Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
180g plain or wholemeal flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
250ml semi-skimmed milk
2 spring onions, sliced
1/2 red chilli, de-seeded and sliced (optional)
1 tsp curry powder
handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped (optional)
350g sweetcorn (frozen and defrosted or tinned and drained
1 large sweet potato, grated
1 tbsp oil
For the dip (or just use reduced sugar and salt ketchup as a dip):
250g low-fat plain Greek or natural yogurt
handful of fresh mint, finely chopped
black pepper, to taste
Veg Portions / Serving: 1
Originally appeared in the Eat Them To Defeat Them 2020 Activity Book | Photography by Claire Wright | addsomeveg.com
Are you ready for a super corny adventure? Our yummy corn fritters can help you defeat the veg, the easy way!
Mix the flour and baking powder in a bowl. Pour in the eggs and milk and whisk to combine to a smooth batter. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
Fry the frizzlers a couple of tablespoons at a time in a hot pan with a tablespoon of oil.
Mix the dip ingredients together and serve with the corn frizzlers.
PLONK your corn frizzler in the dip, send it to your mouth, and KERCHOMP down on it!
Power Up: Give your frizzlers extra frizz by adding veg like grated beetroot or courgette, sliced peppers, peas or greens.
Watch It: See the video on how to make this recipe here.
Download it: Make sure you download the recipe card, along with the rest of the vegetable files and activities here.
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
Younger kids can:
- Make the fritter batter and dip by themselves by mixing, pouring and stirring everything together
- Tear the coriander with their hands or scissors
Older kids can:
- Help to grate the sweet potaot and fry the fritters when they are confident enough
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.
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.
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.