Friday, April 9, 2010

How to get kids eat veggies?

With my 3 boys, every dinner is a challenge: how to get them to eat at least one veggie and, if possible, the same one. I have been trying things for years. Basically, the idea is to help them get used to the taste of vegetables and therefore associate them with things they like, such as cheese, eggs, etc....

Here are a few of the most successful ones:

The first one is to use Bechamel, a white sauce I make with parmesan. I wrote the recipe on my post about
the arrival of spring and asparagus. This white sauce can be put on boiled broccoli, leeks, cauliflower, asparagus and, if you add bacon, and put it in the oven for 15 min, most kids will love it (who doesn't love anything with bacon??). Last time I made it, two of my boys had it on broccoli and the third one on leeks.

My second one is quiche. You can use whatever you have left in you fridge: just mix 3 eggs, 1/2 cup of heavy cream, 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of shredded cheese, salt and ham or bacon and one boiled veggie, like leeks, broccoli, asparagus, spinach... Pour this mix on a ready-made pastry crust or directly in the pie pan if you don't have one and cook in the oven for 45 min at 400F.

Finally, I have been making them vegetables purees and soups for years. A trick for the puree is to boil together a medley of potatoes, carrots and zucchini, mash them with a food mill and add butter and milk. You can also add some cheddar on top of the puree and broil it for 5 min. Delicious and simple!

1 comment:

  1. i totally second that, thanks for the tips ! i only have 2 girls, but the same problem. i even ended up putting a chart on the kitchen cabinet for daddy to prepare lunch boxes since it's hard to remember which one likes / doesn't like what ! however, i found these amazingly easy recipes i use at least once a week alternatively.
    the first one (in french, sorry !) can be used with any combination of veggies and bacon or ham + cheese. the result is beautiful and delicious:
    the second one, in the soup category, is also quick and yummy, even parents loves it :)
    i also found out that involving them in meal preparation or simply setting up the menu of the week helps them accepting to eat healthy food. they get all excited about what's coming up.
    bon appetit !