Eating red meat – beef, pork and lamb – has had a lot of negative press recently and to get the story straight the Meat Advisory Panel, an independent group of health and nutrition experts, is partnering with BritMums to promote the benefits of red meat in the diets of children. Did you know red meat has a range of important nutrients that are often low in toddlers and children – including iron, zinc, and B vitamins, selenium and potassium?
Dr Emma Derbyshire, a public health nutritionist and mother, says: “Including a small portion of red meat in the diet a few times a week after weaning can help to bridge nutrient gaps and so help to maintain good health through childhood and beyond.
Beef mince is really versatile and features in our menu at least once a week. We always buy the mince with less than 5% fat to reduce the fat. There are so many things you can do with mince and I know the boys will eat it!
Our absolute favourite has to be Spaghetti Bolognase – I could make this dish in my sleep it is so familiar! We also really love Chilli Con Carne. I add a teaspoon of cumin to the meat sauce and it just gives it depth that makes it even more delicious. Both of these dishes are really yummy made in the slow cooker.
Another family favourite is Shepherds Pie. I add lots of vegetables to this dish – onions, mushrooms, celery, carrots and peas and top with a combination of potato and sweet potato to boost the vitamin and nutritional value! With a dollop of HP this is a real winner!
Empty plates and happy boys must mean they have enjoyed it!
What are your favourite red meat dishes?
This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel.