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Les Petits Chefs make Jamie Oliver’s veggie chili

This week, the Petits Chefs made Jamie Oliver‘s #5DayVeggie Challenge Veggie Chili with Sweet Potatoes, Peppers and Beans. Sounds delish, right? And what kid wouldn’t like a bowl of that topped with sour cream, guacamole or avocado and tortilla chips?

Actually, if I’m being honest, this was a little bit of a hard sell for some of the boys. While they enjoyed prepping all of the ingredients, when it came to actually taking some home, there was definitely some reluctance. A few of them thought it might be too spicy, others told me they didn’t really like chili (!). Huh.

They did a GREAT job prepping the ingredients, chopping onions…

Kids chopping onions for Jamie Oliver veggie chili on eatlivetravelwrite.comMincing garlic…Kids mincing garlic for Jamie Oliver veggie chili on eatlivetravelwrite.comChopping hot peppers!

Kids chopping hot peppers for Jamie Oliver veggie chili on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd sweet peppers…

Kids chopping green peppers for Jamie Oliver veggie chili on eatlivetravelwrite.comThey flexed their muscles and chopped sweet potatoes into small pieces to roast…

Kids chopping sweet potatoes for Jamie Oliver veggie chili on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd prepped them for the oven…

Kids measuring spices for Jamie Oliver veggie chili on eatlivetravelwrite.comKids mixing spices in sweet potatoes for Jamie Oliver veggie chili on eatlivetravelwrite.comGetting sweet potatoes ready to roast for Jamie Oliver veggie chili on eatlivetravelwrite.comThey came out smelling “just like sweet potato fries” (imagine that!)

Roasted sweet potatoes for Jamie Oliver veggie chili on eatlivetravelwrite.comMeanwhile, we prepped a LOT of cilantro…

Kids prepping cilantro for Jamie Oliver veggie chili on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd got cooking!Getting ready to cook garlic onions and peppers for Jamie Oliver veggie chili on eatlivetravelwrite.com Cooking peppers onions and garlic for Jamie Oliver veggie chili on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe chili is full of all sorts of good ingredients – including a mix of beans – as well as the sweet potato and takes under an hour to prepare (much of which is hands off). While you’re waiting for it to cook you can prep your toppings – we had sour cream, tortilla chips, cilantro and avocado cubes.

Getting ready to assmeble Jamie Oliver veggie chili on eatlivetravelwrite.comIsn’t this a wonderful, colourful meal?

Jamie Oliver veggie chili on eatlivetravelwrite.comSo, as I said, there was some reluctance around this dish, to my surprise. In club, though, we never force anyone to eat any of the food (mostly they just take it home, we’re happy to let them taste as they go and at the end but the eating part we try to encourage happening at home – as opposed to on the way out the door, in the car on the way home or even in the subway!), but we do make them take it home.  I’m sure there were a few happy mums, dads and siblings the other night!

The truth is, cooking with kids isn’t always going to be Instagram pretty (this session made a HUGE mess in the lab!) or the idyllic experience that is sometimes depicted on social media (sure, cooking with kids is a lot of fun but it’s also messy and time consuming and sometimes hard. Worth it in the end but it’s work, for sure!) and the dishes you make won’t always be a win…

BUT:

I’m certain that the more you expose kids to different foods (even if just in the preparation, not necessarily eating), the more likely they are going to be to try. In the meantime, there have been some fab leftovers for my own lunches and dinners this week. So… a win all round, right?

(In other news, check out Jamie’s #5DayVeggie Challenge here for a week’s worth of vegetarian meals, shopping lists and more! Some truly delish dishes and while I haven’t got to making them all this week, I’m excited to try them all eventually!)

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3 Responses to Les Petits Chefs make Jamie Oliver’s veggie chili

  1. Mr. Neil May 17, 2018 at 08:00 #

    Well I’d be happy if my little Jamie came ho with a dish of this – and I’m a carnivore! 😉

  2. Monica May 18, 2018 at 02:36 #

    Yummy!

  3. Geoff May 18, 2018 at 03:44 #

    It all looked good to me and I’m not especially hanging out for veggies…

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