Vegetable Recipes Kids
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The idea of "vegetable recipes for kids" makes me squirm because it implies that vegies need special treatment if kids are going to like them. It rubs up against my belief that kids should pretty much grow up eating what their parents eat. Eventually, they'll like it. Right?
Unfortunately, one's parenting philosophy doesn't always fit one's actual children. After more mealtime arguments than I care to admit, I had to adjust my vegetable thinking (and cooking) and take a long-term approach to raising vegie-lovers.
For us, that means:
- Lots of different vegetables prepared in lots of different ways
- Serving vegetables and fruits separately
- Clear expectations (a taste of everything on the plate, even a small taste)
- Low pressure (no wheedling, scolding or finger-wagging; hard to resist, I know)
- Making vegies a consistent part of most meals and snacks
The good news is that my kids' favorite vegetable dishes are also the easiest and quickest to prepare. Here are my favorite kid-friendly vegetable recipes...the ones that get cooked -- and eaten (or at least tasted) -- week after week.
Steam fresh or frozen broccoli florets till tender-crisp and bright green. Drain if necessary, then drizzle with a bit of toasted sesame oil and soy sauce.
Cauliflower "Mashed Potatoes"
Boil fresh caulilower florets in a small amount of chicken stock till tender. Drain all but a few tablespoons of stock and mash or purée the cauliflower with some cream or milk and butter. Add back a little stock if necessary to adjust the consistency. Season with salt and pepper (you may not need to depending on the flavor of the stock).
(Roasted cauliflower is also delicious.)
Preheat the oven to 425. Toss trimmed, fresh or frozen and thawed asparagus spears with olive oil and salt (if the asparagus is damp, pat it dry first). Distribute on an oiled baking sheet so they're not touching, then roast till browned, tender and sizzling.
Edamame is the Japanese name for green soybeans in the pod. They're sold in Asian supermarkets and the frozen vegetable section of many grocery stores. We buy ours at Trader Joe's. Once cooked, edamame are eaten by popping a pod into your mouth then pulling it back out through your teeth.
Boil edamame in salted water for about 5 minutes. Drain, sprinkle with a little salt if you like, and serve as a snack or side vegetable.
Photo credit: La Fuji Mama
Crudités With a Surprise
Peel or trim celery stalks, carrot sticks, sugar snap peas and a "wildcard" vegetable your kids have never tried: red pepper strips, black olives, cucumber spears, endive "boats, " thin wedges of purple cabbage. Fill the celery stalks with cream cheese and slice into two-bite lengths. If your kids like dip, add a small bowlful. Arrange on a platter and serve as an afternoon snack or first course at dinner.
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Anyone have any good vegetable recipes for kids?2006-02-22 13:20:06 by starving_kids
My son has not gained any weight in a year. Also, all my kids tested as amenic. Pediatrician said I need to try to get him to eat more, and especially healthy stuff so at least what he does eat is nutritious. I'm not much of an eater myself, and I rarely cook, so it's no mystery where he gets it from.
If anyone has any veggie recipes their kids like, can you give them to me?
Broccoli quiche was not a hit at lunch, but a few bites did get swallowed. Normally, if the kids say they don't want something, I'd let them leave the table and I'd throw it out. I'm doing rice and beans for dinner because someone told me that is high in iron
Crock pot cooking with kids recipes2008-01-24 16:29:07 by ---
I cook with my son's 2nd grade class every monday with a crock pot and then we serve them whatever we made after our afternoon walk. We've made hot apple slices, lemon/ginger tea, spiced apple cider, root vegetable stew...
What are other vegetarian options for crock pot cooking that works well and simply for younger kids? We don't have access to a kitchen stove, so all we have is the crock pot and a microwave.
Tips/ideas on kids eating & nutrition...?2005-03-21 14:04:42 by connorsmommy
I recently volunteered to teach a class on "meals and snacks for kids" to low income moms. I'm a little panicky because I'm lacking neat-o ideas to share.
While I do have a skeleton of a curriculum I'm hoping that some of you moms (or dads or grandmas!) can help me make it a little meatier by passing on your favorite tips, suggestions, ideas, thoughts and even frustrations about your kids and food.
Anyone care to share?
How do you get your kids to try new things? What are some of their favorite snacks? Any vegetable recipes ideas that your kids like?
Any funny food related stories?
TOFU. What can I do with it? Got any recipes?2007-11-03 13:05:02 by ----
Every week in the vegetable market I see the packages of tofu. Every week I leave saying I will look up some recipes to make something with tofu. This week, I did the opposite and bought a package of tofu - to *force* me to make something with it!!
I have googled and looked for recipes online, but what I want to know is which way do *you* like to cook/serve it? Do you find the kids liked it better one way or the other or is this something best saved for adult meals?