Three night's a week we have multiple after school activities all at conflicting times. My question is what can I cook to feed everyone, eating at different times of the evening. Please note I only intend on cooking one meal!!!!! My 3kids are between the ages of 3 and 7.

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Andrea - posted on 03/11/2009

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Make a big pasta salad- fill it with veggies, chicken, cheese, a little olive oil, pesto & vinegar. Even my super picky 3 year old will eat this!

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Amen to the crock pot ideas!  Also, what about casseroles?  You can make them ahead of time, reheat portions as needed and even freeze them.  I like to make chicken, broccoli and cheese casserole.  You need a package of frozen broccoli, one chicken breast per person, a can of cream of mushroom soup and a can of cheese soup.  Thaw the broccoli.  Lay the chicken breasts in a single layer (seasoned however you like).  Scatter a few handfulls of the thawed broccoli on top of the chicken.  Mix the cheese and mushroom soups together (not completely....sorta fold them together where you still have spots that are just cheese).  Pour it over the broccoli and chicken.  I like to sprinkle Italian bread crumbs and shredded cheddar on top.  Bake at 350 - 375 about 30 - 40 minutes until chicken is done and voila!  Yum yums!  Great...now I'm hungry LOL!

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A great crock pot meal is pork chops with cream of chicken soup. Just brown up the chops before putting in the crock pot (I usually coat the chops with flour, dry mustard and pepper before i brown them). Dilute the soup with water to make a gravey consistency. Let it simmer all day long and the chops will come out falling apart. No need to cut them up when that happens. I either serve it with instant potatoes or rice from the rice cooker along with a veggie i can throw in the microwave. Hope this gives you another idea.

Samantha - posted on 03/10/2009

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I personally love a recipe that my mom passed down to me of Hamburger soup. It takes only 20 mins to prep and makes alot. I cram lots of veggies in and my 3 year old daughter loves it. It also freezes really well. Good luck and let me know if you would like to have the recipe, I know it by heart :)

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I cook during the day and freeze the meal in containers. That way you just pop it in the microwave when they are ready to eat. Sometime I cook up to 4 meals in one day and then they can choose what they want to eat.

Claudia - posted on 03/10/2009

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I also like the crock pot, but in the summer we eat salads (with lean meat and cheese to get all the food groups), tacos- you can just make up the stuff ahead of time and store it in containers.  Soup is another biggie for me, home made chicken noodle or veggie- simple and much tastier than out of a can.  You could also dish up the meals and nuke them as needed if you wanted.  There's no need to do something special or fancy.  Good Luck!!

Jennifer - posted on 03/10/2009

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I don't know if you have a Schwan man....we buy the pot roast....put it in the crock pot in the am and fabulous by dinner....I add potatoes and carrots a couple hours before we want to eat....plus there is so much, we eat it for left overs.....good luck.....

April - posted on 03/10/2009

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I agree, crock pot recipes are great, and you don't have to do much with them (plus they stay warm!) also, if you go under the taste of home website, they have a bunch of great recipes that you can make ahead of time and freeze, and I know a lot of them taste great reheated in the microwave--my favorite is the chicken and biscuits one, all 5 of my kids and my hubby love it- it tastes like a pot pie

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I absolutely love crock pot dishes.  You can do anything in a crock pot...from chili soup, to spaghetti/meatballs, to roast with potatoes and carrots.  All quick prep times and will stay on warm until the last person eats and you turn it off.



Also you could invest in some plastic containers with lids and put your kids meals in it. So if everybody has to go at the same time you have them on hand when ready.   We have a couple of packs that you put in the microwave to heat up then insert into a insulated lunch bag.  It will keep the food warm for around 1 - 1/2 hours.



Salads are easy to make and transport.  Same as above.  Stick it in a plastic container with a lid.  Keep any meat you want in an insulated bag and add when you are ready.



We have 8 kids and are constantly on the go.  Hope these ideas help you out.



 



 

Katie - posted on 03/10/2009

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croc pot stuff is the best! its the easiest for that sort of situation because you can put it in before school in the am and come home to a hot meal. they even have packaged croc pot meals at the grocery and they have great sales on them sometimes. (feed a fam of 3-5 for under $7) my other favorite croc pot meal is chili. just add frozen meat, beans, tomatoes, and whatever else you like and cook on low for 6-8 hours. 

User - posted on 03/10/2009

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When my kids were that age, on our busiest night I would pack a dinner/lunch.  I would make them their favorite sandwich and add veggies, fruit and water.  That way if they needed to eat in the car it was easier for them.

Sheri - posted on 03/09/2009

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You might try a few crock-pot recipes... a very simple one is bbq sauce over a few chicken breasts... then you just have a bag of rolls out and they can help themselves.

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