After-school snacks for hungry kids

Dear Heloise: My four sons often bring their friends over after school or practice, and as you might have guessed, they’re always hungry. English muffins have become my best friend because of the versatility they offer. I can top them with cream cheese, chutney and peanuts, or almond slices. A slice of tomato and cheese, and a few seconds under the broiler, also is a tasty treat. — Claire W., Southfield, Mich.

Claire, these are terrific suggestions. Do any of my other readers have “emergency food ideas”? — Heloise

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