10 quick and easy after-school meal ideas

In need of family food inspiration? We have ten ideas for quick and easy after-school meals

This month we’re talking about family food and fitness; have you read our post on family fitness ideas?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

What’s your favourite after-school dinner? Make sure you also read our post on mindful parenting on the school run.

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