Ways to Encourage Kids to Eat Their Veggies 04.05.2016

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It can sometimes seem like, however much you beg and plead, your kids are never going to eat their vegetables. Maybe this is because you are approaching healthy eating all wrong. Instead of making vegetables a punishment, help them become appealing to your kids. With these great recipes, your kids will eat everything without complaint and you’ll need to start putting vegetables on your shopping list again.

Honey-Glazed Carrots

Boil half a pound of either baby carrots or sliced carrots until tender. In a pan, melt a tablespoon of butter and then add a tablespoon of honey, half a teaspoon of ground ginger, and the carrots. Heat for one minute. Top the dish with fresh parsley before serving.

Broccoli Flowers

After steaming some broccoli florets for five minutes, toss them with orange juice, minced garlic, and vegetable oil. Peel and slice a clementine, arranging the fruit in the shape of a flower, and lay the broccoli on top.

Broiled Asparagus

Broil one pound of asparagus with a tablespoon of olive oil for five minutes. Place the asparagus on plates and sprinkle over the zest of half a lemon and one grated hard-boiled egg.

Stuffed Mushrooms

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Bake around 12 mushroom caps, smooth side up, for five minutes at 425 degrees. Sauté the mushroom stems with minced garlic until tender. Mix in one cup of seasoned breadcrumbs, one tomato, and a quarter of a cup of feta cheese. Spoon the mixture into the mushroom caps and bake from around 10 minutes.

Vegetable Pasta

Cook your kids’ favorite pasta along with some broccoli florets. Stir-fry chopped carrots, onion, and pepper in a pan of olive oil for around eight minutes. Drain the pasta and broccoli, adding the vegetables and a marinara sauce. Serve with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

Zucchini Chips

Combine a quarter of a cup of dry breadcrumbs, a quarter of a cup of grated Parmesan cheese, a quarter teaspoon of salt, a quarter teaspoon of garlic powder, and an eighth teaspoon of black pepper. In a separate bowl, pour two tablespoons of milk. Slice two small zucchinis and dip them first into the milk and then into the breadcrumb mix. Place the zucchinis on a rack in your oven and bake for 30 minutes at 425 degrees.

By adding a variety of vegetables to your shopping list, you’ll expose your kids to different flavors and help them experience just how delicious each can be. Experiment with the above ideas, changing the ingredients, to encourage your kids to love even more vegetables.


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