Is that something green in your teeth (and thumb)? PLUS a discount offer on a great product

Part of the ongoing challenge of feeding kids well is getting the balance right between educating them about food but not making nutrition into such a big issue that they’ll grow into teenagers who rebel and reject us and our quaint “here, have a carrot stick” ways. I think I sometimes do tip into the food-nazi zone. Like when my 6-year-old pushed his spoon through his noodle soup and questioned, “Where’s the protein?” it seemed obvious that we’d had one healthy food lecture, too many.

Luckily, there are more subtle ways of making food education part of the every day. Growing stuff is a perfect way to educate kids quietly. A nice way to practice what you preach.

Problem is though, that some of us have green thumbs and others don’t. I don’t. I’m too sporadic with watering, too forgetful. I’ve got possums and snails and caterpillars that love to party, gorging their green little asses on my outdoor sweat & tears.

All of which adds up to making me a perfect guinea pig for Matt, who offered me a bit of Vegepod salvation.

Generally I avoid PR posts and I’m proud to say that I don’t get paid to talk about anything on this blog (I make a coin by selling my products, instead). So if I do, it’s because it’s a product I like, generally from a small, local business that is working hard with minimal budget to promote big ideas.

Rather than blabber about the Vegepod itself (you can visit the website and find out all about it, instead), I’ll just show you this pic of what I’ve managed to grow in just over 5 weeks. With my little microclimate under the hood, I’ve even got late season basil underway, long after my other stuff in pots has all gone to seed.

Hand clap!

Hand clap!

Best yet, is that the kids are totally excited about the more exotic stuff that we’re now managing to grow. I’m always astonished at how much more enthusiastic they are about eating something that they’ve picked themselves. This silverbeet is a perfect example.

And if you’re interested in a Vegepod, Matt has offered VS readers a 10% discount by entering “smugglers” into the coupon field. Offer expires April 6.

Thanks Matt & hope you sell heaps of Vegepods!

You don't have to hide vegies, so long as they're delicious!

You don’t have to hide vegies, so long as they’re delicious!



Creamed spinach

1 bunch silverbeet, washed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely diced
150ml pouring cream
½ cup grated cheddar cheese
pinch of ground nutmeg
pepper

Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Drop in the silverbeet, a few leaves at a time. Use tongs to remove them after about 30 seconds. Transfer to a colander. Continue until the whole bunch is cooked. Set aside to cool slightly.
Squeeze out the excess water from the silverbeet, slice the leaves off the stems (discard stems) and roughly chop the leaves.

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Sauté the onion for 6-8 minutes or until golden and soft. Toss in the spinach leaves and cream. Stir until hot, mix through the cheddar and sprinkle over the nutmeg. Season with pepper.

SERVES 2 ADULTS & 2 KIDS as a side dish

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10 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    wow that is very impressive and certainly gives me food for thought for an easy way to grow my own!

    • 2

      wendyblume said,

      yep, I’d never have managed that in my regular garden. I planted some other stuff in regular pots at the same time and all I’ve got left after the caterpillers have been through is sticks.

  2. 3

    Kirsty Fitzgerald said,

    Hi thereI subscribed yesterday and haven’t yet got the free pdf recipes I think I was expecting as a new subscriber. How long do these take? Looking forward to them :)thanksKirsty

    Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 04:47:00 +0000 To: kirstyafitzgerald@hotmail.com

    • 4

      wendyblume said,

      Hi Kirsty, I batch process them every few days. Actually did one yesterday – check your spam or junk folder in case your message was diverted to there!

  3. 5

    Barbara Good said,

    My kids are lucky to have any space left to them n the backyard as my ever expanding veggie patch has developed. Silverbeet is one of the fastest and hassle-free veg to grow and we love it creamed to, yum!

  4. 7

    Deena Kakaya said,

    I’m impressed with that basil, I always find it tricky to grow basil x

  5. 9

    susievenkat said,

    At the start of this year – we put “Water the Garden” as one of the ‘jobs’ the kids could get paid for. Nope – no money has changed hands for this job, as yet (And we’re in April!!!). Only THIS adult has watered my precious veg. But my critters in my part of the world will take them any way they come, watered, unwatered – no matter…

  6. 10

    Ruth said,

    Forget the kids – looks like a yummy way to get adults to eat their greens too Wendy! Thanks for sharing 😊


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