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30
October
2015

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

SALAD WRAPS

Tues

SAVOURY RICE

Wed

'SAUSAGE' ROLLS

Thurs

CURRY AND RICE

Fri

PASTA FLORENTINE

Vegan, egg free, dairy free and gluten free options always provided.

Donna Moor has been on leave this week,.

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23
October
2015

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

MEXICAN 'MEAT' PIES
PAD THAI or SQUIGGLY NOODLES
SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE
CHIPS & BEANS
CHEESE, TOMATO & LETTUCE SANDWICHES

Vegan, dairy free, gluten free and egg free options always provided.

Dear Parents,
As it is primary’s Shakespeare week, please remember that, as in previous years, 
ALL PRIMARY STUDENTS are to bring a PACKED LUNCH from home EVERY DAY NEXT WEEK – Monday-Friday.

Many thanks
Donna Moor
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09
October
2015

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

BAKED ZUCCHINI RISOTTO
Tues

SALAD SANDWICHES                     (Shakespeare Breezeway)
Wed

CURRY & RICE

Thurs

MAC ‘N’ CHEESE

Fri

CHIPS & BEANS

Vegan, egg free, dairy free and gluten free options provided.

There has been a great many students borrowing plates, bowls and cups at lunchtime. Please remember to pack these items daily. The school has a limited number and they are for genuine ‘Oops’ moments.

Eat well.

Donna Moor
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06
October
2015

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Tues

TEACHER ONLY DAY

Wed

THAI NOODLES

Thurs

NACHOS
Fri

SAUCY PASTA

Vegan, dairy free, egg free and gluten free options provided daily.

Calcium is a nutrient that is essential for growth and development, particularly in bones. Today a whopping 91% of women and girls still do not get enough calcium each day. Try these easy things to add more calcium to your day.

1.      Drink a cup of Milo each day, both Milo & milk are rich in calcium

2.      Top your breakfast cereal with a dollop of yoghurt and almonds

3.      Use ricotta cheese as a spread on grainy toast

4.      Add 30gr of hard cheese to your morning fruit


Eat well,
Donna Moor
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11
September
2015

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

THAI NOODLES
Tues

NACHOS

Wed

PIZZA PUFFS

Thurs

SALAD WRAPS

Fri

PASTA NAPOLI

Vegan, egg free, dairy free and gluten free options always provided.

In this, the last week of term, I have set the menu to give the children their favourites that they had missed in the past two weeks due to weather etc.

I would like to thank them for their resilience and gratitude to the unexpected changes which shows that our children are steady and thoughtful young people.

Happy holidays.

Donna Moor
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04
September
2015

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

THAI NOODLES

Tues

SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE

Wed

CHIPS ‘n’ BEANS

Thurs

GNOCCHI

Fri

CHEESE TOASTIES

Vegan, dairy free, egg free, gluten free options always provided.

Studies have shown that if you are looking for a healthier meal plan the trick is to eat something crisp and healthy before you shop.

If you eat an apple before you do any shopping you are 25% more likely to buy more fresh fruit and vegetables and less likely to be drawn into the dreaded ‘centre isles’.

There you have it – the humble apple (in season right now) saves the day again.

Eat well

Donna Moor
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28
August
2015

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

VEGETABLE RISOTTO

Tues

POTATO & LEEK SOUP
Wed

WRAPS, ROLLS & SANDWICHES

Thurs

SAUCY PASTA

Fri

PIZZA PUFFS

Vegan, dairy free, egg free and gluten free options always provided.

We are now heading to the end of term 3, where did the time go?

This time every term I turn the cupboards, fridge & freezer out to see what we could perhaps serve. In my house we call this a ‘bitsa’…a little bit of this and a little bit of that to create a meal of choice and fun.

I recommend that every household do this at least quarterly, as most frozen food should only freeze for 3-4 months. It is very rewarding, as it not only cleans up your kitchen, it saves you money and it shows you what you bought and really didn’t need.
Try it, you might find 1 or 2 weeks’ groceries right in front of you!



Eat well

Donna Moor
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21
August
2015

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...


Mon TOMATO, CHEESE & LETTUCE SANDWICHES
Tues CHEESY RICE
Wed PIZZA
Thurs VEGETABLE SOUP
Fri MAC ‘n’ CHEESE

Vegan, dairy free, gluten free and egg free options provided

One of the most commonly eaten foods in a vegetarian diet is tofu. Tofu is often called the vegetarian’s ‘meat’ as it supplies all the necessary amino acids and is a complete protein, sourced from the soybean. It is simply the result of pressing the curds of coagulated soymilk into soft blocks. Tofu is low in kilojoules and high in nutrients, which is why studies show that soy proteins can help lower the dreaded ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol. This then leads us to connect the dots and say that tofu and similar soy proteins can help to reduce risks of heart disease, menopause symptoms and help with bone strength when eaten in a healthy diet.
Here at John Colet we use tofu in our stir-fries, in our 'sausage' rolls, and as a flavoursome minced meat substitute in our Bolognese and chilli. So if the menu says ‘Beef Chilli’, you know what we are doing.

Please remember your plate, cup and bowl every day.

Eat well to stay alert,
Donna Moor
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14
August
2015

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon NOODLES
Tues TOFU FRIED RICE
Wed SAUSAGE ROLLS
Thurs CHIPS & BEANS
Fri PASTA FLORENTINE

Vegan, dairy free, egg free and gluten free options always provided

The primary students have started rehearsals for their Shakespeare performances. This can often lead to stress or fatigue while they are trying to conquer their lines.

To help reduce fatigue try adding 2 kiwi fruits to breakfast. The vitamin C in Kiwi is absorbed up to 5 times faster than vitamin tablets etc. Only 2 kiwis give a whopping 145% of daily requirements with all the natural fibre to help keep the kids feeling fuller for longer. Vitamin C is a wonder with energy enzymes to the brain.

For stress, have a couple of squares of dark chocolate at night to reduce the circulation of stress hormones found in our bodies after a hard day. Quite frankly, this will help anyone of any age!

Eat well to stay alert,
Donna Moor
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07
August
2015

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon BAKED ZUCCHINI & TOMATO RISOTTO
Tues SAUCY PASTA
Wed GNOCCHI
Thurs SINGAPORE VEGETABLE CURRY
Fri SOUP & SOLDIERS

Vegan, dairy free, gluten free and egg free options always provided

In winter, we often feel sluggish and less alert with the weather and sickness that can follow us around. We stay indoors a little more and see less sunlight as an effect.
One way to reverse this and become more alert is to eat eggs and spinach. They both contain the amino acid tyrosine that improves reaction times and reflexes as soon as it is digested. Tyrosine’s produce dopamine and epinephrine that are crucial in keeping the brain alert.
So next time you need a pick me up, don’t have an empty sugar fix, make a spinach omelette (with the yolks!) and feel yourself bounce back into action.
 
Please remember your plate, cup and bowl every day.

Donna Moor
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31
July
2015

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon POTATO & LEEK SOUP
Tues TACOS
Wed BBQ 'DOGS'
Thurs SALAD ROLLS
Fri GNOCCHI BOLOGNESE

Vegan, egg free, dairy free and gluten free options always provided.

We are now coming into week 4 - ‘The Infants Shakespeare Performances!’ I have watched them tirelessly rehearse again & again & again, so from the bottom of my heart, ‘break a leg’ and enjoy the spotlight.
This week’s menu is combinations of meals the children love that are full of energy whilst being easy to serve as we are on what is lovingly referred to as ‘drive through’ lunches throughout the performances.
Please remember your plate, cup and bowl every day.

Donna Moor
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24
July
2015

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon ‘CHICKEN’ & VEGETABLE BIRYANI
Tues HOT DOGS (Breezeway – Infants Shakespeare rehearsal)
Wed SQUIGGLY NOODLES(or Pad Thai)
Thurs EGG FRIED RICE (with Asian greens)
Fri SAUCY PASTA

Vegan, dairy free, gluten free and egg free options always provided.

Hidden Sugars are one of the largest contributors to the obesity epidemic we are facing today. It is shown to be more addictive than the illicit drug – cocaine!
The other contributing fact is our history of Government food recommendations. During the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s our parents were told to eat ‘low fat’ foods to control weight. In fact it is the hidden sugars in these foods that are piling on the kilograms. Sugar was added to replace the mouth feel and taste of foods that had been stripped of fat.
We, as parents now, have to change our parental programing, watch our sugars and teach our children that there are other taste buds in their mouths other than ‘sweet’.
Try roasting some cruciferous and low GI vegetables and blend them into a soup or a dip, add them to a frittata or simply serve them sweet and hot. The natural sugars will increase the sweetness and help swing those taste buds back to a more natural state of awareness.
 
Please remember your plate, cup and bowl every day.

Donna Moor
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17
July
2015

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon CHIPS & BEANS
Tues VEGETABLE RISSOTO
Wed LENTIL or TOMATO SOUP
Thurs VEGETABLE KORMA CURRY
Fri MAC ‘n’ CHEESE

Vegan, egg free, dairy free and gluten free options always provided.

I receive many brochures and information leaflets regarding ‘canteen foods’ that include many articles, products, viewpoints and insights into foods being served in today’s school canteens.

It is amazing how much of them are pre packaged, frozen or simply junk food. As I read the articles, I realise how lucky my son was to have had his John Colet lunch packed full of fresh and healthy produce. This is, in effect, a ‘home cooked’ meal every day as opposed to the offerings in school canteens. Our fresh and dried fruit choices, hot meals with fresh sauces, fresh yoghurts and only white milk are what the profile documents are trying to highlight. We have been doing it for years! I hope your children understand and respect the choice you have made for them by introducing them to this remarkable school and its kitchen.

Please remember your plate, cup and bowl every day.

Donna Moor
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12
June
2015

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Winter Warmers – SOUP

Mon

SAUCY PASTA
Tues

EGG FRIED RICE

Wed

PIZZA
Thurs

SUNSHINE THAI
Fri

CHIPS AND BEANS

Vegan, dairy free, egg free and gluten free options always provided.

Winter Warmers – SOUP
You can pass through Winter warmly by adding super foods and ‘nature’s remedies’ directly into your food. For example, add a touch of honey, red lentils or quinoa flakes to your root vegetable soups. Or you could add or swap celeriac into your potato-based soups and finish with fresh corn and herbs for colour and texture. You can also swap sour cream for pot-set natural yoghurt, or, my favourite, swap cream for coconut milk and make a spicy soup full of flu fighting spices such as chilli, garlic and ginger.

The best way to enjoy soup is to keep them healthy and hearty so you feel full and warm this winter.

Root vegetable soup
1 large onion
2 sticks celery
2 cloves garlic
Small knot of ginger
1 lrg sweet potato
1/2 pumpkin
1/2 head cauliflower
2 carrots
1/2 potatoes ( if desire)
Approx 1 ltr Vegetable stock
Salt
Pepper

To Serve:
Greek yoghurt & Chopped chives mixed.

1. Cook onions, celery, ginger & garlic until fragrant.
2. Roughly chop all other vegetables and place into mix. Stir through.
3. Cover vegetables with stock. If it doesn't completely cover top with more stock or water.
4. Slow boil the vegetable soup until tender.
5. Blend well. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.
6. Serve with yoghurt and chives.

Donna Moor
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05
June
2015

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

PUBLIC HOLIDAY
Tues

VEGETABLE CHEESY RICE

Wed

SAUSAGE ROLLS
Thurs

MAC ‘N’ CHEESE
Fri

BEANS ON TOAST with SALAD
                        (or spicy beans)

Vegan, egg free, dairy free and gluten free options always provided.

Recently there have been excessive amounts of repeat students borrowing the school’s spare plates, bowls and cups. This is creating unnecessary washing up for the lunch ladies and holding them back on their duties. These bowls are there for the genuine ‘whoops’ moments we all have.
Students are required to bring their own plates, bowls and drinking cups to school everyday without reference to the menu. Please ensure that their bags are packed with the appropriate dinnerware next week and for the rest of the year.
Thank you

Donna Moor
Chef

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