Top 10 quick after-school suppers
Make these family-friendly recipes on weeknights when you need a quick, nutritious meal in a flash. These hearty mains can be plated up in no time.
Our top ten most satisfying family suppers are great for those nights when you need to feed the troops and don't have much time to spend in the kitchen. These child-approved recipes are filled with fresh ingredients, mouth-watering flavours and can be plated up in 25 minutes or less.
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Top 10 quick after-school suppers
1. Noodle stir-fry with crunchy peanuts
Looking for a speedy veggie supper the kids will get excited about? Try our noodle stir-fry with peanuts. You can leave out the sweet chilli sauce for kids who don't like spice. It takes just 20 minutes to throw together and there's no chopping, slicing or dicing involved. Stir-fries are perfect for fridge-raiding and adding in whichever veggies you have available. The ultimate adaptable dinner.Find more speedy sizzling stir-fries.
2. Pick & mix omelette with crunchy croutons
The egg is our favourite no-fuss, versatile ingredient that can be made into myriad simple dinners; a dippy egg with buttery soldiers, a hash, scramble or fluffy omelette. You could also use up any leftover sandwich fillings and create customisable omelettes that kids will love. A grating of melty cheddar and scattering of crunchy croutons makes this dish a tempting supper with plenty of flavours and textures. Or why not go a step further and serve your omelette in warm bread rolls for a more substantial dinner.Discover even more exciting dinner ideas in our omelette recipe collection.
3. Fish tacos with baja sauce
Add some Mexican pep to your midweek meals with these flavourful fish tacos with baja sauce. Use a ready-made fajita mix for your fish and a mouth-watering mix of storecupboard ingredients for a super-easy sauce. Leave out the jalapeños if they're a spice too far. They take just five minutes to cook and kids will love dishing up and wrapping their own tortillas. Get your fill of more delicious tacos and tortillas in our Mexican recipe collection.
4. Pasta with salmon & peas
Our simple salmon supper is one the kids will be requesting again and again. Grab a pack of pasta, frozen peas and salmon fillets, stir in a couple of spoonfuls of smooth crème fraîche and you'll have a filling, creamy bowlful of after-school comfort. This recipe is rich in omega-3, too.You can rely on these classic family pasta recipes for a midweek meal saver.
5. Creamy lentil & veggie curry
Stir up a super satisfying lentil & veggie curry for a flavour-packed family dinner you can serve with rice and a fluffy naan. Make the most of those cans and jars languishing at the back of the cupboard and add in chopped tomatoes, red lentils, green beans, sweet potatoes and any other veg to taste. A few dollops of Greek yogurt give the sauce a luxuriously creamy quality without being too heavy, as well as balancing the spices. Finish with a fresh, crunchy garnish of cucumber and a sprinkling of coriander.Our super-speedy red pepper chana masala makes another comforting veg-packed dish, which you can have on the table in 20 minutes flat.
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6. Super-versatile meatballs
Kids are sure to wolf down these scrumptious Swedish-style meatballs, which are covered in a light yet deliciously creamy sauce. Made with lean pork and turkey mince, they're lighter than beef meatballs and are delicately flavoured with a hint of nutmeg and parsley. Serve them with new potatoes, pasta or steamed rice and a pot of tart lingonberry jam for a truly Scandinavian accompaniment. You can also make a bigger batch and pack any leftovers in a wide-necked thermos with pasta for kids to take to school the next day.
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7. Sausage, kale & gnocchi one-pot
Plate up this delicious one-pot of sausage, kale and gnocchi in just 20 minutes, with just five minutes prep. You only need a handful of ingredients to make this: mix gnocchi with kale, stir in the parmesan, then season with black pepper and scatter the crisp sausagemeat over the top. This will become a go-to weeknight dish in no time... midweek suppers never got so easy – or tasty!
8. Teriyaki pork meatballs
Just four supermarket ingredients stand between you and this super quick, low-calorie supper. Prep time for this recipe is only one minute – making it one of the speediest dishes going! The whole family will enjoy tucking into these meatballs in a moreish teriyaki sauce with plenty of fresh and crunchy pak choi.
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9. Tuna & sundried tomato pasta bake
This tuna & sundried tomato pasta bake is an easy storecupboard supper which is out of the oven and on the dinner table in 25 minutes – what more do you need for a speedy after-school dinner? Make sure you sprinkle Parmesan on top and put under the grill to get your bake bubbling and golden.
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10. Vegetarian fajitas
This quick and easy veggie family meal is sure to please everyone at the table. This recipe for meat-free fajitas, loaded with black beans, avocado and peppers, takes just 15 minutes to make. Perfect when the family need a meal that's quick, filling and full of nutritious veggies.
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