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Simple Coleslaw

Claire Wright

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Serves: 8

Prep time: 5-10 mins

Ingredients:

1/2 white or red cabbage

2 carrots

1 apple, optional

3-4 tbsp mayonnaise (or use half-and-half mayo and plain yogurt)

juice of 1/2 a lemon or lime

salt & pepper, to taste

handful roughly chopped fresh coriander or parsley, optional

a few tbsp sesame or pumpkin seeds, optional

Veg Portions / Serving: 1

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Recipe created for Veg Power by Claire Wright. Food photography by Claire Wright | addsomeveg.com

Claire Wright from addsomeveg.com shares 3 simple ways to prepare squash that the whole family will enjoy.

This simple coleslaw has just a few ingredients and is an easy way to get more veg into your kids. Healthier and cheaper than shop-bought coleslaw, it takes just a few minutes to make. A great way to perk up older veg!

Method:

Grate the cabbage and carrot (and apple, if using) coarsely. If you have a food processor, use the basic grater attachment to do this in seconds, but a box grater will do the job just as well with a little more elbow grease and a few extra minutes.

Stir through the mayonnaise and lemon or lime juice. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Serve with seeds and fresh herbs, if using.

Engaging Kids

Engaging Kids

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

Kids in the kitchen

If using a food processor, get the kids to push the buttons. If grating by hand, show the kids how to grate carefully, letting them do the first bit before their hands get too close to the teeth. Have the kids add the other ingredients and mix everything together. Get them to taste and add seasoning, and if using the herbs and seeds, have them sprinkle it over before serving.

Activities

Activities

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.

Sensory

Sensory

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.

Serving

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! 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.

Claire Wright

Editor: After leaving Exeter University with a degree in English Literature, Claire worked in various fields ranging from youth work and charities to publishing, before starting up a food-focused website when her first child was born. After being asked to project manage the publication of Veg Power's Crowdfunder book, Claire came on board as a fully-fledged team member in 2018 to take on the role of Communications Manager, then Editor, looking after Veg Power's website, content, recipes and social media platforms.

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