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Runner Beans

Runner beans are easy to find and cheap here in the UK. Whether sliced or whole, they are great just lightly cooked in stir fries, potato salad, or as a simple side tossed in butter or oil or soy sauce and garlic. If your child likes veg like peas, green beans or sweeter greens like pak choi, runner beans are a great next veg to try.
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Understanding veg

Runner beans grow well here, so make the most of them! Simply boil for a few mins and serve with a little butter or oil as a simple side dish, or make a delicious warm salad by stirring through cooked grains, a little bacon or chickpeas, some dressing and any other veg you like to add to salads. They are lovely with pesto, in stews or other winter one-pots, or even added to stir fries.
 

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Nutrition

They are a fantastic source of fibre as well as vitamins C and K which support healthy cell development and wound healing. 

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Shopping Guide

There is an abundance of them during mid-late summer and early autumn. Look for runner beans where the pods snap easily, the beans inside should be a pale pink or purple colour. 

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Storage

Fresh runner beans will keep in the fridge for roughly 5 days, store them in a plastic ziplock bag or container with a paper towel to soak up any excess moisture. If they go a bit limp place them in cold water to help them firm up. Frozen runner beans can be stored in an airtight freezer bag or container to be eaten within 3-6 months. 

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Serving Suggestions

Simply boil for a few mins and serve with a little butter or oil as a simple side dish, or make a delicious warm salad by stirring through cooked grains, a little bacon or chickpeas, some dressing and any other veg you like to add to salads. They are lovely with pesto, in stews or other winter one-pots, or even added to stir fries.

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Engage

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

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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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Pasta Bake

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Roast

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Stew

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Stir Fry

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If You Like Runner Beans…Try

Does your child enjoy runner beans? That’s great! Runner beans are usually savoury and slightly 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 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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