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Mangetout

Mangetout, like sugar snap peas, are a joy because of the fact that you can eat the pod as well as the peas, making them a simple solution to pod-based peas! They are cheap, able to be eaten raw or cooked, and less crunchy than sugar snap peas for those who aren’t such fans of “snap”. Try adding them to stir fries, curries, pasta bakes and stews, mixing into salads, or serving as part of a raw veg and dip after-school snack platter!
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Understanding Veg

Mangetout (a French name literally meaning “eat everything”) are a type of pea that you can eat all of, pod and peas.

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Nutrition

Eating mangetout is a great way to get in your Vitamin C which contributes to maintaining healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage. Along with Vit C its a source of Vitamin K and manganese which supports normal blood clotting and maintaining healthy bones.

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Shopping Guide

The pods should be green, rather than yellow, look moist and break crisply under pressure.

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Storage

To store, wash but don’t dry them or wrap them in a damp paper towel and place in a slightly open bag or container in the fridge to keep for a few days.

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Serving Suggestions

While they make a delicious snack raw (great with your favourite dip), and are a sweet addition to salads, they can also be cooked, but best to do so lightly to retain their colour and flavour, so think stir-fries or a quick microwave. To do this simply wash them, don’t dry, add to a covered microwaveable dish and give them just a minute cooking.

At Its Best:

June - August

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Engage

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

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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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Everyday Curry

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Sausage and Mash

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Jacket Potato with Toppings

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Pizza

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Roast

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Stir Fry

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If You Like Mangetout…Try

Does your child enjoy mangetout? That’s great! Mangetout are usually softer and fairly sweet, 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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