6. Make a chopped vegetable salad. Same principle—cut up lots of raw veggies into cute little bits, add your family’s favorite dressing (ours is a simple vinaigrette), and even add some toasted nuts, and you have a really crunchy festival of vegetables.
7. Roast them till they are crispy and golden. Take cauliflower, for instance—it’s a tough vegetable to love if you’re a kid. But what I do is cut up a head of cauliflower, coat the tiny pieces liberally with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and roast at 350° for about a half hour and you have little brown bits of deliciousness. You can do the same with carrots, asparagus, and lots of other good things.
8. Get them to help you prepare them. I learned this when I was shelling lima beans one day. Suddenly, kids wanted to help and they all sat on the counter and helped shell the limas. Funny, but not many ended up in the pot. Limas are surprisingly good raw.
9. Cover in cheese. After all, kids need calcium too. There is no harm in having a little bit of melted cheese with your veggies—especially ones like broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, and other unusuals.
10. Eat them yourself! Most kids I’ve met who don’t eat their veggies have parents who don’t eat their veggies…busted! Kids love to copy what we do, so we must do what is right for them. Turns out it’s right for us, too.
What are your tips and tricks and techniques for getting kids to eat their vegetables?