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!
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
Finger food is always a hit. Serve these with their favorite dipping sauce!
Carrot Fritters via Real Food Real Deals
They just might mistake the eggplant for lasagna noodles in these rollups!
Stuffed Eggplant Rolls with Bacon via Low Carb Yum
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
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
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
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
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
Sweetening the vegetables with a tasty sauce will entice their tastebuds!
Baked Honey Garlic Cauliflower via Lean Green Nutrition Fiend
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
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
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!
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