Broad beans are easy and quick to cook, and work just as well in pasta, risotto and soups as they do in salads or as a side dish in their own right. To make the most of their flavour, try pairing them with lemon or cheese or mint, all of which are delicious with them.
They’re rich in Vitamin A and some B’s like thiamine and riboflavin (B1 and B2) both of which help the body to release energy from food.
Try to get your broad beans as fresh as possible, the pods should be firm and crisp minding soft spots caused by pockets of air.
To store in their pods, keep in a perforated bag (or a bag that’s slightly open to allow airflow) for up to 5 days. Broad beans freeze well, too – just prep as below, then blanch in boiling water for 2-3 mins and spread out on a tray to freeze for a couple of hours, then keep in a freezer bag or container for up to 6 months.
They are easy and quick to cook, and work just as well in pasta, risotto and soups as they do in salads or as a side dish in their own right.
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Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with broad beans:
Find your go-to meals in our family favourites section and see what veggies work best with them.
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The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it!
The first thing to do is remove the pressure. If the veg doesn’t get eaten, it’s not the end of the world. There will be other days, other dinners, other chances. Fun is key here – try not to worry about mess, perfect table manners, or playing with food. Instead, focus on making the process of getting the food to the plates, readying the table, and the actual eating relaxed.
The best principles for success here are the Three Rs (role modelling, rewarding, re-offering) which you can read about here.
But there is one more way you can serve for success, and that is giving your child a role. You don’t have to do this every time, just encourage them in their strengths through it when you can.
Here are some of our favourite ideas:
Design a menu
Come up with a silly name or story for a dish
Help with making a meal plan and choosing veg for dinners or snacks
Help to serve up the meal on dishes, lay the table or create a centrepiece to be involved in the physical ‘serving up’ process
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