Backseat Parenting!
8th January 2017
#LionessMama Week 11 Round-Up!
9th January 2017
From the age of 2 I have been a vegetarian and luckily for me have never found a vegetable I don’t like which I can tell you makes being a vegetarian A LOT easier. Growing up it was much more difficult than it is now to be a vegetarian as there were very few vegetarian products that could be bought unlike now when supermarkets even do their own brands too. Eating out when I was younger meant one of two dishes – cheese and tomato pizza or vegetarian lasagna which was often sold out as it was a popular dish with both veggies and meat eaters too! You may think  that I was railroaded into becoming a vegetarian because my mother made the decision for me when I was two. However, that’s not the case… my mum sat me down and told me what the food was and as a young child it made me upset to think that people were eating my barn yard favourites and as  I grew older and learnt more I made the decision myself to stay vegetarian. Now, I am also raising a vegetarian child and when she is older I will of course give her the option too. For now though, our focus is to encourage people to grow and eat vegetables. Don’t get me wrong, I am not going to get on my podium and preach to you that each and every person on the planet should be a vegetarian, it is everyone’s own choice, but what I might shout out loud about is that we should definitely be encouraging our young ones to create a healthy relationship with vegetables. So I have teamed up with Ella’s Kitchen and their campaign #VegForVictory ….

Whether you are a little bean like Alyssa or a big potato like me, it is always important to eat lots of vegetables. Now, Alyssbaby covered in carrota’s daddy has a major sweet tooth, as do I when the occasion arises, but I wanted to try and make sure that Alyssa was not going to be a fussy eater and that she enjoyed her veggies as much as she did her sweet. Being a first time mum, I did a lot of research and actually got a great weaning guide from my health visitor created by Ella’s Kitchen to help make sure kiddies are eating all the right food. Well, they’ve taken it one step further and created the #VegForVictory campaign which is geared towards “Planting a love for veg – starting weaning with yummy veggies helps little ones develop a lifelong taste for their greens!” I could not agree more – I started Alyssa on veggies only at the beginning and I am really fortunate that despite her having a sweet tooth she is also not a picky eater and enjoys all sorts of veggies.

As I said, Alyssababy avocado and I have decided to support the #VegForVictory campaign by taking their “Two-Week Veg Pledge” where we have to try at least one new scrummy veg a day and keep track of it all on our veg chart! Not only is this a great idea to encourage little ones to eat their veg but also great for me when I am trying to eat more healthily too – especially as one of my bad habits is to pick at Alyssa’s -plate when she is done! So, Ella’s Kitchen sent us this gorgeous sticker chart and stickers (which Alyssa got her hands on and rolled around with before mummy photographed it I might add!!!) so we could keep track of what veg we were eating and when. However, I also wrote it down too so I could share with you our veggie meals for the fortnight – we obviously had some veg in almost every meal but I decided to track our main ones for the two weeks…

Day 1 – Boiled new potatoes, Veggie sausages with Carrots and Peas (3 veg)

Day 2 – Jacket sweet potatoes with Cheese and Beans (1 veg)moussaka

Day 3 – Veggie Moussaka – with onion, potato, aubergine, courgette, pepper and tomatoes (5 veg 1 fruit!!)

Day 4 – Veggie Pasta – broccoli, onion, mushroom and tomato (3 veg 1 fruit)

Day 5 – Cauliflower Cheese with Green Beans (2 veg)

Day 6 – Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Crusty Bread (2 Veg as onion in soup) … randomly Alyssa loves soups!

Day 7 – Roast Dinner with Potatoes, Parsnips, Peas and Brussel Sprouts (4 veg)… yes she does like sprouts!

Dayoverhead shot of saucepan and minestrone soup 8 – Mash Medley with Sweet Potato, Potato, Cauliflower, Parsnip, Swede, Carrot, Peas and Veggie Chicken Chunks (7 Veg)

Day 9 – Veggie Moussaka – a frozen portion from the previous week with Peas (6 veg 1 fruit)

Day 10 – Picky Lunch – Avocado slices, Cherry Tomatoes, Carrot Sticks, Cucumber Sticks, Cheese cubes and Crusty Bread (3 veg 1 fruit)

Day 11 – Minestrone Soup – Potato, Carrot, Parsnip, Onion, Butter Beans, Orzo Pasta, Spinach, Cabbage, Tomato (6 Veg 1  Fruit)

Day 12 – Roasted Root Vegeatbles – Potato, Sweet Potato, Carrot, Beetroot, Parsnip, Swede, Butternut Squash with Rosemary (7 veg)

Day 13 – Veggie Curry with Potato, Cauliflower, Peas, Onion, Spinach, Chickpeas, Veggie Chicken Chunks and Rice (5 veg)

Day 14 – Homemade Veggie Pizza with Mushroom, Sweetcorn, Onion and Pepper (4 veg)

Wow – I found it really interesting to see how many different vegetables I used at a time and never really thought about the fact that my Mash Medley and Moussaka had so many in them. Some people will probably be shocked that I give Alyssa pizza but it is fresh and homemade meaning I know what goes in it and I can ensure there is nothing hidden away – I even make the dough as I have balls of it frozen and ready to use. That’s another thing that makes dinner time a lot easier, is that I often batch cook and freeze portions ready for madam to have at a moments notice meaning that us adults can eat the same food but a bit later on.

Thanks so much to Ella’s Kitchen for asking us to be a part of their #VegForVictory campaign – I think it is so important to encourage our little ones to enjoy their veggies as much as we do, especially as they are such a healthy thing for them to enjoy. My mum turned our garden into a vegetable heaven last year and Alyssa and I will be helping her to do the same this year so that we can enjoy even more this summer.
If you’d like more information on the #VegForVictory campaign then head over to

If you have any veggie victories you’d like to share with us then why not show us over on Instagram…

Just tag @Mummyinatutu and @EllasKitchenUK



This is a collaborative post – all opinions are my own


  1. Those meals sound very tasty. I’m not a veggie myself but when I started to wean my 11 month old I did try her just on veggies at first and now her favourite is butternut squash! xx

  2. They do sound like tasty meals, unfortunately I have a house of veg haters. I love vegetables and think I could probably manage being a vegetarian but The Hubby and BP and LP would not. They’re terrible for eating their veg, to the point that I have to hide them in meals!

  3. donna says:

    Some great meal ideas. I try to add as many different veggies as i can to our meals, and my kids love them! #foodiefriday

  4. Love the sound of these meals! We have a lot of vegetarian dinners and fortunately little one quite happily eats her vegetables. Definitely going to be trying some of these ideas! #foodiefriday

  5. I love this post! All four of my children have been vegetarian since birth, although my eldest boy converted to meat aged 7 due to peer pressure (I think I could win him back though!) I am attempting to cook 365 meals for them this year to encourage my youngest daughter to eat better so I may be borrowing some of your yummy ideas!

  6. Baking_Bron says:

    Those meals sound so delicious! I love vegetarian food but they never sound as interesting as those 😀 I definitely want to try the veggie moussaka – that sounds amazing 🙂 #foodiefriday

  7. Thankfully all of our kiddies love their veg too. This is a really worthwhile campaign! Popping over and linking up with #FoodieFriday x

  8. I love the meal plan and it’s great to show how it’s possible to eat such a wonderful variety of food without including meat. #foodiefriday

  9. Amy says:

    You meals sound lovely. my children would never try so many different things x

  10. This is a great menu plan. We are meat eaters, however over the last 6 months or so more and more of our meals have turned vegetarian or even vegan in some cases. Much of it was a financial decision but also I now do 10 day menu plans and find incorporating more vegetable dishes makes our diet far more varied than before.

  11. Edith eats pretty much anything although is becoming a little fussier as she gets older. We love veg though and every meal will come with at least 1. Edith also adores soups, She gets that from me and her Nanny! Haha.


  12. kerry says:

    These sound yummy I will be trying some of these!! My little boy refuses to try everything, yet my little girl eats ANYTHING! she eats red onions like their apples!! #foodiefriday

  13. Ky says:

    All of those meals sound amazing, and perfect for my little veggie too. I’ve definitely been cooking with veggies a lot more since she came along. x #foodiefriday

  14. What a great campaign! It seems so many parents struggle to get their kids eating their veggies. Oddly I too seem to be in the other camp as my little man loves veggies and will usually eat them over any meat I serve. You’ve inspired me, thanks! #FoodieFriday

  15. Oh I love reading other people’s weekly meal plans- great for inspiration and you’ve given me some ideas. We have a lot of veg and we’re big Ella fans when Miss Belle was weaning x #foodiefriday

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