Even at the fanciest restaurants, chefs create vegetable dishes that are unique and attractive, giving vegetables a new appeal. Why not do the same for your kids?
Get your kids involved in cooking and preparing vegetables. A great start is with juicing them. Kids love to push the vegetables into the juicer and watch them come out as juice. Add apples other fruits to sweeten it up a bit. Here are some suggestions for adding veggies into their life and yours:
- Shred zucchini on the smallest shredder into spaghetti sauce.
- Make a sweet potato pie with maple syrup instead of sugar.
- Make a yummy healthy dip like tzatziki sauce and cut some carrots into circular pin wheel shapes.
- Change your child’s mind about vegetables….Build a ginger bread house this year using different types of foods such as vegetables, using broccoli & cauliflower for trees. Google Food Scapes by Carl Warner for inspiration.
- Make sweet potato fries with olive oil or bake a sweet potato and add a little butter, coconut sugar and cinnamon.
- Involve your kids in making a spinach pie or quiche
- Buy a vegetable spiralizer that creates long spiraling noodle like shapes out of vegetables. Lightly steam them to al dente add butter and salt or lightly sprinkle with cheese.
- Make a soup and juice all kinds of vegetables. The stems of chard and celery are particularly salty & are perfect for juicing and adding to the broth. Add the juice at the end, you don’t want to over cook it!
- Make a creamy panaang curry and add juiced carrots for color and vitamins and flavor. Add your child’s favorite meat &any other vegetables and pour over rice. Pannang curry is sweeter and milder than other curries with a real comfort food quality.
- Make an artichoke dip with Greek yogurt chopped spinach, “Spike” (healthy seasoning) to taste & just a couple of tablespoons of cream cheese. Serve it with carrots and celery