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Have you found a way to cook vegetables that your kids actually like

or at least don't gag on? I've tried everything with my 3 and 4 year old girls! There's got to be some way to make veggies more palatable to a preschooler's taste buds.

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Asked by lovemydivas at 8:49 PM on Jul. 21, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • my son wont eat cooked veggies, but he willl eat them all day long raw with ranch
    also he really likes v8 splash juice - has no clue its veggies

    Answer by mommymeg03 at 8:50 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • I think either they like them or they don't. My boys love some but hate others. Have you tried sugar snap peas? I buy the ones that steam in the bag. My boys devour them. That is by far the favorite. They also like green beans and corn a lot. Peas and carrots they couldn't care less for.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:53 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • Well, I have heard of this...let them dip those veggies. My son loves carrots as long as he has the ranch dip with it. And, he loves ketchup with everything. EWWWW, my mom said I was this way. That son of mine will dip anything in Ketchup. I do this little trick. I bake corn muffins with veggies. I will use my blender to liquidfied the veggies then mix them with the corn muffin mix. My son loves this. I'll tell him my secret when he has moved out of the house.  =)


    Answer by Safirejewl at 8:55 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • My kids like almost all raw veggies (with ranch). As for cooked veggies, I get the least complaints with green beans with Italian dressing. (drain the liquid from canned green beans and squirt some Italian dressing on them, serve cold or hot.) And carrots with butter and brown sugar. I also add a tbsp of sugar to corn. I figure the sugar isn't a bad trade-off for no complaints at the dinner table!!

    Answer by drowninginboys at 8:57 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • Smother them w/ cheese. Don't kids love just about...anything...with cheese on it?! Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, corn, etc.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:59 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • I hide our veggies. I puree them and put them in sauces. All kinds of stuff goes into spaghetti sauce (carrots, mushrooms, spinach) as long as it's pureed they don't know it's there. Carrots can go in almost anything because they don't have a strong taste. I haven't figured out brocolli yet. It has a strong taste, and the little ball things make it not smooth when pureed so they always catch that one.

    Answer by sparrowprincess at 9:26 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • My kids HATE soggy veggies! They prefer them raw with dip or steamed except for green beans or glazed carrots (don't ask me why...) They'll even eat the stronger flavored veggies that way. They also love salads with dressing.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 10:24 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • The secret is dips: raw veggies with hummus or salad dressing; steamed veggies with marinara, peanut sauce or cheese sauce.

    I serve this it over broccoli (and I make double the sauce).
    Pasta and Tofu with Finger-Licking Peanut Sauce
    1/2 cup low or no sodium vegetable broth
    1/4 cup chunky peanut butter (I use smooth)
    1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
    3 tablespoons brown sugar
    2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
    2 teaspoons chile paste with garlic (add to taste, it is pretty spicey)
    4 garlic cloves, minced
    8 ounces uncooked whole wheat angel hair
    1 pound firm tofu, drained and cubed (optional)
    1 cup (2-inch) sliced green onions
    1 cup shredded carrot


    Answer by rkoloms at 10:33 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • Combine first 8 ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until smooth, stirring frequently (this can also be done in the microwave; use a tempered glass bowl, like pyrex, cook for 20 seconds, stir, repeat until smooth). Remove from heat. Cook pasta in boiling water 8 minutes, omitting salt and fat. Add tofu, onions, and carrot; drain. Place pasta mixture in a large bowl. Add peanut butter mixture; toss gently.

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:33 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • just keep trying. It takes 16 time for a food to be put in front of a child to get used to I have been told. my kids are pretty good eaters. Remember they will eat what you eat too! If you are not eating yor veggies neither will they.

    Answer by chefjen at 11:20 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

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