The Saboteur: Sneaking In Vegetables To Your Daily Kiddie Food

Today’s guest post is in response to this week’s hautemealz.com article,Winning the Food War with our Kids“.

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-Chef Perry


Admit it: making kids eat vegetables is one of the hardest parts of dinner time.

From Caesar salad to all-veggie stews and dishes, the dinner table will become a riot zone once kids started to drop their forks and refrain from eating those healthy veggies. However, forcing greens in their mouths is never the solution.

Sneaking considerable amounts of veggies in your daily meals is the general solution, but it takes skill, experimentation, and patience to pull this off. Here are some tips:

1. Start small

To slowly desensitize their palate for fast food, start by sneaking inconspicuous amounts of veggies in your favorite dishes.

For instance, instead of going all meat with your flame-grilled burgers, why not start mixing in some very finely chopped carrots, onions, and celery into the patty mixture, then increase the amount little by little?

Also, you can side your steaks with buttered veggies in small portions. However, the real trick in making them eat small amount of veggies is not guarding them while eating. You can leave the meal on the table, sit in front of the computer, and play online bingo at FoxyBingo while pretending you aren’t observing them.

You’ll be surprised how they will outgrow their distaste for veggies little by little.


2. Use them as alternatives

If your kids became accustomed to Big Mac and large orders of French fries, now is the right time to offer them some alternatives.

You can serve patties with veggie extenders or go full vegan by cooking meat-free burgers. Instead of French fries, you can season potato wedges and coat them, then bake them for oil-free wedges.

3. Use them in cooking

Training your kids to cook is the best way to expose them in the wonderful world of “Veggielandia”.

Asking them to wash or peel veggies can make them get to like them. Teaching your kids a thing or two in the kitchen early on won’t just give them life skills but the love for vegetables, as well.