HAF Cookbook

Providing a healthy, nutritious meal for your child(ren) on a tight budget can be both daunting and challenging for anyone. Below is a useful set of resources to help with this.

All cooking videos aim to be as accessible as possible and were designed to get the whole family involved. Throughout the videos, the chef provides details of how younger children can also get involved in food preparation. The main purpose of these videos is to engage children with food and provide whole family food education to promote nutritious, sustainable recipes that families can enjoy throughout the winter period.


Recipe follow-along:
Vegetable Egg Fried rice

Age range: 4+ when viewing with an adult               

Purpose: To build family engagement and interest in the kitchen environment.      

Increase whole-family confidence in the kitchen by providing a preparation and cooking tutorial.     

To promote plant-based/ meat-free recipes in line with the UK’s Sustainable Development Goals.

To provide basic evidence-based nutrition information to children and families.

A simple ‘how to’ guide for a vegetable egg fried rice.

Sustainable Development Goals: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/implementing-the-sustainable-development-goals/implementing-the-sustainable-development-goals--2

 

Recipe follow-along:
Spaghetti Bolognese with a plant-based twist

Age range: 4+ when viewing with an adult

Purpose: To build family interest and engagement in the kitchen environment.

Increase whole-family confidence in the kitchen by providing a preparation and cooking tutorial.

To promote plant-based/ meat-free recipes in line with the UK’s Sustainable Development Goals.

To provide basic evidence-based nutrition information to children and families.

A simple ‘how to’ guide for a plant-based Spaghetti Bolognese.

Sustainable Development Goals: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/implementing-the-sustainable-development-goals/implementing-the-sustainable-development-goals--2

 

Recipe follow-along
Shepherds Pie: with a plant based twist

Age range: 4+ when viewing with an adult

Purpose: To build family engagement and interest in the kitchen environment.

Increase whole-family confidence in the kitchen by providing a preparation and cooking tutorial.

To promote plant-based/ meat-free recipes in line with the UK’s Sustainable Development Goals.

To provide basic evidence-based nutrition information to children and families.

A simple ‘how to’ guide for a plant-based Shepherd’s Pie.  

Sustainable Development Goals: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/implementing-the-sustainable-development-goals/implementing-the-sustainable-development-goals--2

 

Recipe follow-along:
How to prep like a Pro - The Onion

Age range: 4+ when viewing with an adult

Purpose: To build family engagement and interest in the kitchen environment.

Increase whole-family confidence in the kitchen by providing a preparation tutorial.

A simple ‘how to’ guide for how to prepare an onion. 

Food Facts:
Low-Fat Doesn’t Mean Healthy

Age range: 7+ 

Purpose: To engage children and families in food and nutrition.

To provide evidence-based nutrition information to children and families.

To promote nutritious food options to children and families.

To prompt families to read nutrition labels when shopping.

To increase families confidence to be able to make smart choices when shopping in the supermarket or online.

To reduce food stigma, e.g., ‘fats are bad’.

Food labelling / nutrition information resources:

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/food-labelling-terms/

 

Food Facts:
Nutrient Friends. Iron and Vitamin C

Age range: 10­+ 

Purpose: To engage children and families in food and nutrition.

To provide evidence-based nutrition information to children and families.

To promote nutritious food options to children and families.

https://www.bda.uk.com/resource/iron-rich-foods-iron-deficiency.html

Food Hacks:
Portion control. How to Make the Most of Our Hands

Age range: 4+

Purpose: To engage children and families in food and nutrition.

To provide evidence-based nutrition information to children and families.

To promote nutritious food options to children and families.

Health promotion: increase portion control awareness for children and families.

To increase children and families awareness of different food groups.

Portion control infographic: https://www.eufic.org/en/healthy-living/article/how-to-measure-portion-sizes-with-your-hands-infographic

How to get 5-a-day: https://www.bda.uk.com/resource/fruit-and-vegetables-how-to-get-five-a-day.html

The Eatwell Guide: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-eatwell-guide

The Eatwell Guide (Unravelled): https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-eatwell-guide/

 

 

Food Hacks:
How to Design a Meal

Age range: 6+

Purpose: To engage children and families in food and nutrition.

To provide evidence-based nutrition information to children and families.

To promote nutritious food options to children and families, with a focus on fruit and veg promotion.

To introduce families to the government guidance around healthy eating: the Eatwell Guide.

To promote food sustainability: introducing the UK’s Sustainable Development Goals.

To provide families with recipe inspiration and money saving ideas.

The Eatwell Guide: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-eatwell-guide

Recipe calculator: https://realfood.tesco.com/what-can-i-make-with.html

Sustainable Development Goals: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/implementing-the-sustainable-development-goals/implementing-the-sustainable-development-goals--2

Mixed bean chilli recipe: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/mixed-bean-chilli-wedges

Page updated: 08/03/2022 Page updated by: Rita Rountree

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