21 Sep · Tim Carter · No Comments

5 Vegetable Dishes Your Kids Will Love

Getting preschool children to love vegetables is not the easiest task. The allure of sweet, meaty or cheesy foods will always win over their appetites. It takes a lot of improvisation and creativity to create a vegetable dish that kids will love. These 5 vegetable dishes are super easy to make and will leave your kids licking their fingers with relish.

1. Veggie Pizza

Everyone loves pizza. If you are struggling to get your kids to finish off their vegetables, the problem may be in the presentation.

Ditch the meat and use some vegetable toppings on your pizza instead. Grilled vegetables make an equally tasty topping and are much healthier than meats and cheeses. You may want to use a little cheese to really sell the veggie pizza idea to your kids—they are brighter than you think. Here is the recipe:

· Thinly sliced red onions.

· 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

· A few asparagus, trimmed and cut in half.

· A tablespoon of honey.

· A tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.

· A cup of mozzarella, shredded.

· 4 pieces of naan.

· Salt to taste.

Grill the vegetables over medium heat on a barbecue. Ensure that they are grilled to the point of tenderness. Ideally, you will want to get some grill marks going in order to make the dish more enticing. You can then use them as the final topping after layering the naan with tomatoes and melted mozzarella cheese.

2. Green Bean Fries with Sweet Potato Dip

Tickle your child’s sweet tooth with this delicious oven fried green bean dish that goes down easy with a sweet potato dip. The key to getting your child drooling over vegetables is presentation. For this dish you will need:

· Some all-purpose flour.

· A couple of eggs.

· Bread crumbs (about two-thirds of a cup).

· Some grated parmesan.

· Green beans.

· Salt to taste.

For the dip, you will need:

· Sweet potato tubers (depends on how many people you’re serving).

· Some Greek yogurt.

· Water.

· Ground ginger.

Prepare the green beans by first coating them with flour then dipping them into a mixture of eggs and panko seasoned with salt, parmesan and pepper (optional). Bake them at 425F until they are crispy and golden brown. For the dip, microwave the sweet potato then cut it up lengthwise. Puree with the rest of the ingredients until smooth.

3. Corn and Squash with Succotash

This is a dish your child is guaranteed to absolutely love. The corn and squash dish is easy to make and can be served up as a quick lunch for your kids even at day care. The best part is that you can make it as colorful as possible to entice your children although it serves up well as it is, you can sweeten the pot (figuratively, of course) with a few grilled sausages to make the dish mouthwatering. It is a well-balanced veggie dish that contains the proteins your children need to grow and develop.

4. Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Guacamole

You do not have to think too far out of the box to get your kids to love vegetables. Substitute greasy fries with healthy and tastier baked sweet potato fries and some guacamole dip to go with it. It is easy to make and very delicious. It also goes well with some honey mustard or even plain old ketchup. This could be a wonderful side dish to go with the grilled vegetable pizza.

5. Broccoli Marinara

Every once in a while, break out those culinary skills and whip up a storm of deliciousness for the kids. This tasty vegetable dish is one they will be begging you to make over and over again if you do it right the first time. Skip the long Italian recipe and go for the quick and easy one where you will only need a few fresh plum tomatoes and basil. Keep the broccoli relatively fresh and green and toss it with the delicious sauce before serving it up.

A bit of creativity in the kitchen is all you need to get your kids’ mouths watering when you serve up some vegetables. Stay away from heavy spices and instead substitute them with things they love such as ketchup and mustard.

 

Tim Carter

I’m Tim Carter, a thirty something year old, husband, father, childcare owner, and chocolate brownie lover. I believe children deserve better and only hope this blog will create a little change.