What to cook when you work full time?

This week marked my first week back at full time work since our children were born. I have managed to work 3 days a week roughly 9-4 for the last 6 months, but the opportunity came up for a short term full time contract and I thought this could be our litmus test to see how everyone copes with me not being home until 5 or 6pm.

Previously there would be perhaps a night every so often that I didn’t get home til 7 but usually I am home well before and particularly with time to cook a decent meal. Hubby finished work at 3.30, picks the kids up and is home by 4.30 at the latest. Yet somehow he’s struggled to put a decent meal on the table. To cut him some slack it’s Ramadan so he’s doing that all while starving and a tad grumpy! However if this full time work is to become a permanent thing then I need to know how I can make sure our kids aren’t eating plain pasta and pies all week! (Thank heavens there is a new cook at child care who is wonderful and they are getting a decent lunch, but…)

So I put it to you dear readers, what are your tips and tricks for ensuring everyone still eats well when you’re not there to oversee it.

I am thinking things like ready made meatballs, Spaghetti bolognaise, but that’s where my freezer food ends and I wonder how can I pre make things like rice, risotto etc. Is it time to invest in a slow cooker? I could make casseroles and things like that, but Hubby isn’t a fan. Usually we’d just have a barbeque with salad and rice or something similar, but it seems they only like my rice and H can’t quite get the hang of it.. First world problems I know, but what tips and tricks do you have up your sleeves.

I’d love to know xx