"I don't like red", "I don't want this", "This has green pieces" ... Vegetables are a fundamental element in the daily diet to be able to lead a healthy lifestyle , also for the little ones; However, let's not kid ourselves: children, the vast majority, do not like to eat vegetables .
There are many theories to explain children's 'hatred' towards vegetables: the bitter taste of the calcium they contain, which is naturally associated with toxic foods; the texture , which makes it harder to eat; the fact that they are low in calories , and that it goes against the human instinct to look for foods higher in fat and sugar ... Whatever the explanation, the fact is that the rejection is almost generalized in the case of children And this becomes an odyssey for parents, who face this struggle practically every day at lunchtime, with the consequent stress and psychological exhaustion.
Tricks to prepare dishes with vegetables for children
Although the rush and lack of time in the day to day almost always force us to 'escape' with simple and quick recipes to make; You should know that imagination and originality are key when preparing recipes with vegetables for children that are attractive and delicious. And rest assured that there are many options to do it! What should not fail are these keys .
- Cooking: children tend to prefer crisp and fresh textures, and colorful dishes; so choose to cook the vegetables in the oven, sautéed or —directly— raw .
- The seasoned: believe it or not, the little ones are lovers of strong flavors ; So don't be afraid to season your vegetables well and combine them with more intense sauces or dressings .
- The combination: try to include the vegetables in the dishes that they like and that they know , so that they are somewhat camouflaged (hamburgers, pizzas, croquettes, meatballs ...).
Vegetable recipe ideas for kids
Baked cauliflower in batter
There is no doubt that everything that is battered or breaded tends to be successful with the little ones . So ... why not do it with vegetables too? Cauliflower is not by far your favorite vegetable, but if you prepare it this way, they won't be able to resist!
The trick? Accompany it in addition to a good bowl of sauce so that they can dip.
Mini aubergine pizzas
The usual mini-pizzas ... But changing the base for a slice of eggplant ! You just have to add the classic ingredients that your children like best - tomato sauce, mozzarella, oregano, ham cubes ... - and put it in the oven to gratin . They will love it!
Broccoli and pesto spaghetti
What kid doesn't like pasta? Try adding some vegetables to a classic recipe , like the typical spaghetti with pesto. Sauté some broccoli in small pieces, add it to the pasta and top with a layer of Parmesan cheese to melt… mmmmm!
A trick that you can try not only with pumpkin, but with an infinite number of vegetables : broccoli, spinach, aubergine, zucchini, carrot ... You can even try combining them! The fact is that your children will love them and, in addition, it is a simple recipe in which you can involve them to help you . The 'plus' to make the process of eating vegetables even more fun.
Either to take them for breakfast or a snack , or to make some tacos , this is an idea! Add vegetables to the usual batter and create fun pancakes: with pumpkin or carrot for 'Halloween' pancakes, with spinach for 'Hulk' pancakes or beets for a more 'princess' version.
What do you think of these recipe ideas with vegetables for children? Go ahead and try them and tell us how are you doing!