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On ‘after school care’ nights, I really struggle to make anything healthy because I’m in a rush. What do other Mums do to get some meat & veges into the kids?

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Posted anonymously, 11th November 2019


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  • I make a batch of homemade beef burgers on the weekend and I hide finely grated/chopped vegies into the mice like zucchini, carrots, mushrooms, what ever you like. I defrost the night before and have them with burger buns, lettuce, tomato and cheese. Family favourite. If I have time I cut up a sweet potato into chips, drizzle of oil and rosemary and cook in the oven 200C for 35min.


  • Chicken snitty out of the freezer and into the fridge the night before to defrost.
    45min in the oven as soon as we get home, get the kids sorted.
    On another tray, lay out enough mushrooms and cherry tomatoes to make for a couple of each for each family member. Put in oven at the same time.
    With 12min to go before chicken and vege can be taken out, steam some frozen peas or frozen corn.
    This is what we do on our busy days. Requires no thought, and is a good amount of veggie, protein, and carb


  • Macaroni cheese with salad cottage pie or curry and rice is quick or steak chips and salad they all not too hard to do, also stir fry is quick too.


  • Sheet pan fajitas. One try to clean and a delicious dinner


  • A jar of pasta sauce, a bag of frozen stir fry veg and some protein (chicken, tofu,l etc). Mix together and chuck in the oven. Side salad if you like too


  • Spaghetti with meat and veg in.


  • Another quick one is just a plate of pasta with pesto sauce.


  • Fried rice. You can make them with frozen veggies.


  • You could prepare a big salad by mixing a can of chickpeas, a can of borlotti beans, a can of tuna, some diced capsicum and cherry tomatoes. Quick and easy.


  • Stir fry, home made pizzas, spag bol with added pureed vegies into the sauce, home made hamburgers, curried sausages


  • I find make fritters a great way to get the veggies in as they seem to think they are a treat
    For meat home made burgers and meatloaf always interest my 2


  • I would go with vegie patties or stir fry.


  • Spag bol is great you can whip it up in half an hour and add mushrooms, sliced or grated carrot and zucchini. Or crumbed packet fish with chips and
    Salad or exchange chips for potato in jackets.


  • To get veggies into my littlest one, I usually just boil some pasta (Coles have the dinosaur shaped hi fibre one) and add in some pulsed up veggies, tomato paste, basil, garlic and cheese. 10 minute meal :)


  • Pre prep where possible and pick one day a week where you pre prep or pre cook a week of meals. Slow cookers are your best friend as healthy meals are easy in that and you can go out for hours and leave it. Involve kids in healthy pizza meals making their own with pita bread or wraps and only offer healthy options and they can make their own healthy dinner.


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