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Mushroom

Mushrooms can be a love it or hate it kind of veg, but you may be surprised how many kids jump on board! Texture is often a biggie with mushrooms – if your kid isn’t a fan of the slimier texture of a fried mushroom, perhaps offering raw ones (which also taste completely different!) or roasted drier ones, or pickled mushrooms on a pizza, or even pieces stirred through a risotto or stew in a less obvious way may be the winner! There are endless varieties and flavours with mushrooms, so if your family don’t like one, try another. They are cheap, easy to cook, and kids can take on the cleaning process with a damp paper towel to feel like they’ve helped you prep dinner.
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Understanding Veg

There are zillions of different types of mushrooms. Many grow wild but some of those can make you sick, so don’t pick them unless you know your mycology (the study of fungi). The mushrooms we usually eat are button mushrooms and are particularly awesome pan-fried with butter and garlic until soft and succulent. Did you know? The largest living thing on Earth is a humongous fungus – a mushroom. The Honey Mushroom in Oregon Blue Mountains is nearly four square miles and estimated to be at least 2,400 years old!

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Nutrition

Mushrooms are a fantastic way to load up on your B vitamins which are great for energy support. When mushrooms are grown in adequate sunlight they can be an extra source for your daily vitamin D dosage.

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Shopping Guide

Look out for mushrooms that are firm with a smooth surface and appear to be dry without looking dried out. If you like a richer flavour to your mushroom then try to purchase those that are open underneath with exposed gills so you can see the inside. Mushrooms with a closed veil typically have a more delicate flavour.

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Storage

To store mushrooms, keep in the original packaging or a paper bag in the fridge for up to a week.

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Serving Suggestion

When ready to use them, prep mushrooms by wiping clean with a damp paper towel. The mushrooms we typically pick up at the supermarket are button mushrooms. Just pan-fry in butter and garlic until soft.

At Its Best:

January - December

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Engage

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

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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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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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Jollof Rice

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Lasagne

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Pasta Bake

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Pizza

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Roast

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Shepherd’s Pie

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If You Like Mushrooms…Try

Does your child enjoy mushrooms? That’s great! Mushrooms are savoury, earthy and soft, 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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