If you have a child who simply cannot be talked into eating their veggies, it is time to get creative. The main trick is to make the vegetables more attractive, so the kids want to eat them. Here are five surefire recipes for fun and healthy meals!
1. Veggie Pizza
It’s no secret that kids love pizza. And with a little bit of imagination, you can prepare a super healthy and delicious pizza for them!
Mix a teaspoon of dry yeast with a teaspoon of sugar and some warm water and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Add flour and olive oil and knead until the dough is firm and stretchy. Spread it on a baking tray and cover it with vegetables.
If you know that there is a green that your child simply hates, don’t put it on there, but you can go for the safe options: tomatoes, mushrooms, corn, pepper, carrots… whatever you have. You can even sneak in some zucchini or eggplant.
When all this is done, cover up the veggies with cheese and bake. You can tell when a pizza is ready by the crust, it must be slightly crispy and light brown.
2. Add Bacon
The secret ingredient in this recipe is bacon. Click here for a fried cabbage with bacon recipe that will convince even the pickiest of eaters to try. And once they do, they will probably fall in love with the taste.
It is simple enough for young, unrefined palates not to be overwhelming, and still, it has enough flavor for grownups to enjoy it as well. If you want to add a bit of color, consider using red cabbage instead of the white one. However, the white cabbage does make the bacon stand out better.
This recipe will save you from making a special dish for your children and will introduce them to the world of adult food. Just tell them it’s bacon-based, and they will love it, and eat the veggies as well.
3. Burgers and Fries
Yes, yes, you heard that right! Burgers are often condemned as unhealthy, but there are ways around this. Use veggies like peas, squash, mushrooms, and eggplant to make the blended patty. Furthermore, bake the potatoes in the shape of fries. Dress the burgers with whatever the kids like, like cheese, tomatoes, various kinds of salads and leaves, and even onions if you know the little ones like them.
Kids will be happy to have burgers with fries, and you will be happy knowing that they eat healthy.
4. Sauces and Dips
Prepare a sauce or two and let your children dip veggie sticks. It can be anything from a simple bechamel sauce to barbeque sauce, ranch, or even cheese dip. If they can have fun and play with the white and green trees before eating them, they will eat them both without complaint. Make it into a game and send some green rocks down the chute, as well.
In case you didn’t notice, as hopefully, your kids won’t, this recipe includes cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts; three of the most hated vegetables for kids!
5. Deep fried Veggies
If all else fails, you can try to deep fry the veggies. They will not be as healthy as the other recipes on this list, but kids need to eat some greens. Just don’t rely on this trick every time.
Cut the dreaded veggies, like broccoli, asparagus, or cauliflower, and dip them in flour, beat an egg, and add either breadcrumbs or starch. I recommend breadcrumbs, large-sized if possible, to make it crunchier. Then throw them in oil and fry. Add a sauce or a salad on the side, and you’re done!
Which Was Your Favourite Recipe?
Which one of these vegetable recipes for kids do your little ones prefer? How about you? Let us know if we gave you any ideas and share your experience with these ideas in the comments section below!