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Fast healthy family meal ideas for chaotic days

fast healthy family meals

Family life can get chaotic, especially in the afternoons and early evenings when the kids are on the go with sport, extra-curricular activities and homework.

Providing meals that are fresh, healthy and fast can be a bit of a challenge and some days it’s all too tempting to head for the nearest drive-through. Luckily, with a bit of planning you can save yourself from the fast food guilt. Here are five common busy day scenarios combined with five wonderfully quick and nutritious recipes you can rely on.

Extra-curricular sport on until late

 

To me this means something in the slow cooker that can be prepared during the day ready to just dish up once you walk in the door. How good is it to walk into the smell of dinner cooking! Add in extra veggies and serve with a 90-second microwave instant rice sachet.

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No time to prepare food in the afternoon

 

This scenario requires a recipe that requires minimal baking, cooking and to be ready in 15 minutes or less!

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Need an early dinner before heading out

 

You can take this two ways, by keeping the meal light and leaving room for what is offered while you’re out or make larger portions to fill an empty tummy for the night.

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No time to get to the shops

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These are the nights we need to get creative with what’s in the kitchen using up our pantry staples.

 

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  • Fried rice – Make a healthy version using a non-stick pan and minimal oil. Use 90-second microwave rice to speed things up.
  • Tuna ‘n veg patties – Using rice cake crumbs instead of potatoes makes this super quick to dish up!
  • Healthy hamburgers – Got a loaf of bread, some salad and mince?

No time to defrost meat

 

It’s nice to enjoy a vegetarian meal at least once a week and give your digestion a mini break.

On what type of days do you find yourself scrambling to make healthy meals?

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