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Spring Onions

Spring onions are usually added to salads or as a last-minute extra to top some Mexican or Asian recipes, but their lovely mild onion flavour works beautifully in lots of dishes, or even roasted or grilled whole and served as a side, or placed whole under a whole chicken when roasting, or in a broth or minestrone for a warming soup dish. They are cheap and take very little prep, and their mild peppery onion flavour and crunchy texture make them a great addition to dishes lacking the crunchiness and slightly sweet sharpness that some kids love.
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Did you know you can regrow your store bought spring onions in just a jar of water? Simply cut off the white ends of the spring onions about an inch long leaving the roots attached. Place these in a jar submerging just above the roots in water and let this sit by the window sill, changing the water every few days. Watch out for your new free spring onions!

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Nutrition

They are a great source of vitamin K to meet your Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) supporting blood clotting and an essential role in bone health.

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Shopping Guide

Try and go for vibrant green leaves avoiding those that are slimy or wilting but don’t overlook any in the reduced section of your supermarket. Often found here the bulbs can be saved and cut off to regrow your new ones at home.

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Storage

To store, they’ll keep on the counter for a couple of days, but up to 2 weeks if sealed in an airtight bag or container in the fridge.

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Serving Suggestions

Spring onions are usually added to salads or as a finishing flavour to top some Mexican or Asian recipes, but their lovely mild taste makes a great addition to lots of dishes.

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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 spring onions:

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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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If You Like Spring Onions…Try

Does your child enjoy spring onions? That’s great! Spring onions are crunchy and peppery, so why not try a similar texture and/or taste…

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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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