What’s Cooking at Young Academics: Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

At Young Academics, we encourage children to take initiative through simple actions like self-serving, promoting growth and development.
  Welcome to our Young Academics blog featuring delicious and nutritious meals for your little one! On this week’s menu we have a quick and easy stir fry dish starring our good friends, beef and broccoli. Getting your little ones to eat their veggies is a challenge that most parents, guardians and carers often face, so cooking them in different ways can be more enticing for children to eat.  Keeping broccoli crunchy and cooked with different flavours, like in a stir fry, is a real hit among little ones.
Here are some other helpful tips that our educators at Young Academics use to get children to eat their fruits and veggies.
  1. Colour is key – incorporating different coloured fruit and vegetables into your little one’s meals is vital to helping them learn.
  2. Try new ways of presenting food – serve the food in different shapes and containers to change it up.
  3. Use different utensils – introduce them to all the utensils used for different foods, spoons, forks, chopsticks so they can explore what is appropriate for each meal. 
  4. Avoid repeating foods too often – Use a bi-monthly method or schedule for serving foods and change foods up according to the season.
Health benefits of eating fruits and veggies:
  • Increases immunityBoth fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals which help the body to fight any cold or flu symptoms. In fact, broccoli and red bell peppers (red capsicum) have more vitamin C than citrus fruits. 
  • Increases eye health – Certain foods that are rich in vitamin A, C and E, as well as zinc and essential fatty acids are all known to increase eye health and protect against any eye diseases.  
Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry Ingredients: (Serves 6)
  • Brown rice – 1 cup
  • Cabbage – ¼ small 
  • Carrot – 1 medium
  • Red capsicum – 1 
  • Broccoli florets – 2 cups
  • Canola oil – ½ tablespoon
  • Lean beef strips – 350g
  • Garlic crushed – 1 clove 
  • Hoisin or plum sauce – 1 tablespoon
et voila! There you have it, Beef & Broccoli stir fry... the YA Way 😋