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littlem133 Mon 05-Sep-16 19:39:57

I've got three kids under ten. Some days they're in nursery til I get them home at 6 then the eldest often have a club every evening but they're hungry and need a cooked dinner. Apart from prepared and frozen meals and slow cookers (there's no chance of me prepping dinners before we leave at 7.30!) what can I do to give them a pretty instant and healthy hot dinner?!

ThroughThickAndThin01 Mon 05-Sep-16 19:41:58

Fajitas. Chicken, peppers and onion, takes 15 minutes.

Mybeardeddragonjustdied2016 Mon 05-Sep-16 19:43:35

Chilli. Less than 20 mins.

MrsAukerman Mon 05-Sep-16 19:45:50

Could you bake some potatoes the night before then microwave and serve with beans, tuna, cheese etc?

MrsAukerman Mon 05-Sep-16 19:47:01

Pan of hearty soup (prepared a previous day) serve with cheese on toast.

HeyMicky Mon 05-Sep-16 19:51:02

Stir fry with super noodles
Pre cooked chicken and microwave veg
Poach salmon in the microwave and serve with salad or microwave veg

daisydalrymple Mon 05-Sep-16 19:51:37

Pasta with whatever sauces you all like
Omelettes with salad / easy veg crusty bread
Beans on toast
Soup and rolls
Jkt pot tuna& sweetcorn / beans& cheese salad (put a load of jkt pots in the oven whenever you're doing a roast or similar, then you can freeze them and microwave when needed)
Spaghetti and pesto
Veg Stir fry with noodles / rice (especially the microwave /straight to wok pouches)

Allalonenow Mon 05-Sep-16 20:00:24

Spaghetti Carbonara

LadyMonicaBaddingham Mon 05-Sep-16 20:03:53

Prep it the night before, stick the pot in the fridge, then transfer it to the slow cooker in the morning. Works for me, and I have to leave for work at 0730 too. Or use a few weekend hours to make up dump bags (Google it) once a month.

WorkingBling Mon 05-Sep-16 20:09:42

Will they eat meat like chops, chicken breasts etc? If so, grill or fry these with rice/pasta/ potatoe on side and steamed veg (frozen work well). Ditto fish.

Chicken drumsticks are easily roasted the night before and heated in the microwave (i do a lot of roasting of this sort while doing bed and bath time and then it's supper for me and dh that day and the kids the next - wuite often I will do a roast chicken or even a leg of lamb and it feeds us for days).

Fried onion bacon and whatever green veg you have lying around mixes with cream cheese to make a sauce for pasta is super quick and easy.

In an emergency we use fresh pasta (ravioli etc) and just serve with pesto. I cook frozen peas or corn with the pasta to add some veg.

AtleastitsnotMonday Mon 05-Sep-16 21:46:22

Omelettes and frittata's
Cous cous with chicken and veg stirred through (marinate and cook chicken chicken breast chunks the night before or use ready cooked)

MunchCrunch01 Mon 05-Sep-16 21:48:53

Risotto is way to re heat with some pre cooked chicken

littlem133 Tue 06-Sep-16 11:24:12

Wow. Loads of suggestions! Thank you. This thread has made me realise that my lads are little fusspots! They won't eat jacket potatoes and stir fry for a start. Maybe I need to keep trying and eventually they'll change their minds!

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