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Pak Choi

Pak choi is sweeter than most cabbage so great for kids! It is quick to cook, soft and sweet to eat, and packed full of goodness, not to mention affordable and versatile. Cook it quick to treat it best, but remember that the stems cook slower than the leaves, so separate them and slice the stems, adding them to the pan before the leaves for a couple of minutes. Stir fry, barely braise or steam, or add at the last minute to soups or one-pot stews and casseroles. They are even delicious simply halved and roasted or braised in halves for a little longer (they look beautiful and are perfect tossed in soy sauce over rice).
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Known as “pak choi”, “bok choy” or a type of Chinese cabbage, this cabbage green is lighter, fresher and sweeter than many leafy greens.

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Nutrition

Pak choi like other leafy greens is a great source of vitamin C and other antioxidants like zinc and beta-carotene which help to repair cell damage in our bodies.

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Shopping Guide

Look for a vibrant green colour with firm stalks that are unblemished.

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Storage

Store in the fridge for up to 5 days to a week.

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Serving Suggestion

Cook it briefly to treat it best, but remember that the stems cook slower than the leaves, so separate them and slice the stems, adding them to the pan before the leaves for a couple of minutes. They are even delicious halved and roasted tossed in soy sauce over rice.

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Seasonality

Buying veg in season is not only great for the planet, it can be good for your wallet, too! Seasonal veg are often cheaper and frequently taste better, so can be a better time to try with a child as the often sweeter, riper taste is more enjoyable.

At Its Best:

January - December

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Engage

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


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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.
 

Recipes

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If You Like Pak Choi…Try

Does your child enjoy pak choi? That’s great! Pak choi is usually crunchy (stems) and soft (leaves) and a little bit bitter (leaves) and a little bit sweet (stems) 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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