Day 3: Five a Day

Eating more fruit and veg is important for us all, but how many of us actually manage to eat 5 A DAY?

Fruit and veg are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and fibre which may help reduce the risk of nasty diseases like cancer and heart disease. So it’s important for kids to eat a variety of at least five portions of fruit and veg every day.

Fruit can be fun for kids, especially if it’s something they’ve never tried before. Do a little research and find out where the fruit comes from.

Add a handful of peas and sweetcorn to a family favourite like Cottage Pie.

Today’s recipe suggestion

Pasta ratatouille bake Serves: 4Time: 1 hr 15 min

A starchy favourite that will leave your kitchen smelling like a French bistro with its sweet blend of herbs and vegetables

Ingredients

200g macaroni (dry weight)
2 tbsp olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 tsp fresh or dried oregano 1 tsp fresh or dried basil 4 medium tomatoes, chopped 4 small courgettes, sliced 200g broad beans, fresh, frozen or canned (rinsed)
125ml vegetable stock, made from ½ low-salt stock cube 25g parmesan cheese, grated

Method Preheat the oven to 180°C / gas mark 4.
Cook the macaroni according to the instructions and drain.

Meanwhile, heat the oil and cook the onion and garlic slowly until it’s tender and golden.

Stir in the herbs, tomatoes, courgettes, beans, stock and seasoning and simmer for 5 minutes.

Combine the pasta and vegetables. Place in a baking dish and sprinkle the cheese on top then cover and cook for 30-35 minutes.

Recipe provided by the FSA
www.eatwell.gov.uk