Simple Nappa Cabbage Side Dish and Basic Pasta for Kids

I have always been concerned that my toddler isn’t eating enough vegetables. This is the one dish that he always eats, every lunch and dinner. I just wanted to share this with other mommies and daddies.

For this recipe you need suichoy (or nappa cabbage). It is ideal to get the younger ones (smaller and less green) as these are sweeter and softer.

Chop up the suichoy into bite sized pieces. I usually cut the leaves lengthwise first.

To this I add a little low sodium soya sauce and some sesame oil.

For added fats I add a generous amount of unsalted butter.

I tend to make this every couple of days and store leftovers in the fridge. I go through one medium suichoy each week.

Simmer the suichoy on high for about 10 minutes until the veggies are soft. When Cayden was younger I would simmer it a lot longer just to make the veggies softer.

Sometimes I would add some frozen kale or spinach or broccoli to add some darker greens to the mix.

I wait until the veggies are translucent and then let them cool a bit before storing away.

For added nutrition, I add a handful of hemp hearts. They add fats, protein, calcium and iron.

And that’s it.

I also pair this with a simple pasta dish consisting of pasta, peas, corn, edamame, and butter. I would also add tofu or chicken to the meal for more protein.

I hope this helps add veggies to your families meals. It is a great starter vegetable dish as it is soft, sweet and easy to make.

Suichoy Nappa Cabbage Side Dish

  • half a head of a medium suichoy (nappa cabbage) (roughly 4-5 cups)
  • 2 tbsp of unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp of low sodium soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/4-1/2 frozen kale or spinach or chopped broccoli (optional)

*all ingredients can vary depending on taste

Chop the suichoy into bite sized pieces. Add this to a sauce pan with all ingredients (butter, soya sauce, sesame oil, kale/spinach/broccoli) except hemp hearts. Simmer the vegetables until the softness you desire (about 10 minutes-15 minutes). When the vegetables are done add the hemp and mix well. Store the vegetables in a air tight container. Good for up to 5 days.

I hope that your toddler can get some veggies into their diet with this recipe. (or you can enjoy a new side dish)

 Basic Kid Friendly Pasta

  • 1 cup pasta of your choice
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup frozen edamame
  • Butter

Boil your pasta. In a microwavable bowl add your frozen veggies and some hot water.  Heat in the microwave for about 3 minutes.  Drain both the pasta and veggies and mix together with a generous amount of butter.

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