Five 15 minutes meals for after school!
So we have this weekend and then it’s back to the school run, prepping lunches and after school clubs. Have you got your diary filled in?!
As a parent it can be so challenging to balance everything so we thought we’d help make your first week a little easier with five meals that take 15 minutes. We’re not health experts or expert chefs so these are just super quick meals for the super busy parent!
Easy Peasy Cheesy Pasta
Start cooking your pasta and whilst it’s cooking, make your cheese sauce. No time for measurements here so.. nob of butter, tablespoon or plain flour and add milk until right consistency. Add grated cheese and start cooking peas. Drain pasta, mix in peas and sauce together and you’re done! You can even add in any veg in the fridge that needs eating up.
Eggy Surprise Muffins
Fill a muffin tray with cupcake cases. Whisk a few eggs, salt, pepper and milk in a measuring jug. Pour the mixture into the cases. Add any filling such as spinach, tomatoes, ham, cheese, peppers etc. Push the toppings slightly under the mixture and cook in the oven until browned.
Whizzy Dizzy Rainbow Pizza
You can use pittas, wraps or garlic flatbread as your pizza base. Use tomato or barbeque base and your choice of cheese. Now for the fun bit!!
Add any toppings, these can be peppers, mushrooms, ham, pineapple, pepperoni, sweetcorn, olives, onions.. The list goes on!
The important bit is you need to arrange your toppings in order of colour – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink.
Spirally Tomatoey Spaghetti Meatballs
For this we’ve bought ready to cook meatballs but you can make them from scratch and keep in the fridge for when you need to cook them.
Follow the cooking instructions on your meatballs and start your spaghetti. You can swap long spaghetti for shapes to change the dish up.
To make the tomato sauce, add oil, diced onion, carrot and garlic into a saucepan and fry until soft. Add tinned tomatoes, salt and pepper and simmer on a low heat.
Drain pasta and put into a bowl. Add the meatballs and drizzle your tomato sauce over the top – done!
Pretty Bows Pasta Salad
Cook some bow pasta shapes, peas and sweetcorn then drain and leave to cool. Cut up celery, peppers, spring onion, tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, raisins, grapes, tangerine, mushrooms and add to a large mixing bowl. Add the pasta, sweetcorn and peas. Mix in a dressing of your choice such as salad cream, mayonnaise, balsamic dressing or a few drops of olive oil and serve.
We hope these ideas will stop you staring at the cupboards wondering what to make for tea! Also, bonus idea for a quick and easy tea – get the hubby to do it 😉
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