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How to Get Children to Eat Vegetable Recipes

Mar 26, 2008
Vegetables might be one of the best ways to get vital vitamins and minerals into your family's diet but how many times have you told you children to eat their vegetables? Probably quite a few.

For some reason, children have an aversion to vegetables. They will cry and sit for hours before you finally give in and send them from the table.

So which vegetable recipes work? The key is to find an interesting, creative way in which to prepare vegetables and your family is bound to love them!

If you think back, do you remember your mother dropping a soggy lump of broccoli on your plate and ordering you to eat it? Did it look appetizing? Probably not.

There are ways to make your children eat their vegetables. Broccoli, for example, is very high in both vitamins and minerals and there are various ways of preparing it. Good vegetable grill recipes usually turn out great and a lot of kids love these but what if that is not enough and your child still complains? Here are some tips:

Raw - leave a platter of raw broccoli cut up into bite size pieces in the fridge as a snack for your children. Serve it a little bowl of salad dressing for them to dip it in and you will have an instant hit. Make sure you leave the tips of the broccoli on the platter and encourage your child to eat them. If you are creative, you can make a game of it.

If all else fails, bribery often works. Tell your child that they will get a special treat if they finish their vegetables. Make sure you have a treat for them afterwards.

Use cheese. Cheese and broccoli go very well together. If you pour a cheese sauce over the broccoli, you are adding texture and changing the flavor. You might find your children eat the broccoli in cheese before whatever else you have served with it.

Lasagna is delicious with broccoli added. Smothering it in cheese can add to the flavor and disguise the broccoli. Children will be too busy enjoying the cheesy flavor to bother picking out the bits of broccoli. Vegetable pizza is another way of sneaking in broccoli. Nearly all kids love pizza so a healthy vegetable pizza recipe will produce something they associate with fun rather than veggies.

Try chopping it up. You can pre-cook the broccoli, cook it for a few minutes, and put it in the food processor. You can then add it to whichever recipe you are preparing and the kids will not know it is in there.

Shakes - make a milkshake using ice cream milk and a lot of chocolate syrup. Add the broccoli to the shake as you are blending it. The taste of the chocolate will hide the taste of the broccoli. Just make sure that the ice cream that you use has chunks of something in it, that is not hard to find in grocery stores.

There are so many ways that you can get your children to eat their vegetables. It is a very important part of their nutrition.
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Think vegetable pizza recipe have to be difficult then you need to have some fresh off the grill! While your at it why not have some of our grilled vegetable recipes.
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