Whether it’s because I get home late, or because I’m disorganised, or because I want to have a raging hot curry for dinner, sometimes I need to feed the kids in a hurry. These are five of my go to dinners:
1. Eggs and Soldiers:
Soft boil eggs by cooking them in their shells in boiling water for 4 minutes. When done, put the eggs in egg cups and chop off their tops (warning: finger-burning is impossible to avoid). Serve with multigrain toast, topped with a very little vegemite and cut into three “soldiers” per slice for dipping into the runny yolk.
2. No Guilt Spaghetti
I pretty much always have the freezer stocked with little containers of this meat sauce so all I need to do is cook pasta and – voila! – dinner is ready.
3. Salad plates
My kids are no good at eating a salad when it is served jumbled up in a bowl, but separating out the ingredients on a plate seems to work for them. Carrots and cheese can be grated, capsicum and cucumber can be cut into batons. Cherry tomatoes, berries, sultanas and nuts can all be served whole. Hommous or Tzatziki each make a great dressing or dipping sauce. I give each child their own arrangement and am often surprised at what they munch through.
4. Pizzas fingers
When is cheese on toast not cheese on toast? When you put tomato paste and vegetables under the cheese and call it pizza! Often I get a slice of multigrain toast, give it a thin scraping of tomato paste then layer very thinly sliced mushrooms and/or capsicum (or any other pizza-ish veg) under the cheese before I grill it. Cut it into three fingers and you’ve got a whole new level of excitement (for a three year old)!
5. Stuffed microwave potatoes
A baked potato takes time, so when I’m in a hurry I microwave the spuds and fry whatever combo of veges that work as filling. Red capsicum, red onion and corn; mushroom, zucchini and bacon; avocado, corn and chives. Scoop out holes in the spuds, mash into the pan what you’ve scooped out then stuff as much as you can back into the hole. Grate cheese on top and you are on your way.
What do you serve your kids when you are in a hurry?