At the Torba Store, we’ve started giving away mini trays of vegetables for kids. We want to encourage kids to have a good relationship with food from a young age and also to embrace healthy eating as the norm and not an exception. Establishing healthy eating habits at an early age has been proven to have positive lasting effect on a person’s diet through to adulthood. To help out, here are a few easy, and healthy, recipes you can do with your kids. And tasty too.
These are a delicious and easy alternative to potato chips. Fantastic for busy kids.
Take your fresh kale and remove the stems, either by stripping the leaves off them by hand, or using scissors or a knife.
Coat in olive oil and a generous pinch of salt.
Bake at 175 degrees celsius until the edges of the kale become brown and crispy. (around 5 mins)
These muffins are a great way to get some vegetables into your child. Even better when they help to prepare them, eat the end result and realise how tasty veggies are.
Flour (about half a cup)
Grate your zucchini and spread onto a paper towel. Cover with another paper towel to help remove moisture.
Place the zucchini into a medium bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
Stir together until the flour and egg have combined to create a muffin mix.
Add to muffin tray or muffin cups.
Bake at 180 degrees celsius until set (about 15mins) and lightly golden brown. Serve warm!
Cherry Tomato & Mozzarella Skewers
Quick and easy, these skewers are simple and tasty as well. Plus you can grow tomato and basil at home.
Fresh cherry tomatoes
Pierce tomatoes, mozzarella balls and basil alternately through a skewer. (Wedges of tomato work as well if you have no cherry tomatoes.) Serve.
Note: you can also season with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or a fresh pesto.
All the ingredients in these recipes are readily available. Keep an eye out for the free kid’s veggie trays at the store where we put in some of the ingredients for these recipes. They are quick and easy to prepare and taste delicious. Happy cooking!
One of the easiest ways to get your garden flourishing is to start incorporating seaweed.
This natural resource is right at your fingertips. You just need a trip to the beach! Before we dive in (get it?), let’s talk about this magical weed for a bit..
Seaweed has a very high micronutrient content and is widely used as a fertiliser and as a plant growth stimulant. Seaweed is also one of the fastest growing organisms on the planet. In Scotland people would make lazy trenches for their potatoes and just lay seaweed down and grow potatoes on top with a bit of soil covering them. They get bountiful potatoes plus a nutrient rich soil at the end.
Studies show that seaweed contains substances that help improve soil structure. Jelly-like particles in brown seaweed bind soil particles together. They contain natural growth-promoting phytohormones which are important plant nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, as well as more than 60 minor nutrients and trace elements.
As seaweed breaks down into the soil, it encourages microorganisms in the soil, it increases chlorophyll production and contains important nutrients for soil and plant health. Are you converted yet?
Collecting your seaweed
It is very important to collect seaweed that has been washed up, it’s not sustainable for everyone to go around pulling off living seaweed.
Make sure you’re collecting from unpolluted beaches where you know the seaweed hasn’t absorbed any chemicals or nasty toxic particles.
Gently give your seaweed a shake to release any excess sand and any sea creatures that may be in there.
Don’t wash it when you get home. There’s no evidence that the salt or sand on it is harmful to your plants or soil, plus the salt will repel those pesky pests.
1. Use seaweed when planting your new seedlings
Add clumps of seaweed to the base of plant holes before transplanting your seedlings.
When using seaweed under new seedlings, you willget increased root and plant growth;healthier foliage, ﬂowers, and fruits, plus agreater resistance to pests and diseases.
2. Mulch and soil conditioner
Use your freshly harvested seaweed layered on top of soil to help improve its condition and moisture retention. If you are not keen on the fresh smell of seaweed you can dry it in the sun then place on the garden, or grind into a powder and sprinkle around your plants for a great soil conditioner. Get hold of an old blender or food processor to do the job.
3. As a pest control
As the seaweed dries, it becomes hard, crinkly, and is irritating to slugs and snail’s soft undersides. Most birds don’t like seaweed either. When it’s wet, they get tangled easily; when it’s dry, it’s a scratchy deterrent. So, they steer clear.
4. Us a fertiliser (Seaweed tea)
Soak seaweed in a bucket or barrel of water with a partially closed lid. Infuse the seaweed for several weeks then strain. Seaweed fertiliser tea can be watered in at the root zone or used as a foliar spray. Any leftover seaweed can be chopped up and added to your compost.
5. In your compost pile
You can add fresh or dried seaweed to your compost, with equal parts dried leaves, or grass clippings. It will promote micro-organisms in your compost, encouraging the breakdown of plant matter, and the creation of the gardener’s version of black gold – delicious, fertile soil.
Seaweed is a natural and freely available fertiliser. It is sustainable, chemical free, and provides amazing nutrients and minerals for your home garden. Its multiple uses make it a fantastic versatile additional to your back yard.re...