I have been meaning to write about family mealtimes for ages and when I started thinking about Lottie and how she eats now, I found that one of the main problems I have at the moment is the fact that I am now cooking 2 hot meals every day at different times. This is fine when I have time to but more often than not, I don’t get chance to and I don’t always have a load of previously cooked meals in the freezer ready to whip out when I need one.
Lottie is eating pretty much everything now but as she eats a lot earlier than I do (Mia has school dinners so just has a sandwich on week days) I tend to cook separately for her and then cook for us later on when it’s the girl’s bedtime. With that in mind, I wanted to find some recipes that are not only quick and easy to cook when you don’t have much time, but they can also be eaten by everyone and adapted to their individual tastes if you need to. All recipes can be found by clicking the links below.
The first recipe is a Sausage and Vegetable Traybake. This is a great one as you can stick it all in the tray and pretty much leave it to cook while you do other things. I find popping it in and then getting the girls ready for bed works really well as I can then come down and its ready for us to eat. You can freeze it and have it the next week and it can be easily scaled up for when you want to batch cook a load of meal prep. The veg can be ‘hidden’ from fussy eaters and you add or take away any of the veg to suit your family. I’m not a huge fan of courgette so when I made this again, I just switched the courgette for an onion and added another pepper.
My second recipe is a Bacon and Leek Omelette. This is great for lunch or dinner. I haven’t made an omelette in such a long time but when I tried this recipe out, I realised that you can bulk these out so much that they are actually quite filling! Add a simple salad and it’s a great meal. Again, with this meal, you can add or takeaway as much as you want so you can change it to suit your family’s tastes. We saved half in the fridge for another day as Mia wasn’t keen and it was absolutely fine the next day. I love eggs and bacon, so it was nice to find something that incorporated both of these ingredients for me. Although you need to stick by the hob for this one, it is fairly quick to make and is simple to follow.
My final recipe this week is an old favourite, Hearty Fish Pie. I have been making fish pie for the girls seen they were weaning and its always been a winner. This is another meal you can pop in altogether and leave while you do something else. We use 2 different types of fish, but you could swap the fish for another type like salmon or pollock. Again, you can scale up the ingredient amounts to batch cook this one and pop it in the freezer for another night. It keeps really well in there and good for cold evenings!
Very often I will have the last nights leftovers as a quick lunch the next day which helps when I haven’t got the time (or energy) to make something! I hope I have given you some ideas for nice quick, easy meals to cook for everyone! All of the ingredients can be found in your local supermarket and are also not expensive to recreate yourself at home.
What are your family’s favourite meals?