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Easy veggie sides the whole family will eat

  1. brownepiano

    persimmon / 1467 posts

    My kids will only reliably eat peas, carrots, bell peppers, and mushrooms. The peppers and carrots I try to keep chopped and in a serving container like gingerbee said she does. That way I can pull it out for lunch or supper when I don't have anything else.

    Other than that we do roasted broccoli (which the 5 year old hates but gets to eat anyway) spinach muffins, and roasted sweet potatoes. In the summer they eat tomatoes straight off the bush. I've also made my own broccoli tots and they are really easy! I hide cabbage in things like dumplings and zucchini in soups and muffins.

    Edit to add- we also like fry bowls and Curry for including a bunch of random veggies easily. The kids aren't entirely sold on curry but they like the toppings and rice so they'll try it.

  2. Foodnerd81

    wonderful cherry / 21504 posts

    @SweetiePie: right, cucumbers and carrots are fine, I just want to expand those! Plus I get sick of the same things too. Unfortunately the 5 yo also won’t eat tomato sauce. She puts a little on homemade pizza but never on pasta.

    @brownepiano: I also try to do what gingerbebe has said about the serving container for the pre chopped veggies! That’s what got me started. And I find myself surprised by how quickly we go through what seemed like a lot of cut veggies, then I realize that is definitely a good thing!

  3. Foodnerd81

    wonderful cherry / 21504 posts

    So after all my complaining about this yesterday, tonight I had the energy to cook and a weird mish mosh of things to use up because I was away this weekend and didn’t have time to shop and meal plan. I made salmon patties, roasted carrots and potatoes, and quinoa- and they freaking ate it. It took some cajoling to get them to try it but they both actually ate it. I couldn’t believe it. Then they each ate half a container of strawberries after. One day they complain about the macaroni and cheese I serve them, the next they eat salmon and quinoa.

  4. purplelilac

    grape / 89 posts

    @Foodnerd81: ah! Kids are crazy. But I’m happy they gave it a try!

    My kids are moderately picky eaters (as long as I abide by certain rules- no sauces, not spicy, etc). We are veggie purists over here and stick with steamed broccoli, cut up cucumbers/carrots/peppers, roasted sweet potatoes and others, and recently I’ve had good luck with French beans. We did green beans before and no one liked them, but the thinner version French beans are a hit!

  5. pounce-a-lot

    pea / 8 posts

    Try stuff like vegie sausages (breadcrumbs, cheese, herbs, grated vegies, egg). It may be a matter of cutting down on carbs and making meals that are more incorporated meat and veg (such as currys, stews, shepards pie - using vegies, soups, ploughmans platters) and get rid of bread/rice for some meals altogether.

    DS hates veggies as well, but for some snacks I give him a little cup with sliced beans, in it or peas or corn kernels - he eats these raw.

  6. Iced Tea

    persimmon / 1310 posts

    The top veggies for my kids are cooked carrots (they really prefer them cooked in chicken broth) and baked potatoes. The little one enjoys raw tomatoes.

    There are a lot of other veggies they will eat if they are in soup form. I make a veggie-heavy chili a lot because my older daughter, who swears she hates tomatoes, will devour chili! She also really enjoyed minestrone.

    I also finely dice veggies to put in pasta sauce and stuff.

  7. pachamama

    nectarine / 2410 posts

    @Mommy Finger: spinach muffin and carrot pancake, gotta try those!

  8. Mommy Finger

    pomegranate / 3263 posts


    I always double the recipe and keep in the freezer. I don't add the walnuts

    Unfortunately, the link to the spinach muffins doesn't exist anymore but if you google it, you should find something similar.

    Also, I got a bunch of muffins this weekend at Costco from Garden Lite. They're made with zucchini and carrots. The boys love the chocolate chocolate chip ones!


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