really easy. Like chicken nuggets or dim sims etc.
Burritos - can make with wraps, salad ingredients, can of beans or meat, cheese, salsa etc
Pizza - frozen bases or even frozen wraps will work as a base. Add tomato paste, cheese and anything nice/leftover you have in your fridge. Very easy to personalise to different tastes too.
Eta. For weeks you know you're going to be busy, try to make a meal that will have leftovers for the next day.
Also microwave rissotto is fantastic! It can be vegetarian or with leftover meat (or frozen chicken breast), aborio rice, herbs & stock (we use powdered stock) and vegies. Put everything in a microwave safe dish with about 0.5-1 litre of water/stock and microwave covered for about 20 mins (stop every 5 mins and stir). Stir through cheese and butter to taste once cooked.
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01-06-2016 12:37 #4
I was going to suggest Lebanese bread pizzas - very quick to throw together and quick to cook.
- Frozen fish fillets/oven chips/frozen veg
- Batch cook bolognaise sauce on the weekend and have in the fridge ready to heat
- Hamburgers (pre-prepared patties, grab some rolls). Oven chips as a side
- Sausages & salad
- Slow cooker meals - you can prep in the morning and it'll be ready when you get home
- Toasted sandwiches
01-06-2016 13:42 #5
Salmon tacos or wraps is my after footy training quick dinner !
By the time you heat your pan you can cut salmon filet into strips, squeeze lemon, olive oil and paprika over them then fry 1-2 mins each side, meanwhile shred lettuce, chop tomato, mash avocado and lemon juice and grate tasty cheese, warm wraps and it's done - ten minutes and then they just make their own wraps - you could do the same with prawns, steak strips or even chicken schnitzel
01-06-2016 13:44 #6
I do as much food prep as possible on Sunday, so everything is ready to throw onto the stove on weeknights.
Otherwise, like PPs - we do omelettes packed with vegies, leftovers, make sauces/curries/casseroles on the weekends and freeze, healthy home made burgers (just have to cook the patties).
01-06-2016 13:55 #7
I meal plan now so the busy afternoons I would do tacos, spaghetti, pasta dish or grab some fish to quickly do at home and the nights I have more time I would do meals like lasagna, Shepherds pie stuff I can freeze and reheat on a night we get home late.
Winter is also the time I bring out the slow cooker and put that on when ds has his nap to cook for the afternoon
01-06-2016 14:18 #8
01-06-2016 14:20 #9Senior Member
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01-06-2016 14:30 #10
I always find it quick to fry up a steak and make a salad while it's cooking. Alternatively, the slow cooker is great. You cold put a Mexican style beef mince on in the morning, have some wraps, sour cream & lettuce etc at home ready to go for a tasty dinner. Slow cooker soups are great in winter with a nice bit of buttery toast.
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