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NoSherryForMe Sat 22-Apr-17 18:17:55

I try to be organised and make sure my DD(3) doesn't get to the RAAAARRR HANGRY stage, but sometimes life intervenes or I miscalculate. Please, please share your top meals that can be prepared in minutes on the hob and/or microwave (heating the oven takes too long in this situation!) DD is in danger of turning orange from surfeit of beans/scrambled eggs/spaghetti hoops on toast!

CatsCantFlyFast Sat 22-Apr-17 18:26:53

Eggs. Omelette or scrambled with salmon/veg thrown in

Pasta isn't quite as fast but is my go to - with soft cheese and veg/ham stirred through

Or hold of the hanger with fruit and I do baked salmon and veg - 15-20 mins

Otherwise I'm not adverse to a bowl of porridge or weetabix with fruit if it's a real emergency. I'd probably then give cheese and fruit as an additional snack before bed

CatsCantFlyFast Sat 22-Apr-17 18:27:20


AndNoneForGretchenWieners Sat 22-Apr-17 18:29:13

Fish finger sandwich. Pasta with marmite or pesto.

gastropod Sat 22-Apr-17 18:29:58

Pasta-pasto-broccoli with fresh pasta for maximum speed (three minutes total cooking time!).
Noodles with soya beans (and shredded leftover chicken or pork if happen to have some in fridge)
Pitta bread with cheese and passata inside (pizza style)
Fried potatoes and bacon and peas (cut potatoes into little cubes and they cook very quickly indeed)

TalkingofMichaelAngel0 Sat 22-Apr-17 18:30:42

Chicken, veg, chopped garlic, stock and rice.

Goosewings Sat 22-Apr-17 18:31:30

Cover one with cheese, slice of ham and chopped pepper. Put another wrap on top. Microwave for 30 seconds so the cheese melts.
Use scissors to cut in to triangles.
You can add a dip too if you can be bothered.

NoSherryForMe Sat 22-Apr-17 18:32:44

Thank you! I'd forgotten about the joy of pitta bread.

Pasta takes too long, alas, in this situation, but anything that can be shallow-fryed, nuked or toasted is ideal!

My current emergency repertoire is:
Tinned orange stuff on toast
Tinned orange stuff plus scrambled eggs on toast
Stir-fried noodles with veg and egg

ModerateBecomingGoodLater Sat 22-Apr-17 18:32:45

Tin of sweetcorn, eaten with fingers, while you prepare the main course.

Elllicam Sat 22-Apr-17 18:34:23

Egg fried rice (or noodles). Pan fry some veg, I usually part microwave the rice of noodles and then chuck them in and break a couple of eggs in. Cook it for a couple minutes and it's done.

Elllicam Sat 22-Apr-17 18:34:54

Ah I see you already make it smile

MyHairIsMyHair Sat 22-Apr-17 18:35:54

Pizza wrap

Turn in the grill
Smear tomato puree on a wrap
Sprinkle on cheese and sweetcorn and chopped ham
Grill for a couple of minutes
Apply to face

Backhometothenorth Sat 22-Apr-17 18:37:11

Cheese or cheese and ham toastie
Cous cous and veg
Banana milkshake (just banana and milk in blender)
Porridge with peanut butter
Houmous, pitta, carrot and cucumber

I try to freeze little portions of macaroni cheese, lasagne etc when I make them so I have emergency meals to hand

Littlecaf Sat 22-Apr-17 18:38:58

Courgette scramble. Grated courgette, egg, bread crumbs.

Or boiled dippy egg & soldiers.

EsmesBees Sat 22-Apr-17 18:39:47

Cous cous with tomato pasta sauce from the freezer. Much quicker than pasta.

adjsavedmylife Sat 22-Apr-17 18:40:21

Pancakes. 'Two cheese' ones go down well here (not fancy don't worry) Spread cream cheese on them then grate cheddar over the top. Bit of ham if you like. My son can't shovel them in fast enough and the batter keeps for a few days in the fridge so the next round is even quicker!

Deploycharitygoats Sat 22-Apr-17 18:42:00

Eggy bread. I chuck it at DS1 whenever he gets hangry. You earn goodwill too if you serve it with a dollop of ketchup for dunking purposes. You can chop some tomato and cucumber or steam frozen veg in the microwave as it it cooks. 3 minutes, tops.

Any leftover eggy bread is great with chilli sauce. Just saying.

HeyMicky Sat 22-Apr-17 18:42:32

Poach a piece of salmon in milk in the microwave. Serve with peas and baked beans, also done in the microwave.

Cook pasta, stir in chopped ham, peas, tinned sweet corn, cream cheese and a sprinkle of cheddar. Some frozen spinach if they'll eat it.

Eggy bread

Quesadillas - spread a wrap with cream cheese and avocado, sprinkle over ham, chopped tomatoes, grated cheese, mushrooms etc, top with another wrap and fry gently on each side until the cheese is melted

Keep a batch of veg muffins in the freezer to thaw in the microwave and serve with soup

Fried rice

RatOnnaStick Sat 22-Apr-17 18:43:01

Fresh filled pasta does the trick here. Boil kettle, 2 mins in boiling water, serve with sauce stirred through.

LapinR0se Sat 22-Apr-17 18:44:06

Option a
Salmon fillet fried in the pan
Uncle bens microwave basmati rice
Tin of sweetcorn

Option b
Avocado slices
Halved cherry tomatoes
Bread & butter

Dozer Sat 22-Apr-17 18:44:47

Weetabix blush

Oysterbabe Sat 22-Apr-17 18:45:02

Mine is frozen spinach microwaved then mix with a couple of beaten eggs and microwave until set.
My 16 month old would eat this every day if I let her.

Limitededition7inch Sat 22-Apr-17 18:46:29

Tortilla pizzas - spread on some passata, top with cheese, ham and spinach and grill for 5 mins.

Cheesy beans

Scrambled eggs and toast

Bowl of chopped fruit with a Petit Filous mixed through

NoSherryForMe Sat 22-Apr-17 18:49:11

These are all great, thanks! And how could I have forgotten about fresh filled pasta??

fuzzyfozzy Sat 22-Apr-17 18:49:13

Pasta pesto cheese
Optional oregano and chilli

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