All three of my children are at school, so whilst the day is relatively quiet, the same cannot be said when they come home from school. Three kids means a LOT of after school clubs and needing to be in three places at once. The girls are starting gymnastics in a few weeks and Charlie does two after school clubs during the week, so there are many days when we can get home only to go out not long afterwards. Trying to fit in getting changed and food can be a challenge so some evenings, I simply do not have the time to cook a meal from scratch as we all sit around the table. Tuesdays and Fridays in particular are essentially quick meals on the go.
I decided to take part in the Britmums Rustlers burger hacking challenge to give me some more ideas on how to make quick affordable meals that can fit in with busy schedules. We used the Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken burgers which handily come in a twin pack – twins everywhere in this house!! I headed to Tesco to pick up a few essentials and decided to head to the kitchen to create some magic.
As you will know if you read my blog regularly, I have tried to adopt a healthier attitude towards life in general and this is mainly through food and exercise. For me, I don’t really like chips so leaned towards jazzing up my burger with the aid of couscous and avocado, which I can take with me on the go or eat with the kids as I can chuck the couscous out into a bowl and simply slice the southern fried chicken burger up and pop it in the bowl.
I decided to get bit more creative and add in my favourite superfood the mighty avocado! I toasted the burger bun quickly in the toaster and mashed up some avocado. I then spread it onto the toasted burger bun to have as a little side to my main dish.
It was super tasty to be able to dip the avocado on toast into the couscous for a more filling meal. In total this meal took under five minute to prepare- how simple is that! I love that I can stick it in a Tupperware box and take it with me when I’m out and about on the go. I love the tasty chicken which is quality chicken marinated with a southern fried breadcrumb – delish!
The kids, especially my girls are definitely more happy with an actual burger and fries. I always try to make it as healthy and balanced as possible, so have switched their normal fries for sweet potato fries and added a bit of salad to the side of their plates (even pepper which is the one they are always reluctant to finish!)
I liked to toast the bread to give it a bit more of a crunch and of course, no burger and fries is complete without a dollop of ketchup for good measure. The fries only need about 15 minutes in the oven, so I can chuck them as soon as we get home. They can cook whilst we are getting washed and changed and the burger is ready in the microwave in just 90 seconds – how simple is that and definitely music to a busy parents ears!
I jazzed up the girls plates by adding just a little bit of lettuce, pepper, cucumber, tomatoes and chucked their favourite red slaw onhtop of the burger for extra taste. I used to sachet of mayo included in the pack along with the staple of most fries meals in our house – ketchup! Prep for this meal was about 5 minutes and without the fries, this could be done in lightening time.
The burgers are quick, easy and affordable; they’re stocked at most large supermarkets – I got mine from Tesco.
In an ideal world, every meal I cooked would be from scratch and nutritionally on the nose, but lets face it, who has time to achieve that? Life often gets in the way so it’s nice to know that on super busy days, you can whip up a tasty meal with loads of healthy extras within a few minutes that the whole family will love.