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Recipe series - Quick, easy meals after the school run

The question ‘What’s for tea?’ or ‘I’m hungry, do you have any snacks?’ is a common occurrence for all parents when they pick up their child from school. So, how do you satisfy that hunger quickly? Usually, a snack sorts them out, but that only provides a short term boost of energy.

Easy, nutritionally-balanced meals don't have to be hard or time-consuming to prepare. We have listed our top three after the school run meals, to quickly satisfy your child's hunger when they get home from school.

Stir-fry

A protein rich meal, packed with flavour, that is both quick and easy to make so you don’t keep your hungry children waiting. This healthy meal takes less than 30 minutes to make, and only requires one frying pan/wok. If you want to mix it up try a change of Chicken, Pork, Beef or Prawn. To unlock flavour, stir in some hoisin or soy sauce. Stir-fry until the noodles are warm and the meat is cooked through. Finally, remove from the heat and enjoy your meal!

Pitta Pizzas

A healthy alternative to store bought and takeaway pizza! And they taste and look great. All you need is white or wholemeal pitta breads, tomato pureé, cheese and whatever toppings you would like. Grill one side of the pitta bread until it’s slightly golden and then turn it around and add the pureé, cheese and a selection of toppings, then pop it back in the grill and wait for it to cook. They take less than ten minutes to cook, and you can make as many as you want (or can eat!). They are a scrumptious idea that your children can get involved with too by adding on their favourite toppings.

Omelettes

Whatever your choice, plain or with veggies, omelettes are really easy and quick to make, and are super-satisfying and tasty for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  They are a perfect and affordable source of protein that make you feel fuller for longer. This stops your children asking for snacks all night because they’re still hungry. You can serve your omelette with a salad or wholemeal bread for a well balanced meal. They take less than ten minutes to make. You can even spice up your omelette by adding cheese, tomato, ham, mushrooms or onions. When it turns golden brown underneath, remove it from the pan and slide onto a plate.

 

When the kids have finished their tea, don’t just let them leave you with the cleaning up! Get them to help out. If your kitchen isn’t set up for family fun have you considered updating it? Check out our styles and ranges here.

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