My son started reception this September and my daughter started 3 days a week at preschool so life has been a little bit different these last few weeks. I finally have a bit of time to myself, but I also have two small tired children to feed every day before they fall unconscious! Our tea time menus vary a lot depending on if we are eating as a family or feeding the kiddywinks first. Our family meals tend to be home made pizza, roast dinners, spaghetti bolognese and baked potatoes etc. If I’m just cooking for the kids we make scrambled eggs on toast, sausages or that old favourite of fish fingers. In fact given the choice my son will ask for fish fingers for tea any time we aren’t all eating together. We use a lot of fresh vegetables in our cooking and my kids love shelling peas from pea pods but for days when everyone’s tired we also keep a lot of frozen veg in. It’s so convenient and means that on days when I’m looking for something easy my kids always get their vegetables with their tea. Green beans are a favourite, as are peas and sweetcorn. For roast dinners we also add roast carrots to the mix.
The pizzas above were made by my kids, I roll out the dough and then they add their own pasata, grated mozzarella and toppings – in this case ham, peas and sweetcorn. Other choices have been chicken, pineapple, peppers etc. It’s a fun way to get them into cooking and they are much more likely to eat something they’ve been involved in making. Recently Birds Eye sent me some vouchers to try out their products and we chose lots of frozen vegetables as well as the ever present fishfingers. As part of their #Afterschoolchefs challenge they are asking bloggers to write about their tea time routines and how they get their kids clearing thier plates. This post is an entry for #Afterschoolchefs Challenge, sponsored by Birds Eye. Learn more on the Birds Eye Facebook Page
Birds Eye do a great range of frozen food and some of the vegetables even have a new resealable zip on the bag meaning that I’m not having to scramble around for food clips to seal the bag.
Of course kids get tired and sometimes there’s nothing you can do to get them to finish their tea. Occasionally you have to accept defeat and just put them to bed. Especially when this happens…