Celeriac is sometimes referred to as the ugliest vegetable, but don’t let that put you off. This ugly veg has a beautiful nutty flavour and is very affordable.
It’s packed full of vitamin C! Essential to support the immune system as well as vitamin K, which supports a healthy heart and bones. Celeriac is rich in fibre which contributes towards good digestion.
When shopping for celeriac look for firm skin with minimal rootlets.
To store, just pop it (unpeeled, with dirt brushed off but not washed) in the fridge or a dark cupboard out of direct sunlight for up to a month. Keeping it whole keeps it fresher for longer.
Celeriac is an amazing substitute for mashed potato (or try a half-and-half mix). It can also be eaten raw – try a celeriac slaw or try it chopped into sticks and served with a dip. For a more subtle, sweet and nutty flavour pop into stews, casseroles and one-pot dishes.
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Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with celeriac:
Find your go-to meals in our family favourites section and see what veggies work best with them.
Find out how to add more veg to your suppers 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!
The first thing to do is remove the pressure. If the veg doesn’t get eaten, it’s not the end of the world. There will be other days, other dinners, other chances. Fun is key here – try not to worry about mess, perfect table manners, or playing with food. Instead, focus on making the process of getting the food to the plates, readying the table, and the actual eating relaxed.
The best principles for success here are the Three Rs (role modelling, rewarding, re-offering) which you can read about here.
But there is one more way you can serve for success, and that is giving your child a role. You don’t have to do this every time, just encourage them in their strengths through it when you can.
Here are some of our favourite ideas:
Design a menu
Come up with a silly name or story for a dish
Help with making a meal plan and choosing veg for dinners or snacks
Help to serve up the meal on dishes, lay the table or create a centrepiece to be involved in the physical ‘serving up’ process
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