9 Delicious Recipes To Get Your Kids To Eat Veggies

12/01/2016
  • As any parent knows, trying to feed your child vegetables is a herculean task.

    All children have strong opinions about their food, and even the most easygoing children have their fussy days. So what’s a parent to do?

    You’ve got to be clever and work with your children to get them to not only eat their vegetables but also learn to like them. Here are 9 recipes that are so tasty that your little picky eater will ask for seconds, and even better, help you feed them the vegetables they refuse to eat.

    Sandwiches

            sandwich 

    One of the easiest things to put together, sandwiches are universally loved by most children.

    Sneak vegetables into the fillings- lightly sautéd carrots, beans, and capsicum make great additions to your sandwich.

    If you’re making a non-vegetarian version, then use a bed of spinach instead of lettuce for the greens, and add fresh tomatoes and cucumber. A little bit of mustard or chili sauce with a thin layer of mozzarella cheese, and your kids will not be able to refuse one (or more).

    White Sauce Pasta

    spaghetti-pasta

    Pasta is delicious, especially when it’s in white sauce. But all that refined flour and cream is definitely not the healthiest option.

    So the next time your child demands white sauce pasta, make the sauce with cauliflower instead! All you have to do is boil the cauliflower till tender, then blend it with a little milk, olive oil, salt, and fresh Italian herbs like basil and oregano. Add your boiled pasta in, and heat it all up till the flavours have blended, and you’re all set.

    Paranthas

    Paratha

    No one refuses a paratha, picky eaters included.

    The best part about paranthas is that you can stuff them with just about anything, but as long as you serve them piping hot with a side of curd and pickle, your kid will eat it without a fuss.

    Potatoes are traditional, but you could also mash up peas, paneer, cauliflower, or carrots, or even a mix of all these healthy vegetables for kids, and use them as stuffing.

    Pizza

    pizza

    If you’re up to baking pizza at home, then it’s a surefire way of getting your kids to eat their vegetables. Use a whole-grain base, and instead of tomato sauce, use something like a basil pesto which is tastier and healthier. Top with veggies like tomatoes, spinach, onions, and mushrooms, and watch your child eat it all with zero fuss.

    Whole Grain Oatmeal Pancakes

    Oatmeal Pancakes

    For a hearty breakfast that your kid will love, mix half a cup of whole wheat flour and half a cup of crushed instant oats as a base for your pancakes with a teaspoon of baking powder. Add in a mixture of 1 egg, a cup of curd, 3 tablespoons of honey, and a few drops of vanilla essence to your base.

    Let the batter sit for half an hour, and you’ll be ready to make your healthy, delicious pancakes.

    Pulao

    Pulao

    If your kid is fond of rice, then you’ve hit the jackpot, because rice is one the easiest things to make healthy. One of these ways is pulao.

    To make it, first sauté one chopped onion, add ginger-garlic paste, then add a chopped tomato in your pressure cooker. Chop up your choice of vegetables- beans, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower would all work well- and add these to the cooker as well. Then add the pre-soaked basmati rice to this mix, sauté it all lightly, then cook it all like you would normally cook rice.

    And voila! Tasty, nutritious pulao is ready.

    Carrot Orange Smoothie

    carrot smoothie

    Can’t get your kids to stop drinking processed juice? There are a number of smoothie recipes for kids that are healthy and delicious, and this one uses a cup of grated carrots, 1 orange, and a frozen banana.

    Get your kids involved, and blend your carrots, orange, and banana with a cup of fresh orange juice and ice.

    Colourful Dosas

    dosa

    Plain dosas are a toss up- if you’re lucky, your kids will eat their breakfast, and if you’re not, you’ll probably have a tantrum on your hands.

    Kids like colours, so add a little bit of fresh beetroot or spinach juice to the batter just before you make the dosas. They’ll be pink and green, and your kids will hardly be able to tell the difference in flavours.

    Pumpkin French Toast

    french-toast

    For this amazingly healthy version of french toast, you’ll need half a cup of pumpkin for 8 slices of bread.

    Mix the puree with 2 eggs, ¼ cup milk, a pinch of cinnamon, and a teaspoon of vanilla essence. Dip your whole wheat bread into the batter, making sure both sides are coated, and fry till golden brown on a pan greased with a little bit of coconut oil or butter. Serve with honey for a healthy, filling snack!

    Getting your kids to eat vegetables can be easy, so long as you employ a little bit of creativity and subterfuge. Try out these kid-friendly healthy recipes, and your mealtimes will never be stressful again!

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