LEPRECHAUN RAW VEGETABLE RICE CAKES
EATING MORE VEGETABLES
Enjoy our Leprechaun Raw Vegetable Rice Cakes! March is our month for eating less meat and more vegetables. I don’t have a problem with this – vegetables are probably my most favourite food – I’ll even eat them for breakfast – but I don’t eat a lot of raw vegetables if I’m honest.
We’re trying hard to encourage the boys to eat more vegetables in ANY form – and getting them to eat means making it fun. This St. Patrick’s Day we tried making our own little mischievous Dublin the Leprechaun Raw Vegetable Rice Cakes. Food with a face seems to be popular and as we’re about to fall into Easter pretty soon, I’m trying my best to get them to realise how good vegetables really are.
It’s worth saying that although there are many delicious and fresh, tasty offerings in the shops, there are some pretty tasteless vegetables out there – I’m constantly appalled at the fruit and vegetables that are delivered and then offered to our kids in school for snack time. Yes, they’re free, but boy, they’re disgusting – I know zookeepers who would turn them down, but they still keep getting put out in the snack bowls in classrooms. Telling kids that this is the way fruit and vegetables look and taste puts them off horribly. Anyway, off my soap box.
What I’m saying is, make sure you shop around and taste them before you give them to your kids. Check your carrots are crunchy and not bendy, and that your lettuce isn’t damp. If it doesn’t appeal to you, it’s really not going to be looking good to them.
MY KIDS AND RAW VEGETABLES – THE TRUTH
If I serve raw vegetables, they look at me like I’m crazy. If I serve raw vegetables in a cute way, they’re more likely to try it – but if I let THEM make a meal with vegetables themselves, I have more of a chance that they might take a little nibble and find out they like something they didn’t before. So I’m trying to be calm. Trying.
Leprechaun Raw Vegetable Rice Cake Ingredients
Large Rice Cakes, any flavour
Hummus, any flavour
Green, Red and Yellow Peppers
Ham Slice [ for blushing cheeks]
Sugar Eyes – we decided these looked better than Olives
HOW TO MAKE YOUR LEPRECHAUN RICE CAKES
I set the ingredients for the Leprechaun Raw Vegetable Rice Cakes out on the table with the Child Safety Knives and told them they didn’t have to eat any of it if they didn’t want to [whilst praying they would].
- Grate Carrot thickly into a bowl and set aside
- De-seed peppers and cut into large chunks
- Thinly slice olives into hoops and place in bowl
- Set everything out with child safe knives [there’s a link to the ones we use above] and let them enjoy!
A few minutes later, they were ready for eating – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!