Saturday, 27 September 2014

Our Tea-Time Routine

As a busy family, tea time is one of those make or break times of the day. It can either go swimmingly well, or just desperately wrong and you can end up wishing it had gone better - it can really ruin your night if the kids don't like something on their plate and then they won't eat it and then they are not full, and get upset and you might have to cook something else...

Not to mention the mess.

So anyway we have a pretty strict routine. Just lately we have started meal planning. We have never done this before, we just tend to buy 'stuff' and then go from there. But we have been meal planning for about two weeks now and it really does save us time, money and effort.

So when I was asked to take part in Birds Eye's #AfterSchoolChallenge I was more than happy to get involved. I am quite conscious of what we eat as a family and I do cook from fresh most nights. Some nights we do have a helping hand and have what we call 'easy teas' - something that we can just whack in the oven and serve up with wraps or salad - perfect for when we have both been working late or if the kids are hungry and want something quick.

Birds Eye gave us some vouchers to try some of their yummy food and fit it in with our meal plans. Browsing the Birds Eye range was great - they don't just do the usual suspects like chicken nuggets and waffles (although we do like to have those in our house!) They also do rice, steam-fresh vegetables, pies and veggie-fingers - so you can really mix it up when you are going for an 'easy tea.'

We made some really lovely meals. We had garlic and herb chicken with wraps and salad. The kids loved those. We gave them some Mas#tags as a side as well - the kids love them. Little waffle-style social media icons. Genius.

We also had veggie fingers with beans and mash as an easy tea, and the lemon and black pepper fish with chips. We tend to have one or two easy teas a night so it was really handy for us, and so tasty too.

Our tea-time routine is good, and it is getting even better now that we are planning our meals weekly and keeping a track of what we are having. All we need to do now is to teach the toddlers to eat like normal human beings and we will be sorted!

This post is an entry for #Afterschoolchefs Challenge, sponsored by Birds Eye. Learn more on the Birds Eye Facebook Page


  1. OOOOoooohhhh! Birdseye Fajitas! That looks like an awesome idea! YUMMY! x

    1. They were yummy, the kids liked assembling them too! x :)

  2. I enjoyed reading your post. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.


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