Goodstart launches second recipe book
How does Moroccan spiced chicken cous cous or chickpea and vegetable curry sound for tonight’s dinner? What about a quick snack of mini quiches or vanilla and berry loaf?
These are just a few of the yummy dishes which feature in Goodstart’s second recipe book
, Good Taste Winter Warmers, a collection of recipes created with love by our chefs and cooks.
The 28-page cookbook represents the serious work Goodstart does in filling the tummies of more than 70,000 children throughout the network. And while our core business is providing quality early learning and care, providing the best nutrition possible is essential.
Research shows more than more than 70 per cent of children are not eating enough fruit and vegetables a day, and less than one third are eating vegetables every day.
Goodstart pedagogy and practice general manager Sue Robb said the research is also showing almost one in five Australian children aged two to four years old are overweight or obese and that figure is continuing to rise.
“Goodstart is in a unique position to be able to really help influence nutrition outcomes for more than 70,000 children across Australia,” Ms Robb said.
“It’s really important that we are providing the best quality nutrition and food in our centres because it’s such a core component of early childhood development. That’s why we’ve created the recipe book – a lovely way to share our meals and recipes with our families.”
Goodstart WA state manager Todd Dawson said the research shows all Australians need to take responsibility for children’s health and wellbeing.
“When children eat well, they behave better and are able to listen well and concentrate for longer. Providing the necessary nutrients for optimum brain function, growth and development is just one of the many things we can do to achieve the best outcomes for children,” Mr Dawson said
Goodstart has partnered with Nutrition Australia to turn the cook book’s recipes and more into a four-week winter menu plan for centres.
“The recipe book compliments the other work we are doing throughout our centres to promote healthy eating, such as breakfast clubs, Jaime Oliver food programs and planting community gardens.”
Goodstart Cameron Park cook Charmaine Alexander has shared her chicken noodle soup, beef and zucchini meatballs and lime and chilli fish. Sweet potato and chickpea dhal from Marlene Foulds in East Bunbury and carrot and sultana muffins from Sharlene Miller in Payneham are also destined to become family favourites.