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Jennifer’s Chicken & Leek Cassoulet

Jennifer John

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Serves: 4

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 45 mins

Ingredients:

1 tbsp oil

4 chicken thighs

(360g pack) 4 giant frankfurters, thickly sliced

400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

500g leeks, trimmed, washed and thickly sliced

1 clove garlic, crushed

250ml chicken stock

125g cherry tomatoes

25g parsley, chopped

Veg Portions / Serving: 2

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Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the chicken until browned, transfer to a casserole dish. Mix in the frankfurters, beans, leeks, garlic and stock. Cover and bake for 35 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes and cook for a further 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked throughout. Stir in the parsley and serve.
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

Teach the kids about safety around the hob and oven and show them how to very carefully help you add ingredients to the pan and/or stir them safely.

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.

Jennifer John

Jennifer John, a trained home economist and a member of the Guild of Food Writers has been working with the Discover Great Veg campaign for many years, including, developing recipes.

www.discovergreatveg.co.uk/

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