Nutrition: Nursery Food & Recipes

Advice on early years nutrition and food, plus favourite nursery recipes to get young children eating healthily.

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On the menu - favourite snacks

Lisa Morrison, head cook at Caring Kindergartens, shares her top two homemade snack recipes

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On the menu - Rainbow Frittata

An Italian omelette containing vegetables, seasonings and cheese.

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On the menu - Chunky Spaghetti Bolognaise with Apricots

Zainab Jagot Ahmed, author of Indian SuperMeals, Baby and Toddler Cookbook, 4.99, gives us one of her most popular recipes that uses plenty of herbs and spices without...

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On the menu - Cheesy Feet

This is the favourite snack of Phoebe and Daisy Thompson, who attend Dizzy Ducks' Mayflower nursery.

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On the menu: Vegetable Balti

Supplied by Satu Pukkinen, dietician at Church Hill Nursery and Children's Centre, Walthamstow, London

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On the menu: mackerel fish cake

Mr Willow's mackerel fish cake to share, supplied by Valerie Grady, food scientist and founding director of Willow Cottage Nurseries in Oxfordshire

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On the menu: Lemon Bakewell tart

Supplied by Karl Finnerty, head chef at Chapel Street Nursery and Children's Centre in Luton

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On the Menu: Sweet Potato and Ginger Cake

Provided by Tristian Strover, chef at Tootsies Day Nursery, Farnham, Surrey

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On the menu: Chicken roulade

Supplied by Snapdragons Nursery, Bath, winner of this year's Nursery World food award

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On the menu: Avocado chocolate mousse

Supplied by Janis Crutch, chef and co-owner of Little Monkey's Nursery, Windsor

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On the menu: Greek Lamb Pastitsio

Supplied by Janis Crutch, chef and co-owner of Little Monkey's Nursery, Windsor

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A Unique Child: Nutrition - How to make the most of ... root vegetables

Piling root vegetables into roasts and stews is nourishing and scrumptious as well as a being a great bargain, says Mary Whiting.

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A Unique Child: Nutrition - How to make the most of ... meat

Serving meat at nursery doesn't have to cost the earth - if you know which cuts to buy and what to do with them, says Mary Whiting.

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A Unique Child: Nutrition - How to make the most of ... Pulses

For a nursery on a budget - or any nursery that wishes to serve good healthy food - pulses can be a godsend, writes Mary Whiting

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A Unique Child: Nutrition - How to make the most of ... Apples

Easy to eat, serve, and store, versatile, well-liked, available all year and often a bargain, apples can be the ideal fruit, says Mary Whiting.

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A Unique Child: Nutrition - How to make the most of ... Rice

Easy, economical and quickly cooked, rice can be the basis of a wealth of exciting dishes, says Mary Whiting.

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A Unique Child: Nutrition - How to make the most of ... Tinned fish

How to get children to eat fish? No problem, says Mary Whiting - go for tinned. It's tasty, quick, easy, highly nutritious and a huge bargain.

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A Unique Child Nutrition: How to make the most of ... Tomatoes

Children often find tomatoes sour, but Mary Whiting has some irresistibly tasty ideas for this nutritious fruit.