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Great Meal Ideas: Getting Kids to Eat Vegetables

Cooking Tips - Vegetables for kids

It is important to give our kids healthy and delicious meals on a daily basis and getting kids to eat vegetables can be a real task. Forcing them to eat can be the worse thing to do. There are ways to make eating vegetables more appealing, more natural, or even fun.

1. Start early, and put vegetables on the plate when they’re babies. Offer toddlers lots of different types of foods and let them see you eat and enjoy different foods, especially fruits and vegetables. This will influence them. If you hardly serve or eat vegetables, it is more than possible that your kids develop the same tastes.

2. Invite them to try a new vegetable. Sometimes they will love it the first time they try it, other times, it may take two, three, or even several tries before getting used to the taste of a new item. Ask kids to try just one bite. They may not like it, so leave it at that. Allowing them to stop at just one bite will make trying new foods less scary.

3. Let them choose a vegetable. When serving fruits and vegetables, letting kids choose from three kinds is a great food idea. Choosing between green beans, carrots, or corn will teach them that they can make a decision and their opinions really do matter. If you ask kids to pick the vegetables for a meal, this gives them a chance to be actively involved in what the family eats.

4. Kids like finger foods, why not cut some fresh veggies into little chunks and serve in a tray for all the family members. Set out individual cups of dipping sauce.

5. Another one of my great cooking tips is to serve salads first at dinner time just as the restaurants do and make it a routine. Think of it as a pre-dinner snack. Have a salad set out wherever the family is waiting for dinner. Whatever you are serving, even if it is a simple meal or one of the family’s favorites like a pizza, smelling the food cooking will surely build up the kids’ appetite and they will start nibbling on the snack.

6. Kids are hungry after school or play, so have snacks readily available. They will grab what they see first. Grab and run snacks are the best. Have cut raw vegetables, maybe grapes, plums, and peeled segmented oranges ready in small bags.

7. Grab their imagination by making vegetables more exciting. Serve cut up fruits and vegetables, and then let them create funny faces, cars, flowers, or animals. While their creativity is in the working, they are most likely to snack on the tasty pieces of art.

Quick and Easy To Prepare Meals

Cooking Tips

There’s no doubt about it: these days we are just too busy. Like most families we are working, tending to kids, taking care of home tasks, preparing meals, paying bills, shopping, traveling, and if time and money allows, we fit in some kind of recreation. Whether a household has two parents that hold jobs or one works and the other stays home to take care of the house and kids, it is a pleasure and a relief to find ideas for quick and easy meals. Preparing quick recipes will help in allowing more time to be spent on relationships, activities we love, and quiet time to reflect and replenish our energy. Here are three shared recipes to try.

Quick

4 to 6 already skinned boneless chicken breasts
2 cloves garlic
1 packet French onion soup mix
1 can chopped mushrooms
1 tsp basil
1 tsp parsley
1 cup sour cream
2 cups milk
salt & pepper

Brown chicken with garlic. Place breasts in butter greased casserole dish. Sprinkle onion soup mix evenly on chicken and add cut mushrooms on top. Spread sour cream on top of that. Pour milk over the chicken dish. Bake at 350 degrees for ½ hour. The chicken should be very tender and moist. (7- 10 min. Prep time) Serves 4 to 6

Easy Broccoli Casserole

2 packages frozen cut broccoli
1 can Campbells cream of mushroom soup
1 can Campbells cream of celery soup
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Ritz cracker crumbs

Boil frozen broccoli just until tender (or as suggested on frozen package).
Drain the broccoli and pour into lightly greased casserole dish. Add creamed mushroom and creamed celery soup. Sprinkle grated cheese. Crush Ritz crackers (enough to evenly sprinkle over top). Sprinkle the Ritz. Dot with butter. Bake at 350 degrees for ½ hour or until the top is golden brown. (About 10 min. Prep time) Depending on portions-can serve 4 to 8.

Fluffy Fruit Salad

1 can fruit cocktail, drained
½ cup coconut
½ cup sour cream
½ cup small marshmallows

Mix ingredients together in bowl. Place in bowl or mold and cool in refrigerator.

Give An Old Recipe A Twist!

Recipes

We all love the old recipes that come from family tradition or cookbook favourites. Sometimes preparing or eating those recipes become boring, unexciting, predictable, or just fall into the plain ole’ “get-the-dinner out the way” mode. So, why not give them a twist. Try some of these suggestions.

Add Berries to Oatmeal Cookies

Follow your usual oatmeal cookies and instead of just adding raisins, add a mixture of raisins, dried raspberries, cranberries, currants, and even cherries. The cookies turn out moister, chewier, and fruitier. They still taste like oatmeal cookies but with an extra surprise. You can purchase dried mixed fruit like the above and other different varieties.

Fried Potatoes with a French Flare

Go ahead and fry up those potatoes for breakfast or maybe even for dinner, but this time sprinkle a little tarragon over your potatoes. It really does give it a delightful and different flavour. The spice is similar to anise or liquorice. Don’t add a lot because it is definitely potent, and you don’t want it to overpower the potatoes. You just want to give it a hint of special flavour—a kind of French flavour.

Dilly-up Your Devilled Eggs

Another one of my cooking tips is if you like eggs, most likely you adore devilled eggs. It is hard to stop at just one. Throw a dash of dill weed/ground seeds in your creamy filling. This will surely surprise your senses, and you’ll be grabbing more than one egg for yourself or you will egg others on to try this tasty little treat.