We have been trying to eat more fruit and vegetables as part of our diet. H actually does pretty well as he tends to get a few portions in at lunchtime either on school dinners or in his packed lunches. He also has fruit as part of his breakfast. I tend to find it harder and I’ve been making some changes to what I eat to help fit them in. I’ve found though that it’s easier to fit in more vegetables when you make them the main event at dinner time.
Busy mealtimes and lots of activities can make preparing a full meal a bit difficult, so for those evenings when you need to cook and eat fast, I sometimes seek a bit of a helping hand. Over the last week or two that help has come from Goodlife Foods. They aim to source the healthiest vegetables from the finest farmers in the UK to create nutritious vegetarian meals. Goodlife asked us to try out some of their products and see how they fitted into family mealtimes. We tried out their Spicy Veg Beanburger with a burger bun and some salad. It was really quick and easy to put together. The burger can go in the oven for 20 minutes and you can use a pre-prepared salad for speed. I added on some fried onions as that’s my favourite burger extra. There was a pleasant kick of chipotle chilli, but it wasn’t too strong and fine for children as long as they tolerate a bit of spice.
It’s been a while since we had a Chicken Kiev for tea, but I hadn’t thought of having a vegetarian one before. These Vegetarian Kievs are made with mushrooms and spinach and are very tasty. Again they don’t take long to cook and inside the crunchy breadcrumb coating there’s a creamy garlic and cheese sauce. I just served them with some steamed veg and fried leeks: yummy and easy. I think the next meal I will try is their Falafel with Chickpea, Cumin and Coriander as I love the idea of serving this up with salad in some pitta bread envelopes.