Have you tried these spiralised? It changes the game with courgettes.
Courgettes contain vitamin A, C and K and minerals including manganese, potassium and magnesium. Vitamins A and C support our vision and immune system and vitamin K and manganese are important for bone health.
When purchasing courgettes, aim for firm and shiny ones that when lifted up feel heavier than they appear to be.
To store courgettes, just leave whole and dry and keep in the fridge for up to a week.
Or prep by slicing a courgette in half lengthways and scoop out some of the insides. Fill those little boats with almost any mashed up mix of courgette and cooked meats like bacon or chicken, cooked whole grains such as rice, quinoa or couscous) and some greeted cheese. Roast these boats for 20-30 mins in the oven at 200C/180C fan/Gas 6.
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Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with courgettes:
Find your go-to meals in our family favourites section and see what veggies work best with them.
Find out how to add more veg to your suppers here.
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…