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10 Quick & Easy After-School Meal Ideas

Vitabiotics | Published: 27/11/2019

10 Quick & Easy After-School Meal Ideas

Looking For Family Food Inspiration? Here Are Ten Ideas For Quick And Easy After-School Meals

When it comes to family food, we know it can be tricky to constantly come up with new food ideas your kids will actually eat. The after-school and nursery period can be a challenge too, when everyone’s exhausted but just want to eat, and you need to make food quickly.

In a bid to inspire your dinner, here is a simple list of ten quick and easy after-school meal ideas.

1. Vegetable Carbonara

If you are vegetarians, or trying to cut down on meat, try this Jamie Oliver recipe for tasty, vegetable-based pasta.

2. Omelettes

If your children like eggs but usually have them scrambled or in sandwiches, why not introduce them to the humble omelette? You can make them minutes and also give them their own choice for a filling, which will hopefully make them more likely to eat it.

Omelettes are also a good way to fill them up with veg. Lots of ideas for delicious combos are here.

3. Pasta With Salmon And Peas

Most children like the trusty combo of pesto pasta, which is a store-cupboard fail-safe. Try mixing it up with this super easy recipe for pasta with salmon and peas, which is packed with omega 3 and fibre. It only needs a few ingredients and will be ready quickly.

4. Soup

While soup might not be something you’d think to serve children, you can whip up a batch quickly and it’s a good way of adding lots of veg into their diet. Plus, dipping in bread is fun. Read these 20 kid-friendly soup ideas on the aptly named My Fussy Eater.

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5. Food Allergy Mums Chicken Drumsticks

If your children have allergies, it can be tricky to find new, suitable food dishes for them. Why not try this recipe from the Food Allergy Mums Cookbook, for chicken drumsticks with lots of peppers?

6. Creamy Lentil And Veggie Curry

If your children like their food a little spicier, then this recipe for creamy lentil and vegetable curry is an easy make and one that’s flexible, too. You can swap in whatever veg they like, or add in a tin of chickpeas to make it chunkier.

7. Slow Cooker Stew, And More!

A slow cooker is a great winter investment, as you can just throw a lot of raw ingredients in the morning and then there’s a delicious dinner ready when you get home. Here’s a list of child-friendly slow cooker ideas adults will love too.

8. Baked Sole Goujons

Does everyone in your house love fish fingers? Mix it up a bit with this homemade version.

9. Carrot And Courgette Muffins

Make these tasty treats as an alternative to sweet muffins. You can them as a snack or part of a meal (dipped into soup or casserole, or with beans). Or just eat them alone in the ravenous after-school period. Recipe is here.

10. Falafel Burgers

Perfect for vegans or those following a dairy-free diet, these falafel burgers and warm and filling. Lots of other ideas for vegan meals are here.

Meet the Author

Gill Crawshaw

Gill Crawshaw

Copywriter / Editor of TalkMum Blog

Gill Crawshaw

Copywriter / Editor of TalkMum Blog

Pregnancy and parenting editor and writer, mum of two Gill Crawshaw is the editor of the TalkMum blog, and a writer who specialises in pregnancy and parenting. With over 18 years experience in digital content creation, she also writes the blog A Baby On Board, which covers the parenting journey. Gill has two tween-age children and lives in south London.

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