When the kids have had a full day’s work at school, you’d think the first thing they’d want to do is kick off their shoes, take off their uniform and just veg out in front of the telly.
If your household is anything like ours though, once school is over there’s a whole lot of different places to be.
Between our two, they have Cubs, swimming lessons and football practice.
I suppose it could be worse, as we do have a couple of evenings where there’s nowhere to go and they can just play on the Wii or read or whatever.
On the days that we have lessons though, there seems to be a mad dash to get there and somehow to fit tea in as well.
Dilemmas such as do we have tea before or after swimming?
If it’s before, we need to keep it light so there’s no feeling like a lead balloon in the middle of the pool.
If it’s after, they’ll be complaining they’re dying of starvation and need to eat RIGHT NOW.
“Is it ready yet? Is it READY yet?!”
<counts to ten>
It’s the after school club evenings that I find myself rushing to cook, so to make it easier when I cook a dish, I always make a bit extra so that it can easily be frozen and taken out for an instant ready meal.
Bolognese sauce and soups freeze brilliantly, and we just take them out of the freezer and put them in the microwave to defrost and heat up thoroughly.
It works well for weaning babies as well – cook and puree vegetables separately, and let them cool completely.
Then pop them into an ice cube tray so you can pop out carrots or potato etc whenever you need them!
Just thoroughly defrost and heat up and you have a meal all ready to go.
It’s a great time saver, and Panasonic microwave ovens have a great range to choose from, whatever it is you’re looking for.
Quick and easy is the way to go, whilst still staying healthy and getting the right food to keep us active and sustained.
Do you find yourself rushing to and from after school clubs? Or just have busy days in general?
If so, what do you do food wise on these days?
Share your tips and/or what you do in the comments below!
This post is in collaboration with Panasonic.