Niki’s Warm Asparagus, Roast New Potato and Pea Salad
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
800g new potatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
Handful fresh rosemary
3 cups peas
2 handfuls asparagus
1 tsp olive oil
Pinch sea salt
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
1 tsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
2 handfuls Rocket
Veg Portions / Serving: 2
Move over plain, mayonnaise-covered bland potato salad, this springtime twist on it is roasted to perfection and even squeezes in some vegetables!
Preheat your oven to gas mark 5 (190c).
Add the potatoes to a roasting tray (I cut some of the larger ones in half) then toss to coat them on olive oil, garlic powder, salt & fresh rosemary. Roast for approx 40 minutes until crispy on the outside.
Wash & trim the asparagus then add to a griddle or frying pan with the oil. Cook for 4-5 minutes on a medium heat, turning frequently to ensure they don’t burn. Add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Remove from the heat.
Add the frozen peas to a pan of boiling water and cook for a few minutes until warm.
To make the dressing:
Add all the ingredients to a mason jar and shake to combine.
Layer the potatoes, peas, asparagus & rocket on a plate. Toss in the dressing.
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
Help little ones to lay out the potatoes on a tray and toss them in olive oil. Have them snap the woody ends off the asparagus (kids love this one!), and help them to make the dressing in a jar by adding the ingredients, sealing the top on and shake-shake-shaking!
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.