Easy, Tasty Vegetable Recipes For Kids

Kids are sometimes very picky eaters. If you worry about how you will get essential nutrients found in vegetables into their diet then this hub is for you. It has recipes with lots of vegetables that are very quick and easy to make and can easily be added to the family menu.

I have not specified quantities for most of the ingredients since it is entirely up to you on how much you would like to use. The seasoning is up to you too. The best way of finding out how well seasoned the food is by tasting during cooking, starting with a little and adding more seasoning if you need to.

You can add or omit any vegetable or ingredient you want to. It's your kid you are cooking for so you know better his/her likes and dislikes.



Cheesy Peas: A quick and healthy breakfast recipe. Can be served for lunch too with hot toasted bread coated with butter and topped with the cheese mixture.

Ingredients:

  • Peas (any kind)
  • Cottage cheese (cut into cubes)
  • Chopped onion
  • Chopped tomato
  • Chopped Green pepper (optional)
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Bread of your choice
  • Ginger/ garlic paste (optional)


Method of preparation:

In a pan, add a few tablespoons of oil. When the oil is hot enough, add the cheese until a little golden brown.

Remove from the pan. Now in this pan, add some more oil. Sauté the onions and garlic/ ginger paste in this.

Add the salt, black pepper and green pepper. After a while, add in the tomatoes and peas. cook for a while before stirring in the cheese. Let simmer for a while on medium heat.

Take out and serve with hot toasted bread.

Veggie Scrambled Eggs: Here is a new healthier option in place of the usual scrambled eggs. This might take a bit longer to prepare but it is definitely worth the effort.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 small potato cut into wedges
  • 1 small onion cut into slices
  • Slices of bell pepper
  • Slices of tomato
  • Salt
  • Powdered red pepper
  • Oil
  • Bread (optional)


Method of preparation:

Heat oil in a pan. Add in the potato wedges. When half done, add in the onion slices. The potatoes will be done by the time the onions get light brown. You can check the potatoes to make sure they are ready.

Add in the bell peppers and let cook for a while, the onion might turn a bit dark, that's okay as long as it dosen’t burn.

Pour in the egg. Make sure the fire is turned to medium. Then toss in the tomatoes, sprinkle the salt and pepper. When eggs begin to thicken, stir with a spoon to scramble. The veggies should get mixed up with the egg. Turn the egg pieces so the other side will cook as well. When done, you can eat with ketchup or bread.


Bean and potato burger: An easy to make burger without the use of meat. Your kids will love the crisp taste of the potato patties.

Ingredients:

  • Boiled potato (mashed)
  • Boiled/ baked red beans (you can use the canned variety by draining it first)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon/lime juice
  • Salt
  • Powdered red or black pepper
  • Oil for frying
  • Hamburger or sesame seed Buns
  • Lettuce leaf (optional)
  • Onion/tomato rings or cucumber sprinkled with black pepper and a little salt (you can omit any of these rings)
  • Mayonnaise or salad cream(optional)
  • Tomato ketchup( optional)

For coating the patties:

  • White flour (enough to coat patties)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • Bread crumbs


Method of preparation:

In a bowl, add the potatoes, beans, spring onions, lemon/lime juice, salt and pepper. Mix well.

With your hand, scoop out a bit of the mixture and shape into patties, approximately the size of meat patties found in burgers.

Dip into the flour on both sides to coat evenly.

Now dip into the egg and finally dip into the bread crumbs.

Put a frying pan on fire, add in oil and let heat.

Now shallow fry the patties in batches to prevent overcrowding if your pan is a small one.

Turn on the other side when one side is golden brown.

When both sides are done, take them out.

Split a bun into two. Spread mayonnaise on the bottom half. Top with a lettuce leaf. Then place the pattie, rings of tomato slices, cucumber or onion. Serve with the other half of bun spread with ketchup.


Creamy potato/egg salad sandwich: Perfect for lunch or as a snack, its mild creamy taste will have your child asking for more.

You can prepare the mixture before hand and refrigerate for 24 hours or two days by adding the potatoes/eggs to the mixture just before serving.

  • Boiled chopped eggs or potatoes
  • Chopped bell pepper
  • Chopped onions (to take away the pungent taste, immerse in salty water for a few minutes then drain before using)
  • Lettuce leaves (optional)
  • 3 tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon/lime juice
  • Chopped spring onions (optional)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 4 bread slices

Method of preparation:

In a bowl, add the potatoes, if you are using eggs instead, slightly mash them with a fork.

Add in the mayonnaise, bell pepper, onion, spring onion, lemon/lime juice , salt and black pepper.

Toast the bread slices if you want to. Spread the potato/egg mixture on two of the slices. Place lettuce leaves on top and top with the other two slices. This gives you two sandwiches. If the bread is a bit on the square side, cut diagonally into triangles. Its easier for you kid to handle it this way.

For best results, let the mixture chill for a while in the fridge before using or you can refrigerate the sandwich before serving.


Stir fried veggie noodles: If your kid is a noodle lover, then this a recipe you must try. With very few ingredients and most of them vegetables, it still tastes delicious and is very filling. You can omit or add any vegetable of your choice to this. It will still taste great.


Ingredients:

  • 1 packet noodles
  • Chopped onion
  • Chopped cabbage
  • Chopped bell pepper
  • Chopped carrots
  • Chopped spring onions (optional)
  • Chopped green pepper (optional)
  • Boiled peas (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • oil
  • salt
  • Powdered red or black pepper
  • Soy sauce

Method of preparation:

Put noodles on fire to boil as instructed on packet. You can keep the seasoning that comes with it for use later in the recipe.

In a pan, heat oil. Saute onions in this. Then add the cabbage, bell pepper, carrot, spring onions and peas. Let fry for a while. Add a few drops of soy sauce.

Break an egg into the pan. Stir a little so the yolk and white gets mixed up. Now let cook until it thickens. Then mix well with veggies.

When the noodles are cooked, drain and then add to the veggies. You can add the seasoning that come with the noodles or add your own salt and pepper.

Mix well and let cook for a minute.

Turn off fire and serve hot.



Stir fried veggie rice: Kids love stir fry and so do adults who have to cook them since they are very easy to cook and taste great. This recipe has lots of vegetables for a healthy meal.

Ingredients:

  • Boiled rice (keep in the fridge before use for at least an hour for a better texture)
  • Chopped cabbage
  • Chopped carrot
  • Chopped bell pepper
  • Chopped spring onions
  • Peas (optional)
  • salt
  • White pepper
  • White vinegar
  • Oil
  • Soy sauce
  • 2 eggs

Method of preparation:

Heat oil in a pan. Stir fry the carrots for a while, then add the cabbage, peas, bell pepper and spring onions. Let cook for a few minutes. Take the veggies out and in the same pan, with a few tablespoons of oil, break in the eggs, and stir to mix the yolks and whites together. Leave to thicken. When cooked, put in the veggies, and the already boiled rice.

Sprinkle soy sauce, vinegar, salt and white pepper. Mix well.

Serve hot. You can serve with the bean and potato patties or any of the salads above.


Quick tomato soup: Soups impart a feeling of warmth in the body and are perfect for cold mornings or wet evenings. this recipe is an easier version and can be made very quickly.

  • 6 -8 tomatoes cut into pieces
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • Green peppers chopped (optional)
  • Oil
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • 3 cups of water or half a cup of chicken/beef stock and 2 cups of water.
  • Black pepper
  • Basil or mint leaves


In a pot, add 2 tablespoons of oil and a little butter, sauté onions in this and add in the garlic when the onion is just about to be done. Stir in the tomatoes, sauce, green peppers, mint or basil leaves and seasonings.

When the tomatoes softens, add in the water and stock. Cover to bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer for 20-30 minutes. Check to see if the seasoning is according to your taste. If the soup becomes too thick, add some more water and cook for a few minutes. On the other hand, if the soup is too light, let cook for a while longer.

If you find it necessary, blend the soup to make it smooth. Garnish with mint or basil leaves.


Shredded chicken and mushroom sweet corn Soup: Button mushrooms have a very mild butter taste, and when used in this recipe together with the slight sweetness of corn, it turns into the perfect family soup recipe.

  • 1/2 - 1 kilogram chicken
  • Button mushrooms diced
  • Tin sweet corn (drained)
  • 2 egg whites (beaten)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Vinegar
  • Corn flour for thickening
  • 6-7 cups of water

Method of preparation:

Put a pot on fire, add in the water and chicken. Cook until tender. When done remove from water, but do not throw the water away.

Let cool the chicken cool a little before deboning and cutting into shreds.

Return the chicken shreds to the pot. Add salt and black pepper. Let cook for a while.

Add in the egg whites and stir. Leave to cook for some minutes.

Then add in the mushrooms and sweet corn. Let cook before mixing about a tablespoon of cornflour in 2-3 tablespoons of water, pour the cornflour mixture to the pot, stirring well to prevent lumps.

Check the consistency of the soup, if it is too thin add mix some more cornflour into water and stir into the pot. If it is too thick, add some more water to the pot. Serve hot.


All these recipes are tasty, healthy, and easy to make. You can be creative and have fun at the same time by coming up with new ideas for meals for your kids. Just remember what they like and make a recipe around it. Happy cooking!

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great hub with many very good ideas!


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minesgm 5 years ago from Texas

Great recipes, thanks for sharing.


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Lots of great recipe ideas, which I am sure my Mother would wish she had access to when I was a child. My attitude as a child was that if it hadn't once grazed in a field or swam in a sea, I wouldn't eat it! :)

I eventually learned the correct balance and I am sure your page will help many parents teach and help their children to learn at a much earlier age.


Wooded 5 years ago

Excellent recipes. I can use these for my grown kids!


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LittleFairy 5 years ago Author

@ Just Ask Susan, Thanks for your comment :)


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LittleFairy 5 years ago Author

@minesgm, I am glad you liked them :)


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LittleFairy 5 years ago Author

@ Gordon Hamilton, I have know many children who are just like you when you were young, and you are right in pointing out how parents should start their kids on healthy foods early in life. Thanks for your comment :)


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LittleFairy 5 years ago Author

@ Wooded, you can even enjoy these recipes your self :D


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

These recipes are great! I have no kids to feed, but I still want to give them a try!


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LittleFairy 5 years ago Author

@ Simone Smith, As a student these recipes are what I usually make and I thought of writing them down since they are very easy, do try one :)


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gulnazahmad 5 years ago from Pakistan

I love vegetables in any form, they are my all time all season all mood favorites. So I am going to make few of yours soon. Thanks for sharing them.


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LittleFairy 5 years ago Author

@gulnazahmad,I love veggies too. And I make these recipes occasionaly so do try them because they taste good and are quick to make :)


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RichardCMckeown 5 years ago

I can't waiting for, Thanks for the recipe.


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LittleFairy 5 years ago Author

@RichardCMckeown, you are welcome to try them out!


lele 5 years ago

how do yoll comev up with these respice


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HealthySecret 4 years ago

i like it,nice recipe,thks for sharing


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LittleFairy 4 years ago Author

@HealthySecret, thanks for reading!


jongfya 4 years ago

My Kids are also very picky eaters. I have to make a new menu for them to keep them interesting. These look delicious. I want to try some of them for my kids. Hope they love them. Thanks for sharing.


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LittleFairy 4 years ago Author

@jongfya, I totally understand your predicament! I hope they like these dishes when you make it for them :) thanks for reading and commenting~

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