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This is an attempt to address the question that all parents and grandparents, maybe you included, face so often: how can we get children to like vegetables? And at the same time, we might get away from the familiar, day-in, day-out round of pasta, chips, toast.. Well, I can hear you say, it’s not that easy, maybe “Mission Impossible”. Even so, there are some things you can try which might help.
First of all, an observation: our little darlings are very sensitive to appearances. So, if the food does not look “nice” to start with, you’ve already lost the battle! In other words, if green vegetables don’t look attractively green when you put them in front of children, you’ll hear, even before they try the food, “It looks yukky, I don’t like it!” And who can blame them when “canteen” vegetables are so often a sorry sight: big chunks of khaki-coloured broccoli, cooked to death and still swimming in a pool of murky water – hardly likely to win over adults, let alone children!
Let’s stick with broccoli for a moment, as it’s a good illustration of the problem we’re up against: for even half a chance that children will like it, it needs to be beautifully fresh and green, only just cooked (still with a little “bite”), cut up small, and – above all – good quality.
What to do:
1) Cut up to an appropriate size: the notion of “big” or “small” is different for adults and children. For our purposes, broccoli needs to be cut into small, separate florets – only these tips – about the size of the top joint of your thumb and no larger. Rinse thoroughly.