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Evening meal ideas for DC's who have hot school meals and whose mum is on a tight budget.

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cafebistro Wed 02-Jan-13 19:59:22

Sorry posted before I'd finished - I suppose I'll play it by ear then on how hungry they'll be.

cafebistro Wed 02-Jan-13 19:58:27

Good point about the school meal portions being small.

Rooobs Wed 02-Jan-13 14:57:03

oh and chicken fried rice, i.e. cooked chicken (or ham) with rice, peas, sweetcorn and garlic. Maybe an egg if they're lucky smile

3ForMe Wed 02-Jan-13 14:53:29

Just wanted to add a toastie or a sandwich with a cup a soup.

But would have suggested all the others on here.

And school portions are tiny!

And don't forget cheap, filling puds like rice pudding, bananas and custard, sponge and custard.

Cup a soups are on offer for 50p in asda (batchelors I think) and own brand rice pudding is about 40p a tin.

wheredidiputchristmas Wed 02-Jan-13 14:52:02

My dd's have cooked lunches at school, but always have a cooked dinner at home as well as A) school dinners aren't that big and B) dd2 is in reception and has her lunch at 11.30 so come 4.30/5pm she is staving.

2Tired2GiveaShit Wed 02-Jan-13 14:48:26

Sausage egg and chips
Beans on toast
Scrambled egg on toast
chips and gravy
Toastie sandwiches:- beans/cheese/ leftover spag bol/tuna the fillings for them are endless really!

ggirl Wed 02-Jan-13 14:47:46

ds has a hot meal again at night as we'rehaving one that unusual then?
he's very skinny but says the portions are teeny at school

Rooobs Wed 02-Jan-13 14:41:56

soup (Heinz tomato beats anything I make apparently hmm )
breadsticks, hummous and grapes
tuna sandwiches
boiled egg and dippy soldiers
tuna mayo/sweetcorn and pasta

cafebistro Wed 02-Jan-13 13:18:24

Thanks for all the suggestions.
Cogito - a picky tea sounds fab and I'll definitely do that when the weather gets a bit warmer.

xroads - I'm not a massive meat so cutting back on that should be quite easy. I'm a mince and chicken sort of person rather than a shoulder of lamb like my xp. We have a slow cooker but it's xp's but I may try to hide it before he moves out wink.

Tortoise - my DC's are 7, 4 and 2 so only little really.

Picturesinthefirelight Wed 02-Jan-13 13:10:04

Mine have a hot meal at school and usually ask for soup or a sandwich/ wrap for tea.

They also love pasta sauce made with passata which is really cheap.

Tortoiseonthehalfshell Wed 02-Jan-13 13:08:13

On days when mine is at nursery (she's 4) and has a hot meal, I tend to do things like this:

Beans & cheese in a baked potato. Or tuna mayonnaise
Pasta bolognaise, but with only a teensy bit of meat, mostly tomato sauce (& I grate a courgette through the sauce, the taste disappears)
Home made pizza - don't have to have much on it at all, just some tomato paste and grated cheese and maybe a bit of ham or tinned pineapple
Scrambled eggs on toast
Soup & toast. Mine adore pea and ham soup, very cheap and can be made in bulk. Or potato and broccoli, or pumpkin - starchy vegetables, basically. Not chicken broth with greens.

Basically I figure, they've had vegetables at lunchtime and I offer fruit as snacks, so I don't worry so much about a complete meal and focus on filling them up! But I do offer a hot meal rather than cold, just because it's usually the cheaper option. I am time poor and mine are grumpy in the afternoons so I choose things I can pre-cook in bulk and freeze into portions - cheaper that way. I don't know how old yours are, and how the calorie needs change, but my four year old is skinny as a rake and often eats, literally, more than I do, so I feel qualified to comment.

Xroads Wed 02-Jan-13 13:04:13

Pasta, jacket potatoes, mince, eat less meat and invest in a slow cooker (you can use it for loads of things, best of all it uses less electric than a cooker)

I'm going to be a tight budget this year too my plan is to make things like:

pasta sauce (can be made cheaply with tinned toms, garlic, herbs and a bit of cheese grated on top) with garlic bread, fruit or yogurt for pudding

Jacket potato, beans and salad with a biscuit for pudding.

pizza, salad, wedges with angel delight (smart price)

fishfingers, waffles and peas

mushroom risotto, broccoli, carrots and fruit for after


CogitoErgoSometimes Wed 02-Jan-13 13:00:32

We have grand tradition of what we call a 'picky tea'.... things like wraps or rolls, a yoghurt, piece of fruit, cereal bar etc. It's basically a packed lunch!

cafebistro Wed 02-Jan-13 12:56:44

I also have a 2yo but can make her something more substantial for her lunch if need be.

CMOTDibbler Wed 02-Jan-13 12:56:32

My ds has a hot meal at school, and in the evening he doesn't want more than beans on toast or toast and soup - that sort of thing.

cafebistro Wed 02-Jan-13 12:54:00

After recent events I am now bracing myself for life as a single mum. My DC's will have a hot meal during the week at school and I'm wondering what an appropriate evening meal would be as seen as they will already have had a proper meal on most week days. I am going to be on a really tight budget.

At the moment I cook a whole host of things for their evening meal as they usually have sandwiches for their lunch. Everything from cottage pie, roast chicken dinner, spaghetti and meatballs, lasagne etc . Will they still want/need a meal like that if they have had say a roast beef dinner for lunch?

What do others in my position do? Any meal ideas or general advice would be welcome as I'm trying to meal plan etc at the moment.

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