We’ve been posting recipes popular with the children of Circus Day Nursery here in Cheltenham on the blog for a few months now.   Our own Chef Andy develops these healthy dishes just for your little ones.

Today we are featuring another of these recipes: Vegetable Curry.

Vegetable curry is a great way to help your children (and you!) eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day plus there’s quite a bit of fibre and a great source of protein in the dish – chick peas – that’s easy on your budget.

Mind you, getting all these nutrients into children might not be the challenge.  Did you see the recent article in The Daily Mail: Men are Worse than Toddlers at Eating Fruits and Vegetables, Study Finds?

From the article: ‘While pre-school children consume an average of 12 different types of fruit and vegetables each week, the average man only eats half that number. In fact, the average man only eats a meagre 1.2 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.’

In fact, here at Circus we ensure that your children consume their “Five a Day” here with us in the meals and snacks we provide.  So what better way to ensure that all the members of your family get the nutrients they need from their diet than to prepare a dish developed here at Circus in your home?

The children here at Circus love this dish and we are sure everyone in your family will enjoy it at home as well.

Vegetable Curry

Serves 4

Preheat oven to 190C Gas mark 5

2 x peppers chopped

1 onion chopped

6 mushrooms sliced

Heat a small amount of oil in a saucepan, add the vegetables above and soften them over a medium heat stirring to ensure they cook evenly.

Add to the vegetables in the pan:

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 tin of chick peas – drained and rinsed

1 jar of mild curry sauce

Simmer all the ingredients together in a pan or transfer to a slow cooker to allow the flavours to mingle and the sauce to develop.

Meanwhile prepare four portion of easy cook rice as directed on the packet.

Serve the curry and rice together – delicious!

We  love your feedback.  Is there a recipe that your child raves about from Chef Andy’s Five Star Rated kitchen?  Something you wish you could try?  Drop us a line here in the comments below or on our Facebook page and we’ll ask Andy for his secret recipe for your child’s favourite dish.