To be honest I am not a big fan of a pile of flavourless steamed or boiled veg thrown on the side of the plate with insistence that you have to eat it- kids I probably wouldnt eat it either!
Food should be fun, joyous and most of all delicous!
I believe if we are forced to eat something we could be put off it for life and really the exact same ingredient with some fun and funky thinking can be eaten most willingly without any prompting!
5 TIPS To Get Kiddies To want To Eat Their Veg
- Colour. Kids love colour. Just look at any day care centre, childrens hospital ward, toy section in a store. Colour means something to children, especially young children.
And fortunately there is an array of gorgeous coloured veg out there! From bright orange carrots, pumpkin and sweet potato, to red tomatoes, capsicums and deep red beetroot, to bright green snow peas, spinach and celery to purple capsicums, carrots, cabbage, even broccoli and so on and so on.
Next time you want to serve up veg make it bright and colourful!
- Grow. Kids and gardens just go together. They really do. Inspire your children about the wonderful world of vegetables by starting growing some together at home. There is something so exciting about children growing up icking and eating fresh snow peas, cherry tomatoes, herbs and spinach leaves, strawberries and capsicums straight from the garden!
- Cook together. Let them help source the veggies (garden, shop or market), help choose a recipe and then helpt to make - trust the appeal factor of that meal has just gone sky high!
Easy Broccoli, Carrot and Mushroom Stir Fry
- 1 cup broccoli
- 1 carot
- 125 grams mushrooms
- 1/4 cup red capsicum (optional)
- 2 cups glass noodles prepared according to packet ( these are super cheap and found in the asian section of your supermarket)
- 1 tablespoon ABC Kepac Manis Sweet Soy Sauce
- 1 tabelspoon honey
- Cut the broccoli into small, cute little florets
- Cut carrot into thin circles
- Cut the capsicum into little squares or long thin strips
- Lightly fry the carrot in a little olive oil until slightly soft, add in the broccoli and capsicum, honey and soy
- Stir and cook until vegies are penetratable with a fork, add mushrooms and a littl extra soy or honey if need
- When cooked stir prepared noodles through, mix together well
- Sevre on plates with an optional sprinkling of cashews
- You can fry some chicken or tufu before the carrot, making sure it is cooked and then follow the rest of the recipe.
- Add some garlic for an extra boost of flavour and goodness.
- Through some fresh baby spinach leaves in with the mushroom, even better if the kids can pick these from the garden. They can also be very finely chopped and put in too.
- Through some fresh snow pea sprouts through just before serving
- Use three different coloured capsicums cut into ling thin strips for a diferent effect.
- For older kids make it a really fun experience with a well set themed table, hot green tea and use chop sticks!
- Cut the noodles up with clean, kitchen scissors before putting through veggies to make it easier to eat
Stay tuned for the release of my new upcoming e-cookbook packed FULL of fun and exciting recipes for kids (and mum)