Fennel tastes like liquorice – if your family are fans of an aniseed-y flavour, this is the veg for them! Fennel is strongest as a flavour when raw, so if you are not such a fan, try it roasted, braised, or slow-cooked – cooking mellows the flavour and brings out a natural sweetness resulting in a completely different taste. While raw fennel, thinly sliced, works beautifully in a salad or simply serve with orange slices or a dip, cooked fennel with a little lemon juice and oil makes a lovely side, a perfect partner to any chicken, pork or fish dish, or a great addition to soups, stews and casseroles.
You can get your potassium from fennel. This supports proper muscle function.
Look out for a fresh appearance for the greens to make the most out of your fennel.
To store fennel, just wrap in paper towels, place in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 10 days.
It is strongest as a flavour when raw, so if you are not such a fan, try it roasted, braised, or slow-cooked – cooking mellows the flavour and brings out a natural sweetness resulting in a completely different taste.
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Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with fennel:
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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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