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8 warming winter recipes for schools

by | Oct 31, 2018 | Cookers

The colder months can take their toll on little folks both mentally and physically, which is why you need extra-special winter recipes for schools!

All these nutritious and delicious winter-warmers are easy to make, and packed full of healthy vitamins and nutrients. There are also a few not so cheeky treats thrown in for good measure!

Help your students keep their temperature, spirits and attention up until spring with these awesome winter recipe ideas tailor-made for school canteens.

Epic winter recipes for schools!

Get stuck into these mouth-watering winter recipes and give your little folks the fuel they need to ride out the winter months:

Main courses

1) Soups and broths

Winter is the season for hearty soups and broths. They’ll warm kids up, and are a great option for sneaking in a few extra vegetables.

Plus, you’ve got a host of flavour combos to consider, such as:

  • Leek and potato
  • Minestrone
  • Sweet potato and butternut squash
  • Carrot
  • Tomato
  • Chicken
  • Scotch broth

They’re cheap, easy, and the possibilities are endless!

2) Jacket potatoes

When not deep-fried, potatoes can actually offer kids a lot of benefits.

Simply leave some trays of spuds merrily baking away while you prep a range of healthy fillings, such as:

  • Cottage cheese and tomato
  • Tuna and sweetcorn
  • Peppers and hummus
  • Baked beans

3) Pasta bakes

They can be a tad indulgent, but they’re super-easy to make and much loved by small kids and big kids alike.

It’s time for a fresh take on the pasta bake, so tie in a few healthy seasonal ingredients, such as pumpkin, root vegetables and wild mushrooms.

Boost those nutritional credentials by replacing some of the pasta with good roasting veg (like peppers or courgettes), or make the whole base from sweet potatoes.

4) Casseroles

Casseroles are a great one-pot dish, making them ideal for school canteens. Stick with the classics such as beef and veg, or give things a seasonal twist with flavours like pork and apple.


5) Winter berry crumble

Simple, tasty and loaded with vitamins, this winter-spin on a British classic is a great option for lunchtimes.

Use blackberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and/or redcurrants and a sprinkling of cinnamon to give your crumble that distinctive winter taste.

6) Winter fruit salad

Or, mix these berries with chopped pear, apple and maybe even a few citrus fruits to create a fantastically healthy fruit salad.

7) Freshly-baked cinnamon, oatmeal and raisin cookies

We all need a little treat every now and again. Ditch the chocolate chips and rustle-up a batch of wholesome, fibre-rich cinnamon, oatmeal and raisin cookies.

Got the equipment you need?

You won’t get very far with these recipes unless your school canteen equipment is up to scratch!

Technology moves fast, and the latest generation of school ovens, dishwashers and refrigeration units is more robust and reliable than ever before.

All this, and with the capacity to turn out hundreds – if not thousands – of meals in time for the lunch bell.

Get stuck into all these winter recipes for schools by upgrading your equipment with a little help from Utility Rentals!

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