Yippeee!! We have a winner to announce, of our competition with Green Giant to scoop an Abel & Cole hamper packed with fresh, seasonal veggies!
Back in October, we asked nonstopmamas to share some of their favourite (and sneaky!) tips for getting their children to enjoy their ’5-a-day’.
We had lots of fantastic comments and ideas (and all of them winners!!). But here is the winning entry, from Jacey, who submitted this fantastically quick and easy idea:
“My little one is a very fussy eater but he likes pasta, so I try to add lots of veg to the pasta sauce. So, for example finely chop onion, mushrooms and courgette and lightly fry in oil until soft. Stir in a tin of chopped tomatoes, add some Green Giant (!) sweetcorn and a few handfuls of baby spinach leaves and slow cook for about 20 minutes. You can blend to a smooth sauce if you want (I don’t) and stir into cooked pasta. Then grill cheese over the top. There are about 5/6 portions of veg in that alone! I sometimes add mackerel/sausage too – yum!”
We loved this idea, and BIG congrats to Jacey, whose hamper will be winging its way to her family in the new year!!
Other tips we loved included this, from Erica: “Putting veg on top of homemade pizza works, as well as chopping veg really small to add to Spag Bol or Shepherds Pie”, and this – also on Shepherd’s Pie – from Heather: “When I make Shepherd’s Pie, I include in my recipe lots of “hidden” veg, apart from carrots as usual in with the mince, I also add leeks and parsnips to the mash which adds to the flavour and incorporates several of your five-a-day too!”
And thanks to Juliet, who explained how to make a healthy, warming soup in a matter of minutes: “You can de-mystify making any soup by simply throwing onions, stock and any array of veg in a pan for 20 mins and hey presto, add a hand held blender (and top with cheese if you fancy) and you have the most delicious, warming delight that kids just love!”.
We also loved this different approach, from Jo, which is all about the serving: “With my twins, I think I cracked it the day I put all the food in serving dishes and they were eating the veg they had been pushing away. With control over their own plate and choices they were helping themselves and it broke the issue for me”.
Thanks SO much to everyone who entered, and you can check out more tips at the Green Giant Facebook page!
Finally, Green Giant asked us to post this Christmas greeting from the Jolly Green chap himself! …
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