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Eat More Veg With This Five-Day Meal Plan For Families

Sneaky Vegetable Beef Burgers
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Even though we all know we should do it, as a nation we’re not great at eating five portions of fruit and veg a day, every single day. One common obstacle to overcome is having to make meals that are palatable to both adults and children, which is why we were very taken with this family-friendly five-day meal plan in which each dinner contains at least two portions of your five-a-day.

Better still, it’s full of recipes that slip in large amounts of veg almost without you realising, which can be a huge boon when dealing with fussy eaters.

The meals have been created by BBC MasterChef semi-finalist and cookbook author Theo Michaels’ FiveDinners (opens in new tab) service, in partnership with children’s fruit snacking company Fruit Bowl (opens in new tab). We recommend taking a closer look at the FiveDinners meal planning service, because it provides five recipes a week with a shopping list for just £5 a month. It’s an intriguing option if you’ve considered recipe boxes or healthy meal delivery services but have been put off by the prices.

The five-day plan below is a sample of what you get from the service, with five tasty, healthy dinners for families on offer.

Chimichangas

Chimichangas

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These crisp burritos filled with chicken and veg will delight all ages, and it’s easy to substitute the chicken with another type of meat, fish or even more veg if preferred. The meal takes 20 minutes to prep and 18 minutes to cook.

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One Pot Sausage And Vegetable Rice

One Pot Sausage And Vegetable Rice

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Any recipe with “one pot” in the title interests us, because it usually means it’s pretty simple and always means there’s not much washing up. This paella-style dish takes just 22 minutes to make from start to finish, and it’s great for using up leftovers, since you can swap the veg and meat in the recipe for whatever you want.

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Sneaky Vegetable Beef Burgers

Sneaky Vegetable Beef Burgers

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If you make your own burgers the opportunities to sneak in sliced and diced veg are close to endless. This simple burger recipe does just that, and if you’re not trying to be too sneaky it’s always fun to make burger patties with kids too.

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Sweet Potato And Broccoli Calzone

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Everyone loves pizza, and these calzone “pizza pockets” are a great way to make a healthy, tasty and fun dinner. Once your chosen veg is slathered in tomato purée and cheese and wrapped in a tasty pastry, it’s sure to satisfy even the fussiest eaters.

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Spinach And Turkey Meatballs With Gnocchi

Spinach And Turkey Meatballs With Gnocchi

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This one-pot dish involves crafting healthy meatballs from a winning combo of lean turkey mince and spinach. Mix them with gnocchi in a tomato sauce for a hearty dinner that takes only 35 minutes to make.

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Recipe created for the Fruit Bowl #5in5Challenge by Theo Michaels in partnership with FiveDinners.com. For more recipes, go to fruit-bowl.com (opens in new tab) or Instagram: @thefruitbowlfamily (opens in new tab) #5in5Challenge #FruitMadeFun

Nick Harris-Fry
Nick Harris-Fry

Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.