6 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.

Chunky vegetable curry in a bowl with rice and herb garnish

Our top six 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 20 minutes or less.

Get your fill of speedy nutritious suppers in our quick family recipe collection.

1. Noodle stir-fry with crunchy peanuts

Noodles in bowl with vegetables and serving tongs
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.

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2. Pick & mix omelette with crunchy croutons 

Omelette on plate with salad and knife and fork
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

Tortillas with fish and vegetables on board with lime wedges
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

Pasta with peas and salmon in bowls with napkins and cutlery
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

Lentil and veggie curry in a pan and bowl with rice
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.

Find more family-sized recipes in our curry collection

6. Super-versatile meatballs

Two bowls of Swedish meatballs and new potatoes with dip

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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30th Aug, 2018
Disappointed to find recipes made up of mostly ready-mix ingredients, or salmon, which will doubtless be unhealthy farm-raised, in a section called BBC 'Good Food'. Shame on you! You could at least try to suggest/recommend using fresh ingredients! Or have you sold out to the prepared food industry and the supermarket chains?
31st Jan, 2019
Personally, I think these recipes are great so thank you BBC Good Food. You shouldn't try to shame busy people who are trying to put decent food on the table for their kids. It's only your opinion that farm raised salmon is unhealthy. Move on if these recipes aren't for you.
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Sue Le Resche
31st Jan, 2019
With the heading of the item being 6 quick after school suppers, these ingredients seem to be entirely appropriate for those of us that want to produce a quick after school supper. If I had all day to produce from scratch meals, I would no doubt look at other recipes. The noodles will be my first choice tonight.
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