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New to this - how do you make meals work with youngish kids?

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NumptyMum Sat 11-Jan-14 22:42:03

I'm wanting to try this out but am looking for ideas of what to cook that will work with family meals. I've seen some lovely 5:2 recipes online... but not ones that I can imagine working as meals for DS (6) DD (3) and DH (veggie).

How do people on here manage? I'd been thinking about making fast days soup days, with me only having the soup and not the bread - would that work? I work 4 days a week so would have one 'meal' at work.

TIA smile

jkklpu Sun 12-Jan-14 08:50:51

Each time you cook, make extra and freeze it. If you're fasting, you can still give your kids a meal from the freezer.

MelanieCheeks Mon 13-Jan-14 13:56:50

Firstly, it's only 2 days a week that you need to do anythign different.

Can you skip breakfast and then everyone else has their usual?

Do you have to organise lunches for everyone or is that bit OK?

So it's just evening meals - think protein and veg. You can add potato/ pasta/ rice/ bread to the others meals. So - grilled fish with peas. Chicken breast with tomatoes. Omelette and salad.

Eatriskier Mon 13-Jan-14 18:20:58

I normally feed my kids something they like but I wouldn't eat myself on fast days. That way I'm not tempted to nibble their leftovers and they think they're getting a treat.

Alternatively you could do things like a pasta meal or a curry, but instead of pasta or rice being used substitute with courgette/butternut squash or cauliflower rice.

TalkinPeace Mon 13-Jan-14 19:37:16

think hotel / restaurant
make it a rteat for them to have silly choices on the night that mummy is having her "only I like this" meal
then its all a game and an adventure

tonight I had soup
dh had baked beans
DS had noodles and beef
DD is having pasta

EarSlaps Mon 13-Jan-14 19:57:53

I am a sahm. On FDs I skip breakfast (they never notice, I busy myself unstacking the dishwasher or DH sits with them whilst I shower). Then I have a boiled egg and veg, or some soup for lunch. In the evening I rarely eat anyway, but things like veggie curry without the rice, or a hearty bean casserole would be fine.

DinoSnores Mon 13-Jan-14 21:57:48

I am a SAHM. DH brings me tea and toast in bed while I BF DD normally, so I just skip the toast at breakfast. I skip lunch and just sit with them drinking a cup of tea. I then eat a proper dinner without the carbs or with a smaller portion that I've worked out to be 500 kcal. It's been really easy to stick to as I don't do anything special.

NumptyMum Mon 13-Jan-14 22:29:34

Thanks so much for these replies, they really help me get the idea of what to do. Much appreciated, ladies thanks smile.

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