10 Minute Meal

Quick and easy store cupboard meal

Most Mummies out there will probably relate to the feeling of impending dread at the chaos likely to ensue when entering the house sometime after 5 oclock with an whiney exhausted pre-schooler and a hungry, frustrated 8ish month old and no plan for dinner.

Hungry Pumpkin!
Hungry Pumpkin!

This happened to me today. A fun filled afternoon came to an abrupt end on entering the house with children displaying the above characteristics. Fortunately (or irresponsibly depending on your view point) I left the house in chaos which meant Sunflower was reasonably entertained muddling through the mess. Little Pumpkin was placated with a slice of avocado (he is still of the age that this is an entirely reasonable alternative to a biscuit, and frankly even if it was not, he is unable to express this in a manner in which I can interpret) I therefore had approximately 5 minutes to crash around the kitchen preparing something for dinner. I do need to expand my repertoire of emergency dinners but my fall back solution at the moment does tend to be pasta. Both kids love it, its fairly healthy and importantly speedy. I then threw a tin of chopped tomatoes into a pan, added a couple of glugs of olive oil and vinegar. One tin of tuna and tin of sweetcorn and a drizzle of cream and a serving of avocado on the side (or already mushed into his hair and ears in poor little Pumpkin’s case!) and I had a meal that contained approximately an appropriate percentage of protein, carbs and vegetables. Gourmet cuisine it may not be but it was about the best I could do in the circumstances with my stock cupboard ingredients. Although do check back as I hope this blog might motivate me to brach out with a few other emergency meals.

Store cupboard ingredients

  • Pasta of any variety
  • Tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Tin of sweetcorn
  • Tin of tuna
  • Olive oil and vinegar
  • Optional sour cream
  • Optional avacado

Do let me know if any of you have your own such speedy dinners….the above scenario happens on a reasonably regular basis in our house!

10 minute pasta meal
10 minute pasta meal

30 Second Summary: When being a domestic Goddess fails pasta is a quick and popular option for a 10 minute meal in our house!

2 thoughts on “10 Minute Meal

  1. North East Family Fun February 22, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    My staple 10 minute meal is unfortunately lets go to McDonalds 😦 I usually meal plan though so thankfully it doesn’t happen too often.


    • tenminutesspare February 22, 2015 / 2:50 pm

      😀 I’d love to be organised enough to meal plan! I’ll have to try it if I hope to blog a few more slightly more thought out/photogenic meals soon!


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