Tim’s Leek & Bacon Stir-Fry with Cashews
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
450g leeks, trimmed and cut into matchstick strips
4 rashers lean smoked back bacon, cut into fine strips
1 tbsp light and mild olive oil
1 tsp sesame oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1” piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
250g pak choi leaves, roughly torn
75g baby plum tomatoes, halved
225g cooked noodles
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
50g cashew nuts
Veg Portions / Serving: 1
Tim Casey, chairman of the British Leeks Growers Association, shares a simple & delicious stir-fry recipe using classic British ingredients. Perfect for a quick family-friendly dinner. #StirFryFrenzy
- Stir fry the leeks and bacon with the garlic and ginger in the olive oil and sesame oil over a high heat for 3-4 minutes until just beginning to brown. Stir in the pak choi leaves and baby plum tomatoes cook for a further 2 minutes or until the leaves begin to wilt.
- Add the cooked noodles, soy and chilli sauce and nuts and cook for 2 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
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
Older kids can help you add ingredients to the pan, but under close supervision as the pan and oil will be hot. Let the kids help you add the final ingredients like the sauce and nuts, stirring it through off the heat and helping you to serve it up.
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.
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