When you’re an exhausted new mum, the last thing you want to worry about is what to make for dinner. If you’re lucky enough to get a moment to yourself, one way to ensure you always have nutritious easy meals on hand is to make and freeze a selection of homemade meals ahead of time. If you’re at a loss for where to start, read on for an array of meal ideas designed to help you strike a balance between quick and wholesome dining.
Whipping up a quick soup is a great trick for when you’re tired and in need of something satisfying and they’re also a great way to get a generous range of vegetables in to your diet. Classic combinations like potato and leek, carrot and coriander and cream of tomato are all easy to make and can even get you through a couple of days.
Although jacket potatoes have a reputation for taking ages to cook, with new additions to the freezer cabinet, an array of quick cook jackets are now available. Perfect with a light tuna mayonnaise and a green salad, the humble jacket potato is a quick and satisfying option for sleep deprived parents!
Every new mummy needs a treat now and again and sometimes a steak and chips is just the thing. McCain make a huge variety of delicious fries which will perfectly complement a good quality steak. Since potatoes contain lots of important vitamins and fibre, the nutritional benefits of fries make them an important part of any balanced diet.
Beef, pork and turkey roasts make good meals because they allow busy mums to make several dishes from one main. After having your main roast meal, use any leftovers to make a small curry or stir fry. Roasted meats are also delicious served with plain boiled rice, steamed vegetables or fries.
Investing in a slow cooker is a fantastic short cut for busy mums who want flavoursome and wholesome food. Whether you are happy to try slow cooked meat or are looking for a way to get more vegetables in to your diet, a slow cooker is the perfect way to cut corners without losing out on nutrition.
For a simple stew or casserole, just chop up your ingredients and leave them to simmer – it really couldn’t be any easier. And with any luck, the baby will be down for the night by the time you and your loved ones sit down for your delicious and nourishing meal.