Weary mums have revealed the 10-minute family dinners they serve up when they are too exhausted to prepare a full meal.
The dishes include toasties, plain pasta topped with cheese, ‘tasting plates’ with freezer staples and sliced fruit or vegetables.
The meals are served up on ‘easy dinner nights’ or when ‘life gets too busy to cook properly’.
The thread was started by Mums Who founder Rachel Hallett who admitted to serving her kids toasted sandwiches on ‘lazy’ nights.
‘Sometimes I write ‘easy’ on my meal plan. that is usually a night when I know I will be busy or won’t be bothered cooking,’ she wrote.
‘We just have really basic food,’ she added, next to a photo of the ham, cheese and tomato toastie.
She then asked what other people used as their ‘easy’ meal – specifying it should take less than ten minutes, be filling and delicious.
And people were quick to add their favourites to the thread with ‘pick plates’, also called picnic plates, tasting plates and platters, among the most popular.
‘I have a toddler and a preschooler and for them I do a tasting plate, which basically means raiding the fridge for whatever we have. Cheese, deli meat, boiled eggs, fruit, cherry tomatoes, crackers or an English muffin with peanut butter,’ one mum explained.
Others said they call their lazy nights ‘whatever’ night and eat ‘whatever’ they can find because ‘mum’s not cooking’.
‘Kids have toasties, baked beans, spaghetti on toast or scrambled eggs,’ the mum revealed.
While other parents said they make their kids dumpling soup, nachos or reheat frozen leftovers for their easy nights.
Some people said they have ‘brinner’ on lazy nights.
‘Breakfast for dinner. Cereal, toast, eggs, bacon and sometimes pancakes – its my kids’ favourite,’ one mum said.
Another mum said she calls those meals ‘scratch’ but it usually ends up with her eating baked beans and her husband having cereal.
One woman said her idea of an easy dinner is throwing some frozen fish in the oven and making a salad of tomatoes and cucumber to go with it.
While some joked their entire food rotation appeared on the lazy list because they hate spending time making the night time meal.Internet Explorer Channel Network