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Cucumber is a kid fave – not a hard one to get children munching on! Cheap and particularly delicious in late spring/early summer when in season, it’s a winner in lunchboxes or as an after-school snack, perhaps with a dip. It’s also one of the easiest veg to add to a plate as a side, or to pop in a bowl in the middle of the table for everyone to help themselves to at suppertime.
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Understanding veg

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Nutrition

Cucumbers are a great source of vitamin K which is essential for blood clotting which is essential to wound healing when we hurt ourselves.

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Shopping Guide

Pick the ones that are firm to touch and have a darker green colour for optimal crunch and freshness.

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Storage

Keep in the fridge for up to a week, slice or chop just before eating. If you’ve got some cut cucumber leftover, wrap in some damp kitchen roll and use within a couple of days.

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Serving suggestions

Cucumbers are great raw and perfect in a salad. Try slicing cucumber and spring onions and add a dressing. You could have a go at making your own pickles by simmering equal parts water and vinegar (white vinegar or apple cider works best), a couple of tablespoons of salt, a pinch of sugar. Simmer for 10 mins, then pour over a jar filled with sliced cucumber, tightly seal the lid and leave to cool on the counter before keeping in the fridge – it will pickle and soften more over time.

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Engage

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

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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.
 

Mac ‘N’ Cheese

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Sausage and Mash

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Jacket Potato with Toppings

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Pizza

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Fajitas

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Cucumber

If You Like Cucumber…Try

Does your child enjoy cucumber? That’s great! Cucumbers are usually mild and watery and a little crunchy, 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 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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