Ugh. Yup its dinner time again and the struggle of getting my kids to eat their vegetables is real. I try to be a good parent no matter what I make, it seems their x-ray vision is able to spot the tiniest vegetable instantaneously and the negotiating begins. If this sounds at all familiar to your dinner experience also, don’t worry, Lilladu Exchange to the rescue! Below are some tried and true veggie recipes that are real winners with kids (whether they know it or not)!!
Uncooked - okay, yes these are not cooked (defeating a “real” recipe) however, if your kids are willing to eat raw vegetables that’s actually a big win! Uncooked veggies have more nutrients and are overall healthier than the cooked kind! Add a dipping sauce and send them on their healthy way!
Roasted - most kids (and adults) love roasted vegetables. Take your choice of veggie, add olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic too if you please, and roast on cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Works for almost any vegetable, even frozen! Note - sprinkle Parmesan Cheese after if your kids need a little extra something to help smooth the deal.
Butternut Squash Crunchies - Spiralize a medium butternut squash. Then spread on a cookie sheet and add salt and pepper. Bake on 400 degrees for 40 minutes, with breaks every ten to move around and ensure equal crunchiness. Presto! Shoestring French fries only healthier!
Homemade Guacamole – Throw together some avocado, tomatoes, lime and spices and you have a great, healthy addition to any kid’s dinner and also a good snack too! Here is simple recipe we follow at home: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/avocado-salsa-recipe-2068779
Bonus – add to a tacos night with shredded lettuce, salsa, beans and more for additional fun veggie eating the whole family will enjoy!
Tomato Sauce Hiding – Tomato sauce is delicious and yes, it is filled with vegetables. HOWEVER, because of its strong taste, its also a good masking agent for hiding additional vegetables in it! Puree some sweet potato, carrots or spinach and they will eat it up without ever knowing the difference.
Cheese Burger Paradise – An all-time favorite they will never suspect to have vegetables is none other than a cheeseburger! Delicious, protein-packed and covered in cheese, your whole family will enjoy! Check out this recipe for veggie hiding inspiration: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/toddler-hidden-veggie-beef-burgers-262462#activity-feed
Sarah Navin is one of our cofounders at Lilladu Exchange, focusing her efforts in marketing and communications. After a decade of experience in the marketing industry and completing her Masters in Business Administration, she and her husband celebrated the birth of their first child and she decided to take a new career path of a stay at home mom. Today they have three children, Zachary age 4, Alexandria age 2 and Victoria age 4 months. In addition to her efforts for Lilladu and being a full time mom, Sarah is also on two boards for nonprofits and volunteers her marketing services for several nonprofits in her community as well.