Back to School

September signals the end of the summer holidays and the start of a new school year. After a few weeks of relaxation, trips away and a less strict routine, it's time for things to return to normal!

Everyday meals in less than 30 minutes

Get organised with Collections

Thermomix® and Cookidoo® are here to help.

When you've got so much going on, it's important to plan ahead in order to avoid feeling overwhelmed. With Cookidoo® you can create Collections made up of recipes you've chosen. So, if you know Monday nights are going to be busy once the kids go back to school, create a Collection of recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less. This way when you're pushed for time, you'll have a repetoire of meals that can be cooked and eaten before you head out the door. You could also make a Collection of meals that can be made on Sunday night with enough leftovers to reheat on Monday - simple!

All-in-one recipes make life easier

Plan with My Week

By taking just a little time at the start of each week to do some planning with Cookidoo®, you'll set yourself up for success. Think about what you'd like to cook in the coming week. What cuisine are you in the mood for? What food does your family love eating? Do you have any after-school activities or evening plans? Once you've established a rough plan for your week, search Cookidoo® for recipes that meet your needs then add them to My Week. Chicken, pizza, soup, stews... whatever you fancy, you'll find it on Cookidoo®! Add your recipes to your shopping list along with any additional items you need to buy, and your meal planning and shopping list is done.

Write your shopping list

Classic family meals

Store-cupboard staples

It's a good idea to always include items like milk, butter, cheese, eggs and flour on your shopping list. Once you have these staple ingredients, all you need is a few extras and you'll have a meal! For example, to make Quiche Lorraine you just need to buy a little crème fraîche and some bacon to top up the ingredients you already have, and you've got a hearty dish for the whole family.

Grab and go breakfasts

Plan ahead

Homemade snacks and treats are not only cheaper and healthier than shop bought, they taste better, too! Filling the children's lunchboxes with homemade goodies is easy when you have a Thermomix®. Take a look at our article for some back to school snack inspiration.

Back to school snacks

Kid-friendly snacks

Make your own snacks

Our top tips

Plan ahead Especially during the first few weeks of the kids going back to school, make your life as easy as possible by relying on simple, make-ahead dinners with leftovers that can be reheated. Simply search Cookidoo® for main dishes that serve 8 people or more, to ensure you'll have lots of lovely leftovers. If you've got your eye on a recipe that only serves 4 people, try bulking the meal out with bread or jacket potatoes to make it go further.

Work as a team Invite your family to get involved with meal planning! Get together each week to browse Cookidoo® and invite everyone to pick one or two recipes they'd like to eat that week. If they've chosen meals they love, they're a lot more likely to eat them!

Lay a good foundation Use the last few days of the summer holidays to get back into a routine. Prepare meals at the weekend, create a meal plan, and organise your kitchen in preparation for the new school year.

Enjoy yourself Regardless of how busy things get, thanks to Thermomix® you can at least count on having a delicious, home-cooked meal to serve at the end of a long day. Let Thermomix® cook for you while you enjoy spending time with your family - after all, they won't be children forever!