Speedy Mid-Week Meals

With the new school year well underway, changes to daylight hours, and the return post half-term holiday to contend with, many parents are looking for easy, fast and nutritious solutions to mid-week meals.  We've all been there, you dash in from work, a day out or shopping, hungry children braying at your heels, and nothing springs to mind for dinner.  Nightmare.  So here are some easy, standby, mid-week meals that can be whipped up in half an hour or so.

The new Big Meals from Little Dish are aimed at 3 to 6 year olds with larger appetities than their regular Little Dish fans.  Available in four varieties, including chicken, beef and cod dishes, all of which contain no additives or preservatives.  They also have fun stickers and some cool posters to collect for.

We tried the Seven Veg Lasagne, which contains red pepper, carrot, tomatoes, spinach, sweet potato, courgette and garlic; layered with a rich tomato and mascarpone sauce, free range egg pasta and a creamy bechamel sauce.  Lara wasn't so keen on this, but Sophia happily wolfed it down and declared it yummy.  The dish contains 2 of the regulation 5 a day, has low salt content, and no added sugar.

The other Little Dish Big Meals available are Chunky Chicken Pot Roast, Mild Beef Chilli and Rice, and Mediterranean Cod and Tomato Casserole, they can be found at Tesco, Waitrose and Asda stores, and online at Ocado, priced £3.25.

Most children, and adults, like jacket potatoes, but it can be a bit of a faff to hang around waiting for them to cook.  Bannisters’ Farm Littl’uns are the perfect fast tea time option as they can take as little as three minutes in the microwave to prepare.  These 100% British-grown small jacket potatoes come in a child-friendly size and are naturally low in fat, rich in fibre, and gluten free.

Before they get to your freezer, they are lightly drizzled with olive oil and then baked to give them a deliciously crisp skin and a light fluffy centre.  They are then immediately freeze them to lock in that traditional scrummy taste.

Here are Bannisters’ Farm's top tips for making suppers that your little ones will gobble up:

  • Turn your spuds into dino-licious Littl’uns Potatasaurus’ with our Bannisters’ Farm recipe
  • Get all those kids aboard with Littl’uns Jacket Boats filled with tuna, sweetcorn and mayonnaise
  • Have your little ones shouting “Mama Mia” by creating Littl’uns Pepperoni and Cheese Jacket Pizzas
  • Get your tricky teens enjoying a healthy tea with Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Filled Littl’uns
  • When you’ve got a group of rascals round for tea why not offer them a pick ‘n’ mix of filled Littl’uns with bowls of salad, beans, cheese and their favourite toppings to choose from.

Bannisters’ Farm Littl’uns retail at £2.20 for four, and they are available from Morrisons, Tesco, Waitrose and Ocado.

Here's what we did with ours, a veggie-filled lunch of salad vegetables with a cheesy jacket potato; and a quick post-day out dinner of veggie sausages, JP and peas:


I must also tell you about that splodge of tomato ketchup on the plate above.  It's the new Heinz Tomato Ketchup 50% Less Sugars, far healthier than its regular cousin, and absolutely no difference in taste.  Lara is now desperate to squeeze the sauce out herself, and she did ask me about why the label looked a little different to our old bottle, but she said it tasted just the same.  Result!

Have a look at this fab video, the first for Heinz Tomato Ketchup in 5 years!

Another great idea is to stock up your freezer for food on the go fast.  Just throw a few bits in the oven, use a bit of imagination, and then you can get on with everything else that needs doing!  This idea of how to use Birds Eye Potato Waffles as the base for other dishes is a great ideas:

Waffle Nachos

4-6 Birds Eye Mini Waffles
1-2 tbsp baked beans
1-2 tbsp tomato salsa
Handful of shredded Iceberg lettuce
Handful of grated cheese


  • Pre-heat the oven and cook Birds Eye Mini Potato Waffles (4 per person) as per pack instructions
  • Heat baked beans, as directed
  • Place shredded lettuce on the plate and top with waffles, beans and salsa
  • Sprinkle a little grated cheese on top
  • Place under the grill until the cheese is nicely melted
  • Enjoy!

You can find lots more Birds Eye-inspired ideas here


  1. Love what you did with the Bannisters’ Farm Littl’uns

  2. Love what you did with the Bannisters’ Farm Littl’uns

  3. The waffle nachos are a fab idea.


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