What is National Vegetarian week?
National Vegetarian week 2018 took place from the 14th May to 20th May 2018. The campaign has become increasingly popular, demonstrating how flavoursome and low cost meat free meals can be for families.
This week’s blog is a chance for early year’s settings, families and their children to put some of the key messages from National Vegetarian week into practice, starting with Meat Free Monday! So why not seize the opportunity and get involved, cooking a meat free dish using our new step by step video for preparing a delicious and nutritious family recipe.
Launch of NEW Eat In With Early Start family recipes!
Our first Eat In With Early Start recipe is a mouth-watering, vegetarian Masala Frittata with Avocado Salsa. We hope to inspire families, their children and early year’s settings to cook healthy, nutritious, balanced meals and snacks together, supporting children to grow, learn and develop. Therefore, keep a close eye on our website and social media platforms (listed at the end of the blog) for more inspiring family recipes across the next few months!
Try our meat-free dish at home?
Meat free dishes are low in cost, saving you money on your household family budget. Vegetarian dishes provide an opportunity to try new meat alternatives including pulses, tofu and beans! Let children get involved in cooking as it is a great opportunity for children to learn to chop and mix ingredients and learn about foods along the way. So why not click the link above and Eat In With Early Start and cook with your child this week.
Try our meat-free dish within your Early years settings?
The voluntary food and drink guidelines for early year’s settings (Eat Better Start Better 2017) highlight that vegetarian children should be offered a variety of protein sources such as soya, tofu, textured vegetable protein or Quorn, eggs, pulses or ground nuts/nut butters each week as part of lunch and tea. All children should be offered one lunch and tea each week that includes pulses and alternatives (click here for more information). Processed vegetarian products e.g. veggie burgers can be very high in salt and therefore these products should not be relied on as meat replacements (home-made versions would be suitable). Quorn can be used as a substitute, though it should not be given more than once per week. Trying our recipe video as an opportunity to encourage children to learn more about vegetarian foods.
By Jamie Douglas