It is a myth that making nutritious meals from scratch takes ages! I cook from scratch whenever possible and being a busy mum i have learnt to adapt and find ways to cook a meal within 30 mins without having to compromise on quality and nutrition. Here's how:
1. It is common sense but use foods that are quick to cook. Foods like tinned beans, pasta, rice and couscous all cook under 15 mins. Particularly couscous and rice noodles can be done in 5 mins. Use these for the basis of adding vegetables, stir fries, pasta bakes etc.
2. Have a roast at the weekend, maybe when you have more time and then use the leftover meat on another night. For example roast a larger chicken and the use the leftover pieces in a rice noodle broth with veg.
3. Make a one pot dish. These are great for convenience and can be left to cook whilst you go and do something else. For example a fish, potato and vegetable tray bake or a risotto.
4. Try some of these meal/snack ideas on the website (www.littlebitescookery.com/recipes)
Also, here's a recipe developed for the York Food and Drink Festival '17 which you can come and make at the festival on 23/24th Sept.
Toasted oat, custard and fruit cups
A lovely quick and easy pudding for kids to make (makes 3 cups)
What you need:
1 cup Porridge oats
1 tsp Water
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp Oil
2 tsp Seeds (optional)
2 pots Custard
6 tbsp fruit (seasonal) such as blackberries & berries
What to do:
Ask a grown up to turn oven on to 190c.
Weigh the oats, water, vanilla, oil and seeds into a bowl and mix.
Spread out onto a baking tray and bake for 15 mins or until brown.
Leave to cool.
Divide toasted oats between 3 cups.
Add 2 tbsp of custard on top of each. Add the same of fruit.
5. Why not come to one of Little Bites cookery classes. Pre-school classes are for parents and kids, so you can learn some new recipe ideas to take home as well as getting the kids to try nutritious foods. Further details at www.littlebitescookery.com/classes .