The polytunnel in summer is a place of joy and abundance. Everywhere you look there can be something else to harvest and to eat. To help families make the most of the produce that they are able to harvest in their polytunnels this summer, here are five child friendly recipes they can choose from for easy and delicious meals:
Courgetti With Veggie Sauce
Courgettes can be a bountiful source of food over the summer months – you may even wonder what to do with them all. How about making some courgette spaghetti using a spiralising tool? Courgetti can be eaten with a wide range of different sauces that can encourage even the most fussy of kids to eat their vegetables. Boost the nutritional value of a basic tomato sauce for courgetti or pasta by stuffing it full of a whole range of blended vegetables.
For a filing and comforting family meal, consider switching out the cauliflower for broccoli in this classic dish. Make your own cheesy sauce for a somewhat healthier alternative to the shop-bought variants and this is one of the child friendly recipes that you may well find yourself returning to on a regular basis.
Child Friendly Recipes for the Perfect Pizza
Pizza is a popular family recipe, yet it does not have to be a super unhealthy option. Rather than just slapping on the tomato sauce and cheese, consider making a veggie-stuffed sauce and topping your pizza with yet more delicious summer produce from your polytunnel. Get the kids involved in building their own pizzas and this family recipe is sure to be a big hit.
No Bake Summer Berry Cheesecake
For pudding, there are plenty of options to consider that allow you to turn your summer fruits and berries into real treats. How about an easy, no-bake cheesecake. This is one of the child friendly recipes that is also a great option for making with kids. Crush biscuits for the base, slather on some sweetened cream cheese mix, then top with summer berries. Pop it in the fridge and enjoy cool for a summer evening treat.
Super Summer Smoothie
To keep the whole family happy and healthy, smoothies are a great go-to option. Summer berries form the base of these delicious drinks/ breakfasts/ snacks and for fussy eaters, you can also toss in some spinach and other high-nutrient green vegetables – they might not even notice that these greens are hidden amongst the very berry flavours.
There are plenty of ways to use produce from your polytunnel – but these child friendly recipes could be a good place to start. Check out our other recipe ideas to get more inspiration for feeding your family this summer, and throughout the year.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.