Recipes aim to add potato appeal to school lunch menu

School cooks are being offered healthy potato recipes for children thanks to a joint initiative between the Potato Council and the School Food Trust (SFT).

The partnership has resulted in four recipe ideas being rolled out to 22,000 schools in England, and aims to provide appealing ways to include potatoes on school lunch menus.

A number of recipes were kitchen tested by two secondary schools before being modified following feedback from school cooks and students, and nutritionally analysed.

The four favourites are now being distributed with cooking instructions, variety suggestions and nutritional breakdowns, via the trust's Cook for Success newsletter. The dishes are fiery potatoes, potato and pea curry, fish pie with creamy herby mash and fully-loaded potato skins.

Potato Council head of marketing and corporate affairs Caroline Evans said: "These recipes, which have been developed to specifically appeal to the target audience, will encourage positive eating habits which have the potential to remain with them into adulthood. This will benefit the long-term outlook for the industry."

SFT research and nutrition senior manager, Patricia Mucavele said: "Research proves that school meals help children to broaden their food horizons, so sharing new menu ideas is important."

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