Kids and Vegetables
We all know vegetables are good for us. Have you ever wondered how to get your kids to eat them? I asked a friend for her secret for her children loving vegetables and here is what she told me.
“I have three big veggie tricks when cooking for my kids: (1) Hollandaise sauce for anything like cauliflower, broccoli and asparagus works wonders. They can’t get enough. Cheese sauce works too and you can make low-fat versions of either which are tasty. (2) Make sure to normalize the texture as much as possible and (3) when in doubt sauté in a little bit of butter, and lots of lemon and garlic powder and chicken broth.
If you are looking for kids to eat raw veggies – no or low fat ranch dip makes everything taste good. Once they start liking the vegetables, you can wean them off the sauces and dips and they really don’t know the difference.
I have found there are a lot of veggies that kids don’t like because of the texture (i.e. tomatoes). In those cases, I cut and seed things so they don’t burst in the mouth (adults like this-kids don’t) and so that the mouth-feel is more consistent (think cucumber seeds).
I have had good luck with this process. You can also puree things if you have a really picky eater. For example, one of my son’s friends won’t eat anything but butter and “smooth” spaghetti sauce on pasta. When he comes over, I blend or puree all sorts of vegetables and put it in the sauce. He doesn’t know the difference.
Oh, and kids will eat veggies pureed into a smooth soup mixed with cream that they would otherwise not touch.”
Sarah’s kids are great eaters thanks to her creativity. Try it out and see what happens!
Recipe Credit: Sarah Boswell-Healy
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