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Three Sneaky Tricks To Get Your Kids To Eat Vegetables

Posted by on Jul. 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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If you have a kid that likes vegetables, then this post is not for you, although you might like the recipes. If you have a kid like mine who HATES vegetables and just wants to eat the standard trashy kid fare, then here are three tricksy recipes to get at least some nutrients into them.

Kale Chips

I made these the other day. I filled up a bowl with kale chips and sat on the couch crunching them and didn't offer any to my toddler. "I want some chips!" She hollered at me. Faux-reluctantly I handed one over for her to try. She ended up eating the entire bowl, despite their vibrant green shade. To make them, cut the ribs out of a bunch of kale leaves and lightly coat with olive oil and salt. Bake on parchment paper at 250 degrees for about 20-23 minutes, until totally crispy.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Chop a head of cauliflower into chunks and process in the food processor until the chunks are smaller than a grain of rice. Put the pureed bits into a microwave safe bowl for 4 minutes to cook. Allow to cool, and then dump the cauliflower into a clean hand towel and squeeze the whole thing until water stops pouring out (there will be quite a bit of water). Mix 1 tsp each of oregano, basil and salt into a bowl with the cauliflower. Mix in 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan and 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella and 1 egg. Spread the "dough" on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet into a pizza circle, about 1/4 inch thick. Bake just the dough at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and add your pizza toppings, bake again until the cheese is bubbly.

Carrot Fritters

I must warn you- these are disgustingly good fried blobs of dough. However, since they technically have carrots in them they fit into this sneaky veggies category.  I made these the other night. My kid had 3, I think I ate 17 of them.  Mix 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup milk, 2 tbsp minced scallions, 1 tsp parsley flakes, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp each salt, pepper and thyme, 1 cup of grated carrots. The dough should be on the wetter side, not like a bread dough. Drop the dough by tablespoons  into hot oil and fry, flipping over until both sides are golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Do you have any "Sneaky" recipes?


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mrswillie
by Silver Member on Jul. 1, 2014 at 6:52 AM
I never had a problem with my kids eating veggies.
michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Jul. 1, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Same here

Quoting mrswillie: I never had a problem with my kids eating veggies.


mrswillie
by Silver Member on Jul. 1, 2014 at 7:16 AM
When my two okdest sons were young, one like the top of raw broccoli and the other liked the stem. The would share it. The okdest would dip the top in veggie dip and bite the top off then pass it to his brother who would dip and eat the stem.

Quoting michiganmom116:

Same here

Quoting mrswillie: I never had a problem with my kids eating veggies.

batjmom
by Sarah on Jul. 1, 2014 at 7:25 AM
Not anymore I use to when they were little. I've seen the cauliflower pizza crust on Pinterst. I may try that
SweetLuci
by Silver Member on Jul. 1, 2014 at 8:23 AM
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 I have a great recipe for carrot-zucchini muffins that kids love. I also like to put fresh spinach in smoothies, you can;t taste it.

NicLof2
by New Member on Jul. 1, 2014 at 11:50 AM
My youngest is silly he loves fresh vega tables and fruits but doesn't like pizza except for the toppings. Lol this would of been good for my oldest but he's older now so he would know. He's gotten better about veggies though because if his little brother.
cjsjellybean
by on Jul. 1, 2014 at 12:12 PM

 They all sound delicious but I am most eager to try the cauliflower pizza crust!  My kids are not good with eating cooked veggies but love eating them raw with a little dip.

cjsjellybean
by on Jul. 1, 2014 at 12:12 PM

 That is so cute!!!

Quoting mrswillie: When my two okdest sons were young, one like the top of raw broccoli and the other liked the stem. The would share it. The okdest would dip the top in veggie dip and bite the top off then pass it to his brother who would dip and eat the stem.
Quoting michiganmom116:

Same here

Quoting mrswillie: I never had a problem with my kids eating veggies.

 

la_bella_vita
by Bronze Member on Jul. 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM

No, I don't really have that issue but I do like to mix veggies in

mikesmom65270
by Member on Jul. 1, 2014 at 12:36 PM

My kids, especially the 2 oldest, were big on vegetables, so I didn't really have to hide them.  They liked to eat frozen mixed vegetables as a snack.  The only thing I hid sometimes was zucchini when we had some much from my dad!

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