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Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes

Posted by TheLeanGreenBean
May 09, 2017
These Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes are easy, healthy side dish ideas to up their veggie intake at lunch and dinner!

 

by, Lindsay Livingston, RD (The Lean Green Bean)
Photo Credit: Lean Green Nutrition Fiend

If I ever meet a mom that tells me she has a toddler who willingly eats their vegetables every single day without complaint, I will probably call her a liar. 

My son is two and a half and is a pretty darn good eater. That doesn't mean he loves vegetables. Yes, he eats them on occasion, but more often than not he leaves them on his plate. 

As such, I'm always looking for ways to get him to eat vegetables. My most recent discovery has been adding frozen cauliflower to his smoothies. I also serve him snacks made with pumpkin and sweet potato and involve him in kitchen tasks that center around vegetables like peeling carrots, chopping mushrooms and tearing lettuce in hopes he'll taste test them occasionally.

I'm also constantly searching for kid-friendly vegetable recipes to serve with his lunches and dinners. Because I know there are other mamas out there struggling with this as well, I rounded up some recipes I'm excited to make for my toddler over the next few months! Check them out and see if there are any you think your kiddos would like!

These Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes are easy, healthy side dish ideas to up their veggie intake at lunch and dinner!

Kids like the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes. Add cheese and a tasty oat topping and they'll gobble these up!
Cheddar Rosemary Hassleback Sweet Potatoes via Healthy Aperture


These Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes are easy, healthy side dish ideas to up their veggie intake at lunch and dinner!

Finger food is always a hit. Serve these with their favorite dipping sauce!
Carrot Fritters via Real Food Real Deals


These Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes are easy, healthy side dish ideas to up their veggie intake at lunch and dinner!

They just might mistake the eggplant for lasagna noodles in these rollups!
Stuffed Eggplant Rolls with Bacon via Low Carb Yum


These Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes are easy, healthy side dish ideas to up their veggie intake at lunch and dinner!

If your kids aren't a fan of mushy vegetables, try a crunchy salad option like this especially with some fruit mixed in:
Broccoli Cauliflower Blueberry Coleslaw via The Endless Meal


These Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes are easy, healthy side dish ideas to up their veggie intake at lunch and dinner!

Hummus is a favorite dip for a lot of kids. Pair it with vegetable and make these mini rollups and they just might be excited to try them!
Veggie Hummus Mini Wraps via Fresh Fit Kitchen


These Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes are easy, healthy side dish ideas to up their veggie intake at lunch and dinner!

Adding a crunch and a flavorful sauce is a great way to introduce new vegetables like brussels sprouts:
Crispy Thai Brussels Sprouts via Imma Eat That


These Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes are easy, healthy side dish ideas to up their veggie intake at lunch and dinner!

French fries are always a hit, but there are lots of veggies besides potatoes that you can turn into crunchy fries!
Green Bean Fries via The Lean Green Bean


These Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes are easy, healthy side dish ideas to up their veggie intake at lunch and dinner!

Sometimes it's all about the color for kids. They might get a kick out of finding something pink on their plate!
Potato Beetroot Dumplings via Everyday Healthy Recipes


These Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes are easy, healthy side dish ideas to up their veggie intake at lunch and dinner!

Sweetening the vegetables with a tasty sauce will entice their tastebuds!
Baked Honey Garlic Cauliflower via Lean Green Nutrition Fiend


These Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes are easy, healthy side dish ideas to up their veggie intake at lunch and dinner!

Don't be afraid to add a few vegetables to side dishes they already know and love:
Mac and Cheese with Broccoli via Healthy Seasonal Recipes


These Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes are easy, healthy side dish ideas to up their veggie intake at lunch and dinner!

Let them watch as you grill the corn and cut it off the cob. Let them taste the corn before and after it's cooked and compare the flavors.
Grilled Corn Salad with Avocado via Danielle Omar Nutrition


These Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes are easy, healthy side dish ideas to up their veggie intake at lunch and dinner!

Pair naturally sweet fruits they love with vegetables for a combo they'll love.
Berry Orange Spinach Salad via Yay for Food

 

See anything your kids would like? Pin this post for later and try them all!

These Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes are easy, healthy side dish ideas to up their veggie intake at lunch and dinner!

Looking for some Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes to feed your kids? Try these simple ideas! via @healthyaperture

TheLeanGreenBean

TheLeanGreenBean
Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, OH. She works in Nutrition Communications and is the author of the healthy living blog, The Lean Green Bean. She and her husband are parents to a wild and crazy 17 month old boy and they also own a CrossFit gym!
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