Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.*

I don't know about you, but I feel like my mid-day and evening meals are just not complete without veges.

Is that old fashioned?

Is that a product of my 'meat and three veg' childhood?

Whatever it is, I don't really care! Because I really love adding veges to each and every meal. Breakfast isn't complete without fruit.

Adding veges to every meal is the very best way to ensure that you're getting the most out of your nutrients. It helps you to feel fuller at the end of the meal and will also help to keep you regular. Win Win!

But, what are some hints and tips for adding veges to each meal? Some meals (like stir-fries) lend themselves easily to adding veges. But some, like spaghetti bolognese, aren't as simple. So, here is just some of the things that I like to do with my meals:

  • Spaghetti bolognese is on fairly high rotation on the menu of this house. I don't like to 'hide' veges on the kids (how are they going to learn to like the taste if they're always hidden?) So, instead, I like to chop up a fresh tomato and grab a handful of spinach to add to my bowl upon serving;
  • Pumpkin soup in my house is 'orange vegetable soup' - it gets carrots and sweet potato as well!
  • Same goes for broccoli soup - often getting green split peas added to it;
  • Once a week, one of the girls gets to choose the Sunday night meal. Often they want simple, bland food (as kids do). So, whatever they ask for, I also make sure that there is a salad or a selection of cooked vegetables to go with it.
  • Have a selection of vegetables and fruit on hand to add to each meal. I often do a 'top-up' shop halfway through the week to ensure there is enough plant foods to get us through.

What are your hints and tips?

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