We are always being told that to have a truly healthy and balanced diet we should try to limit the amount of meat that we eat to only around twice a week. Not only is this good for our health, but it’s also great for our bank balance too!
So, swapping some of your regular meals for a meat free recipe may be an easy feat for those child free couples out there, but what about us parents that are trying to keep our children happy at meal times as well as our bodies?
Child friendly meals
I am sure that I’m not wrong in thinking that most kids love pizza! So, why not try this quick and easy homemade pizza recipe that the kids can enjoy making with you?
All you need is 1 or 2 packets of English breakfast muffins, tomato puree, garlic, cheese, toppings and salad. Cut the muffins in two and grill, once they are warm rub them with garlic (optional) and then get the kids to help you spread the tomato puree on top. Now comes the fun part. Let your kids get creative with their pizzas, making pictures and funny faces using the toppings. Some meat free toppings are: sweetcorn, pepper, mushrooms, olives, tuna, and tomatoes. Once the kids are happy with their pizzas, pop them back under the grill for a few minutes. Once they are ready, serve with salad and maybe some homemade chips.
My kids absolutely love this meal and it is super quick to make, which is perfect for those ultra busy days. It is also very cheap, costing around £5 for a family of 4 so depending on how many toppings you choose to use it can cost around £1.25 per person.
Homemade Vegetable Curry
Another meat free meal that is kid friendly is a homemade veggie curry. Now don’t worry about it being too spicy for your kids, my boys aren’t the biggest spice fans around so I have adapted this recipe for their sensitive taste buds.
A lot of the ingredients for this recipe will be things that you probably already have in your cupboards. All you need is: 2 tablespoons of Korma curry paste (or a hotter curry paste if your children don’t mind it being spicy), 4 tablespoons of red split lentils, 1 onion, 2 potatoes, 2 garlic cloves, 1 cauliflower, 4 eggs, 1 tin of coconut milk, 1 vegetable stock cube and brown rice.
Again this is a very easy recipe, all you need to do is chop and fry the onion and garlic in some sunflower oil, add the curry paste and lentils and cook gently for 2 minutes. add the peeled and chopped potatoes, chopped cauliflower, coconut milk and the stock cube with a little bit of water. Cover the pan and let it simmer gently for around 20 minutes. Whilst the curry is cooking, put the rice on to cook and boil the eggs, once the eggs are cooked through, drain and set aside to cool off.
When everything is ready, peel and chop the eggs into quarters and add to the curry. Serve with the brown rice.
This meal can be reheated the following day if there is any left over, you could even buy some ready made puff pastry and make a curry pie to serve with some extra vegetables.
This meal costs around £4.60 to make which is around £1.15 per person and it can stretch over 2 days for us, so it is a great budget friendly meal.
Like I said earlier, my boys don’t really like spicy food, so getting them to eat curry is usually a bit of a challenge, but this budget busting, meat and spice free curry is a big hit with them, which makes me one very happy mum!
So why not try one of these super simple meat free meal ideas yourself and see if you can help lower the cost of your food bill as well as potentially increase your family’s health?
What cheap, meat free recipes do your kids love?