Parenthood is a full-time job and whether you’ve got a hectic work schedule or you’re a busy single parent, it’s tough finding the time to tick everything off your ever-growing to-do list.
Prepping and cooking meals is a time consuming business – and there are three of them to organise every day! Throw in bath time, helping with homework and making sure the brood gets to bed on time and your evening leaves little time for much else.
But don’t despair – there are tips and tricks for kicking back for some well-deserved ‘me time’. Here are a few easy meals for the kids you can whip up in no time, giving you at least some of the evening that you can enjoy soaking in a hot bubble bath or sprawled out in front of the TV.
1. Chicken and chips
Tender chicken baked to perfection in the oven served with a helping of French fries will go down a treat with the kids and yourself! Wrap a slice of bacon round the chicken to give it some extra flavour and throw some vegetables into the mix to round off the five-a-day. On days where time is on your side, you could make chips from scratch; otherwise McCain is a trusted family brand for golden, crispy and delicious fries.
2. Jacket potato and baked beans
Jackets potatoes are really easy to make. Pop them in the oven or microwave until done and then serve up with the all-time favourite topping – baked beans. Jackets are incredibly versatile and go well with an assortment of toppings such as tuna, cheese and chilli.
3. Easy chicken casserole
Many people associate the word ‘casserole’ with spending hours slaving over a hot stove, but nothing could be further from the truth! One pot casseroles take around 20 minutes to prepare then all you have to do is leave it sizzling on the hob for half an hour. Casseroles are filling and warming – perfect for a chilly winter’s day.
4. Baked salmon
If your kids are happy with fish dishes, baked salmon is a great way to provide them with a quick, tasty and healthy meal. Salmon is a great source of omega-3 which has been shown to improve cognitive function in children, so wrap it up in foil and leave in the oven for 20 minutes while you boil potatoes and vegetables to go with it.5.
Clean-up time may take longer than usual, but when fajitas are so quick and easy to make you will probably find you can spare an extra couple of minutes to wipe grubby hands and chins! Grab a fajita pack from the local supermarket along with onions, peppers and chicken. Whip up in about 20 minutes and voila – a tasty meal for the whole family. Encourage the kids to add salad to their wrap to tick off those final five-a-day.