When it comes to feeding my two children vegetables I feel pretty lucky. They’re never clamouring to eat cabbage and would rather be faced with a bowl of sweets rather than swede but on the whole they’re really rather good. They will try things and have on occasion been persuaded to re-visit a vegetable they thought they didn’t like. Elfie may have spent most of yesterday complaining that she’s allergic to bananas (she’s not – but she’s definitely not a Minion either) but to be fair as a child I used to say this about porridge.
I try to get them involved in learning all about where our fruit and veg comes from – letting them get dirty in a veg patch like this amazing one at The Pig On The Beach helps with that somewhat.
They will try sprouts once a year and have been known to eat kale (until they realise it’s kale) so I was excited to introduce to them the new vegetable on the block: the flower sprout. Taking the best of both worlds, the flower sprout contains double the the B6 and Vitamin C of Brussel Sprouts so not only do they have a fun name but they’re also very good for you.
I was sent a packet of these lovely flower sprouts and challenged to include them in a family friendly-meal. I had a roast dinner planned for the following week so it was on!
I’ve roasted both kale and sprouts before so I decided this was the way to go. I love the crunch you get with roasted veggies, sometimes I find that steaming or boiling leaves them a little mushy and boring. Here’s how I did it:
- Half a packet of Flower Sprouts
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- Splash of olive oil
- Pre-heat your oven to 220 degrees C.
- Spread your flower sprouts out over your baking tray in a one-sprout layer. Coat with olive oil and mix well.
- Sprinkle the salt and sugar over.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until nice and crispy
We loved them! They’re the best bits of both worlds: you get the crunch of the kale with the goodness of the sprouts but no nasty aftertaste. I even had them with mushrooms and a poached egg for lunch today (see on my Instagram, yummy).
What do you reckon? Would you give flower sprouts a go?
Disclosure: I was sent these lovely flower sprouts to play with.