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Brussel Sprouts

All children hate sprouts right? Wrong! If your child has a strong aversion to bitterness, they may not come round, but many do enjoy them if they are prepared well. They are best not boiled or mushy, but by bringing out their sweetness through frying or roasting. Try tossing halved sprouts with oil and salt and roasting until going golden and sweeter, or just shred or grate them finely into a salad raw, or pan-fry those shredded sprouts in butter or oil like leeks, serving as is or topped with some grated Parmesan or crispy breadcrumbs. And remember, sprouts are always cheap, and actually taste sweeter after frosts, so might be tastier after Christmas!
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Understanding Veg

Our beloved brussels became popular in Britain towards the end of the 1800s and gained their name after the Belgian capital. In season September to March, they are not just a Christmas veg, and often taste sweeter after the first frost in January/February! The amazing Stuart Kettell once rolled a Brussels sprout to the top of Mt. Snowdon using only his nose – try searching online for a great video of his challenge.

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Nutrition

Sprouts are great for getting in your fibre and rich in vitamin C, K and folic acid. This makes brussels a great source of folate which helps to reduce tiredness and improve alertness.

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Shopping Guide

Look out for a bright green colour on your sprouts that feel firm to touch. Top tip: for a sweeter sprout go for the smaller or medium sized heads.

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Storage

You can keep your Brussels sprouts in the fridge for a week when kept dry and in the freezer for longer. Blanch the sprouts in boiling water for 3 mins first, then leave to cool before laying on a tray and popping in the freezer for a few hours. From here you can throw them in a storage bag or container.

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Serving Suggestions

You can boil, steam, or microwave sprouts with a small amount of water, however many kids prefer them less mushy and more caramelised by stir-frying or roasting. Just toss them in some olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.

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September - March

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Engage

Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with Brussels sprouts:

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Your Food

Sprouts can be a little bitter and not easy to like (especially when boiled until soft which brings out the bitterness!), but with a little effort you can make them different and exciting…

Use our simple sprout side dishes and family favourite meals that work well with sprouts to convince the sprout-skeptics in the family!

Pan-fried sprouts and bacon

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Sprout slaw

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Simple roasted sprouts

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Sausage and Mash

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Family Favourites

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Stir Fry

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Brussel Sprout

If You Like…Try

Does your child enjoy sprouts? That’s great! Brussels sprouts are usually fairly bitter and leafy, so why not try a similar texture and/or taste…

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Serving

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.

Try making one of our simple sprout sides (like simple roasted sprouts) and ask your child to help with one small part of the recipe (peeling the sprouts can be fun, and an older child could help you halve them and toss in oil).

While the sprouts cook, ask your child to design a menu for dinner including a sprout-themed image to showcase the veg being used!

The Wonderful World of Veg

Check out our vegepedia. When to buy in-season. How to store them to keep for longer. How to engage children with each veg, and simple ideas of how to prepare and cook them for maximum taste and minimum waste. Select a veg…

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