Have your children help make the salad and choose the dressings. Kids are more likely to try something they have helped to make.
Transform vegetables into veggie animals for young children, by organizing them into silly shapes. Or buy small plastic flower pots, fill them with dip – not dirt – and do some gardening with flower pot vegetables.
“Plant” carrot sticks, broccoli trees, cucumber flowers, fruits and more.
But you don’t need to be creative to make kid-friendly vegetable recipes. Dip raw veggies in peanut butter for a snack, or try sprinkling cheese on a side dish for dinner. And while potatoes are already a vegetable, many kids will be more than happy to eat their veggies if they’re mashed into the buttery side dish.
Cook carrots or sweet potatoes with regular potatoes and mash as usual, or add spinach to the potatoes before draining, then mash.
Looking for picky eater recipes and tricks you can use every day? Purée vegetables into a sauce for pasta or meat or add chopped carrots and celery to your meatball mixture. Or try grating zucchini, summer squash or carrots and fry to make vegetable latkes.
Bring kids along to the farmer’s market, grocery store or your backyard garden. They can bring their own bucket or basket and will be more likely to eat – or at least try – what they select.