Prep time: 2 mins
1 (400g) tin chickpeas in water
1 tbsp each of smooth peanut butter (or tahini) and low fat plain yogurt (or 2 tbsp of one of them)
1/2 tsp ground cumin
juice and zest of half an orange
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 tsp curry powder or turmeric (optional - for a bolder colour)
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
Take a dip in this cool carrot-crunching snack! Perfect for an after-school snack, this smashed carrot dip comes together in seconds.
Chop carrots into bite-size pieces using the claw grip.
Blitz them in a food blender until completely broken down, scraping down the sides as needed. (If you don’t have a blender, try grating the carrots instead.)
Add the rest of the ingredients and blitz until smooth, stopping to scrape sides down as needed.
Taste and add a grind or two of black pepper if you fancy it.
Plop it in a bowl and get dipping with vegetable sticks or your fingers!
Power Up: Try beetroot instead of carrot for a fun twist and bold pink colour!
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
- Squeeze the orange
- Use teaspoons and tablespoons to measure
- Use the claw grip to chop the carrots (when they are ready)
- Add everything to the blender
- Help you scrape down the sides
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.