Yum Yum Veg

Yum Yum Veg… these aren’t the usual words associated with eating vegetables … but why not?

Even from a young age virtually everyone knows that vegetables are good for you, but we don’t always want to eat something just because it’s good for us. We mostly want to eat things that we think are tasty.

And then as adults, and possibly parents, we think we need to make sure we buy and eat foods that are easy to cook and, if they are cheap then that’s a bonus.

The coronavirus has changed our lives enormously and now with all restaurants closed most of us are having to cook virtually every single day and we now realise that the 5 or 6 trusty recipes that we always use just aren’t enough. We actually need to learn some new recipes

And now it’s the summer there are lots of seasonal veg around – in fact masses of veg which normally would have gone to restaurants and caterers.

So, what to do next?

I suggest you look at Veg Power

There are some really easy recipes on here, some developed by top chefs such as Tom Kerridge and Prue Leith, but most are by people like you and me. So, we know that they are tried and tested and will work.

And they’re mostly about cooking a meal that actually has veg in it – such as Claire’s beetroot and bean burgers or Azmina’s rainbow rice (nice bit of alliteration from Claire and Azmina) or Lisa’s green veg fish cakes (disappointed by lack of imagination in the title – see once a teacher, always a teacher).

So, we do need to think of veg as yum yum veg or should that be yum yum yam or very versatile veg? (Actually alliteration is quite hard with veg).

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About the Author

Sandra Passmore – Senior Adviser, Services For Education

Sandra is a Senior Adviser in the School Support Service and has extensive experience in safeguarding, health and wellbeing and evidence based practice. She has worked nationally with key government departments (Departments of Health and Education) to help shape strategy and policy whilst still retaining the focus on working for the best outcomes for children and young people.

She has a PhD on the psychology of health related choices which has informed the development of award winning, evidence based programmes such as Health for Life in primary schools and Health for Life in nursery schools which have been proven to have a sustainable impact on improving the health and wellbeing of children and families.

Sandra has for many years been a lead in developing and delivering the DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) training that trains and supports all headteachers, senior leaders and other staff. She has been pivotal in expanding the remit of the safeguarding work to also include issues such as domestic abuse and sexual violence and harassment within the education context.

Sandra passion for improving the lives of children has lead her to develop work within Public Health and managed RCT (Randomised Control Trials) on the effectiveness of interventions such as the daily mile. She is also working with colleagues both locally and nationally to reduce health inequalities in children both in early years and primary schools. Additionally Sandra has written books for teachers and pupils as well as peer reviewed academic journal papers.