As the weather gets colder there has never been a more important time to bring back hot, nutritious lunches to school menus. That’s why we at Tilda have joined forces with LACA UK to lend our support to their Hot’ober campaign – a new initiative to get hot meals back on school menus this Autumn.
With everything that has happened this year, school caterers have been more than amazing and we have helped where we can with our Tilda Toolkit offering hints and tips to help caterers adapt in these challenging times. With social distancing in place many schools have opted for cold lunches to ease the now more complex logistics of feeding pupils during the lunch break – a solution that has worked well during the summer months. However, as temperatures drop LACA is encouraging caterers to bring back hot meals in whatever way they can, whether that’s traditional tray service, or grab and go options.
As we all know, there is nothing like a hot meal to keep you going on a cold day and not only are hot meals easily digestible – which helps a child’s concentration – but research shows warm food can help restore energy lost throughout the day*. Not forgetting that for many, the sad fact is that the hot meal they receive at school is often the only one they will get.
To help support the Hot’ober campaign and inspire school caterers we’ve teamed up with this year’s winner of the Public Sector Catering Awards, Chef of the Year (as well as LACA School Chef of the Year 2019 National Finalist and EDUCatering Excellence Winner 2018), Steven Cross of Park Community School to create some exciting new recipes your pupils are sure to love.
We’ve also teamed up with HC3S to create this delicious vegetable and bean burrito (with homemade tomato sauce). A quick, easy and safe addition to menus, with no cutlery required, adhering to government guidelines around reducing points of contact.
Why not try these on your school menu and tell us how you found them by tweeting us @TildaChef using #Hotober
For more school-friendly recipe inspiration, download our free Tilda Together Recipe Book, featuring nutritious dishes inspired by cuisines from around the world.
All include Tilda Brown & White which gets top marks when it comes to schools, offering:
- A 50:50 blend of white and brown rice, as recommended by the School Food Standards Agency
- Deliciously tasty with wholegrain benefits
- Less than 7p per portion
- Gluten free and lower GI… to leave pupils feeling fuller for longer
- Plus, for every bag sold we will donate a meal to Mary’s Meals^
So when you use Tilda rice in your dishes, not only will you be safe in the knowledge that you’re providing delicious, warm, filling and nutritious lunches, you’ll also get a lovely warm feeling inside from helping to feed children in the UK and all over the world by supporting Mary’s Meals^.
^One meal (8p) is donated to Mary’s Meals for every 5Kg bag of Tilda Brown & Rice sold