Let’s face it, we are not all fans of vegetables. Some children and adults like vegetables a lot while others only like a few select vegetables and then there are those who would live off of chicken nuggets and hot dogs of they were allowed.
I was the veggie lover in my family while my brother was the picky eater. I will eat pretty much any vegetable except for celery and sweet potatoes. I don’t care how many marshmallows you put on the sweet potatoes or how much peanut butter you spread in the celery I just do not like either one of them. My brother, on the other hand would only eat a handful of vegetables, as a child. Canned peas being one of those veggies, I believe we ate canned peas at least 4 times a week.
My mom had to get pretty sneaky to get vegetables into recipes without my brother realizing it. There are many ways you can add vegetables to your child’s diet without them ever knowing the difference.
You can easily add finely chopped or shredded vegetables to dishes. The easiest way is to prep your veggies beforehand. This would be a great chance to use that food processor you were just dying to have a few years ago! Just shred or chop the vegetables, place them in small zipper freezers bags, label the bags and pop them in the freezer.
Here are some meals that you can easily add vegetables too
Vegtables such as zucchini, onion, red peppers, and carrots are all easy to add to your family meals.
If you have a picky eater at your house, check out Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food by Jessica Seinfeld. This book is full of recipes and ways to add vegetables to your child’s food.
Another great resource is The Sneaky Chef. Missy at The Sneaky Chef has tons of recipes and useful tips for helping your children (and adults too) to eat their veggies without even knowing they did.
If you are struggling with a picky eater now, the good news is that they often outgrow their picky eating habits. As a child my brother was so picky but today he will eat a lot of different foods. Maybe he is not a fan of them but at least he is willing to try it. So don’t give up hope, your child may learn to love veggies.