Veggie Good

Encourage the kids to eat their greens. Help is on the way with our 10 fun ideas!

  1. Turning Japanese Color plays an important role in keeping your kid’s appetite going. No one enjoys munching on something dark, bland, and boring. The solution? Extra colorful bites like vegetable sushi! Use cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots, sweet potatoes, and asparagus for a pop of color.
  2. Squash-bonara Does your child love carbonara? Then he won’t be able to resist this creamy, colorful version. Boil squash until tender; purée in a blender. Sauté squash with garlic and onion. Add broth; simmer until thick. Toss in cooked pasta. Top with bacon, Parmesan, and green onions.
  3. Souped up Make every day Valentine’s Day: Whip up a heart-y soup. Slice carrots, potatoes, and sweet potatoes into hearts. Add to sopas and top with heartshaped croutons. A little extra effort goes a long way.
  4. Super ’shrooms The trick to feeding picky eaters? Serve them something familiar, colorful, and loaded with their favorite ingredients. Think mushroom pizzas. Use portobello mushroom caps for the base. Get the kiddos involved by letting them garnish the “crust” with cheese, vegetables, and ham. Pop in the oven for a few minutes and it’s done!
  5. Eye see you Get creative in the kitchen: Make body parts out of vegetables! Here’s an example: To make silly eyes, cut a broccoli head into florets and steam. Pair two florets of the same size and top each with a round slice of cheese. Place a small piece of bacon on top to complete the eyeball.
  6. Not-your-usual nachos Make their munchies much healthier: Instead of corn chips, use root vegetable chips, then swap out store-bought bottled toppings for fresh ingredients like grated carrots, corn kernels, and beans.

    Some veggie nachos can help a lot

  7. Better when baked Pair sandwiches with good-for-you carrot fries. Peel and slice carrots into sticks; toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper; and bake until slightly crisp. Easy.
  8. Green light Help your kids stop snacking on junk food and start enjoying wholesome treats instead. They’ll look forward to vegetable-based bites when they’re served in playful ways. Make edible traffic lights: Slice celery into 2-inch sticks and spread cream cheese on the hollow side. Slice small circles out of red, yellow, and green bell peppers; stick them onto the cream cheese.

    Green light ice cream

  9. Flower power Set aside the packaged munchies and turn to healthy “popcorn” instead. What’s it made of? Cauliflower florets! It’s fun, tasty, and very easy to prepare. Head to to find out how.
  10. Sweet surprise It’s possible to end a meal with greens! The next time you make chocolate cupcakes, add grated zucchini to the mix. Not only will it give your sweet treat a healthy surprise, it will also keep your cupcakes soft and moist. The kids won’t even notice it’s there.

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