Simple meals my nanny can cook / heat up

(13 Posts)
CoucouCache Thu 17-Jan-13 22:45:43

DD1 is 5yo, DD2 is 18months and a pain in the kitchen - pulling things out of cupboards, climbing to get to the stove, and moaning whenever we cook.

I'm going back to work full-time and we're going to employ an after-school nanny. I know how difficult it will be for her to cook and keep an eye on the kids, especially the little one.

So, I'm looking for ideas as to what she can cook or heat up for the girls.
All I can think of is pasta with tomato sauce, or pasta and pesto with peas.
Any other ideas?
TIA smile

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 17-Jan-13 22:47:43

Beans on toast
Fishfingers
Does it have to be hot?

Jollymummy2 Thu 17-Jan-13 23:01:02

Are you looking at hot, filling dinners?
What about shepherds pie, or casserole/stew. Do you have a slow cooker? I use mine all the time in the colder weather.

Selks Thu 17-Jan-13 23:05:21

Risotto
Fish cakes
Baked fish
Jacket potatoes
Soup
Casseroles
Roast some skin-on chicken breasts and roast veg

CoucouCache Thu 17-Jan-13 23:06:19

Yes, preferably hot dinners in this cold weather.
One thought was fish fingers beans and mashed potatoes (which can be heated up in micro).
Another was pizza and pre-cooked shepherds pie

Yes we do have a slow cooker, but it would mean me doing a lot of chopping and cooking before work, which I'm not sure I'd have time to do.

CoucouCache Thu 17-Jan-13 23:07:55

Would it be okay to heat up risotto in micro? I thought it was a bit dodgy to reheat rice?

The girls don't like soup.

ceeveebee Thu 17-Jan-13 23:15:34

When you say an 'after school nanny' - where will your DD2 be during the day - nursery? Maybe start the nanny an hour/ or two earlier one day a week so she can do some batch cooking

Our nanny looks after our 14 mo twins and usually cooks while they nap but sometimes while they are playing. She makes

Spag bol
Cottage pie
Fish pie
Cauli cheese and ham
Sausage casserole
Chicken casserole
Chicken and mushroom pie
Tuna pasta bake
Beef casserole
Fish in white sauce with veg
Omelettes or Scambled eggs
Lasagne

Between me and our nanny we keep the freezer fully stocked with portions of food so never run out.

CoucouCache Thu 17-Jan-13 23:19:49

thanks for all the good ideas here.
does anyone have a recipe for a good sausage casserole and tuna bake.
unfortunately, DD1 is allergic to eggs.

ceeveebee - DD2 will be at nursery during the day.
we're quite prepared to do batch cooking in evenings, just need some ideas smile

FantasticDay Thu 17-Jan-13 23:22:42

Sardines on toast
Soup

ceeveebee Thu 17-Jan-13 23:32:39

Tuscan sausage stew from Fay Ripley family food:
(serves 4 adults)
1 tbsp olive oil
6 sausages
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 stick celery, chopped
1 medium red pepper, chopped
1 organic chicken stock cube
2x400g tins chopped tomatoes
1x410g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tnsp good quality pesto optional

(1) pre-heat oven to 180C, Gas 6, heat oil in casserole dish and brown sausages for 5 mins
(2) add onion, carrot, celery and pepper to soften, adding a little more oil if needed and cook for 10 mins
(3) dissolve stock cube in a mug of boiling water and add to the pot with tinned tomatoes, cannellini beans, tomato puree, bay leaf and oregano, bring to a simmer
(4) cook in oven with lid on for 30-40 mins, stir in pesto and serve immediately

CoucouCache Thu 17-Jan-13 23:38:51

Thanks ceeveebee sounds delicious and will make next week.
does the dish freeze well?

ceeveebee Thu 17-Jan-13 23:45:27

Yes, its fine to freeze.
I recommend Fay Ripley's book, its full of nice recipes and she has a guidenote on adapting them for babies/toddlers

CoucouCache Fri 18-Jan-13 07:36:34

thanks
any more ideas?

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