A heart-warming family meal doesn’t have to involve meat; for vegetarian week, we’ve been opening people’s minds to the possibilities of cooking with veg.
This Wednesday, we’ve decided to share some of the hearty family meals that we received as entries to last week’s competition. Take a look at some of these simple and healthy mid-week meals that are perfect for big families – because feeding the 5000 should have to be an impossible task…
One of the best things about these one pot dishes is that you can throw all your leftover veg into the mix, making them slightly different each time. It’s also a cost-effective way of feeding larger groups. Often, these one pot dinners don’t need any accompaniment, so they’re also a great way of cutting down on carbs, if that’s your aim.
Another great advantage of doing a large one pot meal is that you can put the leftovers in an airtight container and have it for lunch or dinner the following day, which can be a particularly thrifty move if you’re in the habit of buying lunch out.
Fancy introducing the family into something a little different? Why not try this buckwheat stir fry? It contains a couple of ingredients that aren’t normally a top favourite with the kids (such as cauliflower and asparagus), but putting them into a large stir fry can often mask the flavour – a great way of introducing them to new foods!
If you’d rather stick with something a bit more classic and a lot more risk-free, then why not opt for spaghetti bolognaise? Unlike the meat alternative, this vegetarian bolognaise can be turned around in only 40minutes, so you won’t be being pestered by hungry tums!
This vegetarian sausage, bean and apple casserole even manages to squeeze some fruit in there – making the health benefits even greater, as well as giving the dish a sweet kick. This dish is a particularly good way to get your daily dose of fibre, due to amount of beans included in the ingredients.
Not only will eating more veg provide your family with more fibre, which helps their digestion, but by packing your meals with fruit and veg, you’re lowering your family’s risk of developing heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
According to Walter Willet, Head of the Nutrition Department at the Harvard School of Public Health, ‘A diet rich in fruits and vegetables plays a role in reducing the risk of all the major causes of illness and death.’
Keeping your family healthy doesn’t have to be brain science. Why not try one of these quick and healthy one pot meals today?