How To Get Kids To Eat Their Vegetables
Dealing with finicky eaters, especially those of the short type, is like pulling teeth.Getting kids to eat and enjoy vegetables is the more difficult issues that face at-home cooks. So I have made it my mission to research and develop several edible vegetable dishes, perfect for your picky eaters.
Broccoli Mac 'N Cheese
This delicious and easy twist on an American classic will have your family begging for more!
- 1 box Kraft Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese
- 2 cups diced chicken (cooked)
- 1 1/2 cups frozen broccoli florets
- 1/4 cup milk
- 4 deli slices of Muenster cheese
- 1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese (shredded)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cut the broccoli into smaller, bite-size pieces. Large florets are usually intimidating to the picky eaters.
- Prepare the boxed Macaroni and Cheese as directed on the box, then remain on low.
- Add the 4 slices of Muenster cheese and the milk into the Macaroni. Stir until thoroughly combined. Then add the chicken and broccoli.
- Pour mixture into an appropriately sized baking dish. Cover the top with the shredded cheddar and bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Chicken Pot Pie
What could be better on a cold day than a nice plate of warm and hearty chicken pot pie?
- 1 lb chicken, cooked and diced
- 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
- 2/3 cup milk
- 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a saucepan, combine chicken and mixed vegetables. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.
- In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk and simmer over medium-low heat until thick.
- Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust and pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small steam slits in the top.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Pair this tasty spinach lasagna with a light salad and bread for a delicious and healthy Italian feast.
- 1 box lasagna noodles
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onions, chopped
1 lb ground beef
- 30 oz fat-free ricotta cheese
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
- 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 32 oz Marinara sauce, store-bought
- 20 oz chopped frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a large, deep lasagna pan with cooking
- Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and ground beef. Cook until no longer pink. Add marinara sauce
to the pan and stir until well combined.
- In a large bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, egg whites, garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
- To assemble lasagna, cover the bottom of the dish with a small amount of sauce. Layer with 3 noodles, 1/3 of ricotta
mixture, 1/3 of spinach, 1/3 of mozzarella cheese and 1/3 of sauce mixture; repeat with remaining ingredients.
- Cover lasagna with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes.
Honey Almond Carrots
I prefer using baby carrots for this recipe because you don't need to peel them.
- 2 cups baby carrots
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon slivered almonds
- Wash, drain, and steam the baby carrots.
- In a small saucepan, combine the corn syrup and brown sugar. Stir over low until sugar is dissolved.
- Pour the syrup over the steamed carrots. Coat carrots and drain excess liquid.
- Add the slivered almonds and gently toss them in with the carrots and enjoy.
Phyllo Asparagus Spears
Perfect as both a side dish and h'orderves, these tasty asparagus spears will have your kids' mouths watering!
- 2 dozen asparagus spears
- 6 sheets thawed phyllo dough
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 12 thin slices prosciutto, cut in half crosswise
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Steam asparagus for about 2 minutes. Blanch them under cold water and transfer to a colander to cool.
- Brush each sheet of phyllo lightly with butter. Cut into 4 rectangular pieces. Cut the asparagus spears down to 4 inch lengths.
- Place 1 piece of prosciutto on each phyllo rectangle. Arrange an asparagus spear over the prosciutto, letting the tip lay beyond the top edge of the phyllo. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Roll up and secure the edge of the phyllo with butter, if necessary.
- Bake until phyllo is golden brown, about 5 minutes.
Cajun Sweet Potato Fries
This spicy-sweet appetizer can be served with any flavored mayonnaise, such as this spicy chili mayo.
- 3 small sweet potatoes (unpeeled)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
tbsp Cajun seasoning
- 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
- 2 tsp lemon
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- Cut potatoes in half lengthwise; cut each half into 4 to 6 “fingers.”
- Place in large bowl and toss with oil and Cajun seasoning to coat
- Bake on baking sheet in 400 degrees F oven for 30 to 35 minutes, turning
once, or until tender and beginning to brown.
- Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, chili sauce and mustard. Serve as dip for potato “fingers”.