Easy Dinner Idea for Witching Hour

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by Burnaid® Gel

Often afternoons are chaotic, with driving kids around to sports, getting them to do their homework or babies and toddlers at witching hour. In the chaos our focus isn’t 100%, which can then lead to rushing in the kitchen topped with kids young kids crying around our legs, which is when accidents can happen.

Ways to prevent kitchen burns:

  • Turn saucepan handle inward – to prevent the handle being knocked or pulled off the stove.
  • Never mix hot liquids in a blender – even with the lid on the blender it may explode.
  • Do not use a damp towel to hold a hot pot – as the heat of the pot will quickly come through.
  • Always use oven mitts when using the oven – to protect your hands from hot dishes.
  • Stand back when opening the oven door or removing lids from hot saucepans – as the steam can be very hot.
  • Slowly drain saucepans – if poured out too quickly the hot water can splash you
  • Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking – to ensure children are kept at a safe distance away from hot pots and pans.
  • Keep tea towels, plastic containers and bags away from the stove – to prevent them catching on fire.
  • Don’t cook while holding a child – as you can’t predict if they will reach forward and touch a hot pot.
  • Take care when microwaving – as this food can be steaming and very hot.
  • Keep water away from fry pans – the oil or water may spit and burn.
  • Take items to the boiling water – not the other way around.
  • Stir hot food with a wooden spoon – to prevent burns from a spoon.


How to treat a burn

In the blink of an eye accidents and burns can happen. To treat a minor burn place the area under cold running water for 20 minutes then apply Burnaid® to keep the burn cool so you can get back to what you were doing. Yes you just read 20 minutes, not 2 minutes, not 5 minutes, the full 20 minutes, it does feels like a long time but will make a difference to the recovery and treatment of your burn. Always remember if your burn is more serious, call 000 or seek medical attention.


Keeping kids busy while you cook

Sometimes when the kids are fussing around our feet in the kitchen it may seem easier to pick them up and hold them while stirring the contents of a saucepan but for the safety of you both you should keep them out of the kitchen. Try these ideas:

  • Place in high chair with an activity
  • Set up with books or games in another room
  • If you usually limit TV time, utilise this time for them to watch TV
  • Play with playdough
  • Set them up with toys to play with
  • Sit them at the kitchen bench with homework, colouring etc.

Easy dinner idea for witching hour

I used to prepare part of the dinner while the kids were sleeping, then it was a quick dinner prep during the ‘witching hour’. Take this meatball + sauce + pasta recipe below for example. I would make the meatballs (you could use store bought meatballs if you didn’t want to make your own) while kids were busy or napping during the day, then cover and put in the fridge until the evening. I would then cook some spaghetti, cooked the meatballs in a saucepan of homemade or store purchased (easier) sauce and by the time the spaghetti was ready the meatballs and sauce would be cooked through and ready to eat.



Chicken Meatballs in tomato basil sauce

  • Author: Katrina Springer
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 5


  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 30g parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons basil, chopped
  • 600g chicken breast mince
  • 4 bacon rashers, finely diced
  • 400g spaghetti
  • 690g Italian Passata Pasta Sauce
  • 3/4 cup basil, chopped, extra


  1. Place breadcrumbs, cheese, onion, garlic, basil, mince and bacon into a bowl.
  2. Mix with hands until well combined.
  3. Roll slightly smaller than a tablespoon of mixture into balls.
  4. Cover and place in fridge for 1 hour or until ready to cook.
  5. Cook spaghetti following packet directions.
  6. Pour jar of pasta sauce and extra basil into a medium sized saucepan.
  7. Place meatballs into saucepan, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.
  8. Serve meatballs with spaghetti, enjoy!

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Julie November 10, 2015 - 7:44 AM

I put my soup in the blender often and wondered why it always went everywhere, I had no idea it was because it was hot, I thought I put too much in the blender and could never work out the right amount for it not to explode. This recipe sounds delicious btw, going to give it a go.

Rachel November 13, 2015 - 1:53 PM

Use a stick blender in the pot. Once you keep it low to the base of the pot it won’t splash up

Lisa November 10, 2015 - 7:46 AM

I put my daughter in a high chair next to me while I cook dinner and she nibbles on some of the vegetables I am preparing and plays with some toys.

Kate - Kat's Assistant November 12, 2015 - 9:13 AM

Love this idea. Lisa!

Kylie R November 10, 2015 - 7:47 AM

I struggle with keeping my two occupied while I cook dinner, I don’t enjoy this time of day at all. So I look forward to learning more ideas.

Kate - Kat's Assistant November 12, 2015 - 9:15 AM

Hope you are able to get lots of great tips. I love the idea of preparing while they are watching their favourite tv show.

Lisa S November 10, 2015 - 8:48 AM

I also try to get some prep done early in the day, or at least at about 3-3:30 while they are still happy to play or watch TV. I put dinner in the oven or thermomix and while it does it’s thing I give the younger two their bath. I find the trick is to feed the kids reasonably early – miss 4 and Miss one usually eat about 5pm, Miss 11 will often choose to eat with them. If I waited for hubby to get home they’d be totally past it. Then they are usually reasonably pleasant until bed time. Sometimes I get miss 11 to make a salad while the rest of the meal cooks

But if I can’t get dinner started during the day, frozen fish, frozen veges or pre- made meatballs can be a life saver.

Kate - Kat's Assistant November 12, 2015 - 9:13 AM

Great tips, Lisa! I did the same thing when mine were younger. Then once the kids were feed and bathed and in bed we would sit down and have our meal and talk about the day. It was so much easier.

Nicole @ The Builder's Wife November 10, 2015 - 2:52 PM

I am so glad that my children are old enough not to have to worry too much about when I’m cooking. It’s nice to be able to involve them in the cooking without to much concern. xx

Kate - Kat's Assistant November 12, 2015 - 9:11 AM

I am loving this stage too, Nicole. Especially when my 12 year old wants to get it and do most of the cooking.:)

Carli Thom November 11, 2015 - 6:22 PM

Great recipe! I usually do the dinner prep at around 2pm before the children come home from school.Then I can just finish it off while overseeing homework/study etc and bath time when they were younger ?
I agree with Lisa, dinnertime at 5pm makes all the difference with little ones!

Kate - Kat's Assistant November 12, 2015 - 9:10 AM

I used to do the same thing when my kiddies were younger, it helps around 5pm when.:)

Melanie November 13, 2015 - 10:39 AM

Kat, is that watermelon potholder yours? If so, where did you get it????? it’s so stinkin’ cute!

Kate - Kat's Assistant November 16, 2015 - 8:49 AM

Hi Melanie, Kat got it from Larkstore.com.au about a year age. I have had a look online and they seem to no longer stock them, which is a shame because it is just gorgeous!

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