Having spent the past few weeks planting fruit and vegetables and watching them grow, it was time for the students to focus on how they could include them in their meals.

They know from the food pyramid that we need to include five to seven portions of fruit and vegetable in our diet every day to stay healthy.

The challenge was to create a healthy snack or meal using as much fruit and vegetables as possible. With the help of an adult, they had to source ingredients, prepare them and cook them, if necessary.

They checked for the Bord Bia quality mark which shows that the food is produced in Ireland. If possible, they bought local produce as it is fresher, helps to keep jobs in the area as well as reducing our carbon footprint.

They also had to look out for food that was in season, as different fruit and vegetables grow best at certain times of the year.

“It was fun making colcannon and rhubarb crumble because we were able to use cabbage, onion and rhubarb, which we helped to grow in our own garden at home,” say students Lauren and Emma Long.

Lukey Cotter explains: “We bought local potatoes, cabbage and meat to make a traditional Irish dinner of bacon and cabbage. I planted my own potatoes for the first time this year and I’m looking forward to seeing them grow.”

Lauren and Emma Long enjoying task four of the 2021 Incredible Edibles Programme.

Twins Lauren and Daniel Collins used turnip, carrot and broccoli in their mince meat dinner, along with the three fruits in their smoothie.

Maggie Sweeney proudly served up a salad of lettuce, tomatoes and spring onion, with some healthy homemade brown bread.

Daniel Mangan making a smoothie with fresh fruit.

“My mom helped me to make my smoothie which contained strawberries, apple, pineapple, orange and frozen yoghurt and it was delicious,” says Daniel Mangan. “Incredible Edibles is lots of fun because we get to grow, cook, eat and learn about foods which will keep us fit and healthy now and into the future!”

Watch out for the next class diary which will be all about healthy eating week 2021.

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