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Celery

Celery is a great staple – cheap and easy to find, and just as great for those who love a raw crunchy veg with dips as for those who prefer it diced and cooked down as a base for a sauce, in a soup, or cooked low and slow with butter or oil like leeks.
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Understanding Veg

Celery has pure raw power – not only awesome with dips, but also great in lunchboxes and almost any salad. It has serious crunch for those who love raw veg! Yet, there is more, so much more – try adding celery to meatballs and tomato sauce, and cook until soft or add them to almost any stew or soup for extra flavour and veggie goodness.

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Nutrition

Celery, much like cucumber, has a high water content. It’s also rich in minerals like potassium and calcium which are important for heart health as well as folate which helps the body to form healthy red blood cells.

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Shopping Guide

You want fresh, firm stalks for your celery where they don’t feel or appear to be rubbery.

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Storage

To store, wrap a bunch of celery tightly in tin foil and keep in the fridge for up to a month.

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Serving Suggestions

Try a stick of raw celery with any of your favourite dips. Celery is  not only awesome with dips, but also great in lunchboxes and almost any salad. Try adding along to any spag bol or meatball sauce along with you tomatoes, carrots and onions.

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June

At Its Best:

July - December

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Engage

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

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Your Food

Find your go-to meals in our family favourites section and see what veggies work best with them.

We’ve gathered together 15 of the nation’s favourite meals and given you step-by-step ways to make small improvements, helping you to make healthier dinners the easy way, and even showing you which veg work best with which recipes.
 
Find out how to add more veg to your suppers here.
 
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Rice & Beans

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Family Favourites

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Veg Tagine

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My Microwave Chilli Con Carne

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Jamie's £1 Wonders

Mac ‘N’ Cheese

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Sausage and Mash

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Jacket Potato with Toppings

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Jollof Rice

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Lasagne

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Pasta Bake

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Roast

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Shepherd’s Pie

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Stew

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Family Favourite

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If You Like Celery…Try

Does your child enjoy celery? That’s great! Celery are usually crunchy and a little peppery, 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.

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




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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