Roasted, stir-fried, steamed, sautéed or raw: there are many ways to eat a vegetable, and using different cooking methods can transform the taste and turn a loathed food into a loved one. ‘As a rule, roasting makes veg sweeter and intensifies the flavour, while steaming makes the taste more gentle. Baking makes it softer, while stir-frying keeps the crunch,’ says Sam. So it’s time to experiment and see if your youngster enjoys his veg more when it’s cooked in a different way. And once you’ve worked out whether he prefers a strong or gentle taste, a crunchy or soft texture, you’ll be able to offer him new, untried veg in a form that he’s most likely to love.
Make a note of what he likes and dislikes, and you’ll probably see a pattern of preferred tastes and textures emerge.