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Cauliflower Hummus

Claire Wright

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cauliflower
Cauliflower
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Serves: 4

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets and roasted*

1 tbsp tahini or smooth peanut butter (or use a little more olive oil instead)

Juice of ½ lemon

1 tsp honey

½ tsp ground cumin

Pinch of salt

1 garlic clove, grated, optional

1-3 tbsp olive oil

Veg Portions / Serving: 1

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Method:

Blitz all the ingredients together in a food processor, adding just enough olive oil to get a smooth, thick hummus consistency.

 

*To roast cauliflower, just toss florets in 1 tbsp oil and a pinch of salt, spread out on a baking tray and roast at 200C/gas 6 for 20-30 mins, until golden brown on the edges and softened.

Engaging Kids

Engaging Kids

Kids who engage regularly with veg through veg-themed activities, such as arts and crafts, sensory experiences, growing and cooking are shown to be more likely to eat the veg they engage with. Encouraging kids to engage and play with veg is the handy first step to them developing a good relationship with veg and life-long healthy eating.

Kids in the kitchen

Kids in the kitchen

If you are roasting the cauliflower now, let them kids help pull apart the florets and toss in oil and salt before spreading on a baking tray. Once the cauliflower is ready, get them to carefully add ingredients to the food processor and push the button to blitz it.

Activities

Activities

While getting kids to interact with veggies for real and using their senses to explore them is best, encouraging hands off activities like arts & crafts, puzzles & games or at-home science experiments can be a great start, particularly for those who are fussier eaters or struggle with anything too sensory. Use these veg-themed activities as a stepping stone to interacting with the veg themselves. We have loads of crafty downloads here, puzzles here, and quirky science with veg here.

Sensory

Sensory

Once you feel your child is ready to engage a little more, you can show them how to explore the veg you have on hand with their senses, coming up with playful silly descriptions of how a veg smells, feels, looks, sounds and perhaps even tastes. Find ideas, videos and some simple sensory education session ideas to get you started here.

Serving

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! Giving children a sense of ownership in the meal can make a big difference to their feelings going into it and the pride they take in it. You know your child best, but if you aren’t sure where to start, we have some fun and simple ideas for easy roles you can give them in the serving process over here.

Claire Wright

Communications Manager: After leaving Exeter University with a degree in English Literature, Claire worked in various fields ranging from youth work and charities to publishing, before starting up a food-focused website when her first child was born. After being asked to project manage the publication of Veg Power's Crowdfunder book, Claire came on board as a fully-fledged team member in 2018 to take on the role of Communications Manager, looking after Veg Power's website and social media platforms.

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