Zoe’s Savoy Cabbage Parcels
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
9 large Savoy cabbage leaves
1 leek, thinly sliced
1 butternut squash, peeled and diced
2 tsp dried thyme/fresh thyme
Ground black pepper
Veg Portions / Serving: 1
- Steam or boil the leek and butternut squash until soft.
- Mix the leek, butternut squash, thyme and black pepper together in a bowl.
- Boil the Savoy cabbage leaves for 5-8 minutes. It’s important that the veg remains fairly firm so that the cabbage leaves can hold the veg in the parcels.
- Lay the leaves on a chopping board and add 1 heaped tbsp of veg to the centre of one cabbage leaf. Fold the sides in first and then wrap into a parcel shape.
You can use whatever seasonal veg you have to put inside your Savoy cabbage parcels.
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
The kids will love this one as it’s very hands-on, just make sure nothing is too hot to handle if using their hands! Get them to mixture the filling together, and let them have fun rolling and folding up the cabbage rolls.
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.