I think we all start the year with that urge to be healthier and make better food choices. January gives us the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start again, injecting more fruit and vegetables into our diet, and generally just think more about what we eat. You’ll never hear me talk (or write) about diets, because to be honest I just don’t believe in them. I have three beautiful daughters and feel strongly that too much talk about limiting certain food groups is just damaging. I want them to have a healthy relationship with food, without any associated fear or worry. More than anything, I want them to enjoy food – just as I do.
That being said, I am definitely rethinking our usual dinner time routine at the moment and trying to come up with some tasty, fun meals that are packed full of healthy vegetables and vibrant colour. Meals that look fun, taste delicious and more importantly, that the kids are happy to eat. All too often meals can look bland, unappealing and… well… yellowish – if you know what I mean? Anyway, I’ve come up with some easy recipes (not even recipes really, more ideas) that are fun, healthy and super colourful.
The key ingredient to my ‘ideas’ are these amazingly vibrant vegetable M&S wraps, which are naturally high in fibre and count as one of your five a day.
Spinach Wrap Pizzas
1 spinach wrap (per person)
2 tbsp Passata
50g grated courgettes
20g grated cheese (of your choice)
4 halved cherry tomatoes
1.Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 350°F/ Gas mark 4.
2.Spread Passata on one side of the spinach wrap. Add the grated courgettes and top with grated cheese and tomato halves.
3.Place the pizza onto a baking tray and into the oven for 7-8 minutes.
4. Slice and serve warm.
Chicken and Avocado Beetroot Wraps
1 beetroot wrap (per person)
50g of roasted chicken (left over from last night’s roast)
Some salad leaves (of your choice)
half an avocado scooped out and cut into cubes
3 quartered cherry tomatoes
A little mayo (optional)
1. Simply lay the beetroot wrap flat and place all the ingredients down the middle. Then roll up the wrap and slice in half.
I realise this second meal idea is very simplistic and I did question whether to include it but I think we sometimes forget these simple pleasures – so I decided to leave it in because it tastes so amazingly delicious and I thought it might inspire you to come up with your own healthy and colourful wrap creations.
Another idea is to cut these vegetable wraps into small triangles and roast them (on a tray) in the oven for 7-8 minutes (with some olive oil and seasoning), to create a healthy alternative to crisps. Perfect to enjoy with a bowl of homemade guacamole or hummus.
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