Super quick lunches

Super quick lunches - ideas for children

I try to be efficient and meal plan for the week but there always comes a lunchtime that I have not catered for or I just run out of time to cook what I was planning to.

These are some of my favourite “instant” lunches – they are not necessarily perfectly balanced but are a reasonable effort at a healthy meal as part of a good overall diet.

Most can be made with store cupboard ingredients and can be ready in 10 minutes or less.

All recipes will feed 1 baby/toddler and 1 adult.

Eggy Bread

You will need:

2 x free range, organic eggs

2 or 3 slices of bread

Splash of milk

Butter or oil to fry

Put a small frying pan on a medium heat with a little butter or oil.

Break the eggs into a flat bowl, add a splash of milk and beat lightly with a fork.

Lay a slice of bread in the mixture and press lightly so it is covered in the egg mixture. Leave to soak for a few seconds, then turn the bread over and cover the other side of the bread in the egg mixture.

Put the eggy bread in the frying pan and cook on both sides until the egg is cooked all the way through – about 2 minutes on each side.

Repeat with more bread until all the mixture is used up.

I cut this into to fingers for my 7 month old so she can pick them up and feed herself.

If you have time, serve with steamed veg or salad or in a pinch can be eaten just by itself.

Super fast hummus

You will need:

1 x tin chickpeas

1 x clove of garlic

1 x table spoon of tahini

1 x splash of olive oil

1 x pinch of chilli powder or 3 drops of Tabasco sauce

Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Place with all the other ingredients in food blender and whiz until smooth.

If you don’t have a blender, you can mash with a potato masher but they will be a little lumpier.

Serve with sticks of carrot, cucumber, celery, bread, pitta bread.

Any left over will store in the fridge for 2 or 3 days.

Sweetcorn fritters

You will need:

1 x small can sweetcorn

1 x egg

1 x tablespoon plain flour (can be gluten free)

1/2 tablespoon oil

Put a small frying pan onto heat with a drop of oil in it.

Put all the ingredients into a food processor and whiz until you have smoothish paste.

Drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the hot oil and cook until golden on both sides.

Serve with steamed vegetables if you have time, or salad or slice of bread and butter.

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