Reducing Carbon Emissions this National School Meals Week

Children across our partner schools are helping to reduce carbon emissions

… even if they don’t know it yet!

National School Meals Week by LACA begins this November 7th, with a very important
‘Green Agenda’ theme taking centre stage.

Research shows that introducing more plant-based meals can help reduce carbon footprints and help to mitigate climate change.

This highly popular ‘Shepherdess Pie’ recipe features on partner primary school menus and has proven to be a smash hit! Scoring within the top 6% of our most popular dishes, it would be a shame to keep this wonderful recipe to ourselves.

Shepherdess Pie


10g Bouillon (Vegetable)
340ml Boiling water
12g Gravy Granules
80g Onions
400g Meat Free Mince
960g Potatoes
80g Margarine


  1. Sauté the mince in a suitable pan, add onions to the mince and fry until golden.
  2. Add the gravy granules and vegetable bouillon.
  3. Add the water, cook until thickened and core temperature of 82C is reached.
  4. Peel and cook the potatoes and then drain.
  5. Place in a bowl and mix to cream, add margarine and mix again till potatoes are evenly mashed.
  6. Top the cottage pie mix with the potato.
  7. Bake in a moderate oven until core temp of 82C is reached and the potatoes have browned.
Join the cause by trying out this immensely popular dish at home during the
National School Meals Week and feel good knowing your delicious cooking is also supporting the reduction of carbon emissions.

We have been working with the University of Edinburgh Business School recently; Professor Angela Tregear was kind enough to analyse the carbon emissions produced by Dolce meals.

The resulting evidence shows that plant based meals score very low on the scale. Two examples of other vegan dishes that children and adults are sure to love include:

After seeing this fascinating research, we’ve decided to add these recipes to our future meal planner posts, so keep an eye on the socials for the next announcement.

You can also Click Here for a previous meal planner featuring plenty of vegetarian dishes, scroll down for the Vegan Pasta Bolognese Bake if our blog has put you in the mood for something similar.

We’d like to thank Prof. Angela Tregear at the University of Edinburgh Business School for her assistance in conducting this research, and of course LACA for creating a theme for this year’s National School Meals Week that is so extremely important. The theme is very timely, with COP27 discussions launching the same week, which according to the COP27 official website should be “A defining moment against climate change”.