Known as “neeps” in Scotland where they are most popular, swede is often confused with turnips, but has a mellower, sweeter flavour and different colour. Use them as you would turnips or other root veg – cubed and boiled or steamed for about 15 mins. or roasted for 45 mins to an hour, sliced into “fries” and roasted then sprinkled with Parmesan, turned into root veg mash, or added to winter warming one-pots like soups or stews.
Swede is another great way to pack in your Vitamin C.
Try to pick up a swede that is on the smaller side for a sweeter flavour with smooth skin that’s free from blemishes.
They can be kept in the fridge whole or in a slightly opened zip-lock bag.
Try in place of potato or with other root veg to make a mixed veg mash.
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Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with swede:
Find out how to add more veg to your suppers here.
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
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