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Green Beans

Green beans are a sweeter-tasting green, so good for those who are less likely to try leafy greens or broccoli. Barely boil to keep them crunchy and serve with dips, or for those who prefer softer textures, it’s hard to beat frozen or fresh green beans cooked until just softening and tossed with some butter and minced garlic for a delicious and easy side to dinner. These are an ideal affordable veg that make a simple side, great for trying with kids!
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Green beans should not be confused with magic beans. Magic beans are usually multi-coloured, may sparkle and generally lead to beanstalks and giants if planted – but that’s another story.

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Nutrition

They’re rich in vitamins A, C, and K which are essential for supporting your immune system and wound healing.

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Shopping Guide

Ideally when shopping for green beans go for firm pods with a vibrant green colour, free from cuts and bruises.

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Storage

Green beans can be stored in the fridge for up to a week when kept dry and stored in a sealed bag or container.

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Serving Suggestion

They’re quick to prepare, simply wash, dry and cut off the ends. You can steam, boil, sauté or stir fry until soft. Try melting a knob of butter and a couple of crushed garlic cloves into a frying pan, toast the garlic until golden, then toss in the beans, with a little salt & pepper and you’ve got a great side for dinner. Barely cooked green beans are great with dips, but make sure you always cook them for at least a couple of mins as raw green beans contain small amounts of toxins so should be avoided.

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Seasonality

Buying veg in season is not only great for the planet, it can be good for your wallet, too! Seasonal veg are often cheaper and frequently taste better, so can be a better time to try with a child as the often sweeter, riper taste is more enjoyable.

Coming In:

June

At Its Best:

July - October

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Engage

Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with green beans:

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Your Food

Find your go-to meals in our family favourites section and see what veggies work best with them.

We’ve gathered together 15 of the nation’s favourite meals and given you step-by-step ways to make small improvements, helping you to make healthier dinners the easy way, and even showing you which veg work best with which recipes.
 
Find out how to add more veg to your suppers here.
 

Recipes

Mac ‘N’ Cheese

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Everyday Curry

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Sausage and Mash

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Jacket Potato with Toppings

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Pasta Bake

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Roast

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Stew

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Stir Fry

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If You Like Green Beans…Try

Does your child enjoy green beans? That’s great! Green beans are usually savoury and slightly crunchy, so why not try a similar texture and/or taste…

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Serving

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

The Wonderful World of Veg

Check out our vegepedia. When to buy in-season. How to store them to keep for longer. How to engage children with each veg, and simple ideas of how to prepare and cook them for maximum taste and minimum waste. Select a veg…

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