A good idea to get you started is to make sure that you always have a well stocked pantry or store cupboard. Keeping basics like pasta, baked beans, canned and frozen vegetables, tomato sauce and cheese on hand mean you always have the ingredients necessary to whip up a tasty, healthy and kid friendly meal.
Cooking up big batches of your favourite soups, stews and casseroles, and then freezing them, means that you’ll also be prepared for times that you just can’t cook. You could even freeze batches of pasta sauces, like Bolognese, and then simply cook the pasta in the microwave.
Frozen and canned vegetables, and even pre-cut and prepared vegetables can help you save time, while still offering added nutritional value. Likewise, a few packets of convenience sauces and other ‘cheats’ can make average meals tastier and more nutritious.
Find restaurants and supermarkets in your area that offer healthy, ready cooked meals at reasonable prices. Keep their details on hand, for times when you can’t manage a home cooked meal.
Homemade pizzas, with plenty of vegetables, a little meat, and cheese, are great, quick and child friendly options. You could also try ready made soup, or home made varieties, with bread, or make up your own pasta recipes with lots of veggies, and a tasty sauce.
Baked potatoes, topped with baked beans and cheese couldn’t be simpler, and they’re perfect food for children, or you could let your children have fun assembling their own tacos, using prepared ingredients.
There are plenty of fast, child friendly meal options out there, if you look hard enough. They don’t need to be up to gourmet standard – they just need to be fast, healthy and tasty to have child appeal!