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7 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Veggies Without a Fight

Sometimes it’s hard to get your kids to eat their veggies. The minute they get a whiff of something green and squeaky, they run a mile. The good news is that you can sneak ‘em in, so kids eat their veggies and still enjoy their favorite foods. Here are 7 clever ways to add some extra veggies and nourishment to classic kid-friendly recipes.

1. Breads

Bread slathered in butter is a great snack at any time of the day. A few slices of Sophie's Zucchini Bread, and before you know it, you’ve ingested an entire zucchini -- win! Veggies add a lot moisture and sweetness to bread, making it almost taste like cake, which is definitely going to appeal to the kids.

Sophie's Zucchini Bread

Sophie's Zucchini Bread

Photo by eatcookdream

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Photo by Jenny Smillie

2. Cheesy Main Dishes

It's a good idea to add some extra veggies to a cheesy potato dish, or a macaroni cheese, to slowly win your kids over. Once the veggies are all wrapped up in a creamy cheese sauce, it’s hard to even taste the veggies  -- cauliflower is especially easy to hide in a creamy baked dish.

Loaded Cauliflower

Loaded Cauliflower

Photo by lutzflcat

Zoodle Lasagne

Zoodle Lasagna

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

Broccoli Chicken Divan 

Broccoli Chicken Divan

Photo by Reyna

3. Pizza

Who can resist a cheesy pizza! Instead of trying to offer pizza laden with veggies, why not try to make the crust out of vegetables. You can make or buy a cauliflower pizza crust, which tastes almost like the real thing. Fun bite-size veggie base pizzas are also a fun way to get kids interested in vegetables. Let them make their own personal portobello pizzas or zucchini pizzas with whatever toppings they like.

Chef John's Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Chef John's Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Photo by gnomeygoose

Personal Portobello Pizza

Personal Portobello Pizza

Photo by MesaMa

Grilled Zucchini Pizza

Grilled Zucchini Pizza

Photo by Traci-in-Cali

4. Morning Waffles

Get the veggies in early. Breakfast waffles made with sweet potato or zucchini, taste just like regular crispy waffles. They’ll never suspect that their waffles are full of healthy veggies.

Sweet Potato Waffles with Cranberry Maple Syrup

Sweet Potato Waffles With Cranberry Maple Syrup

Photo by SunnyDaysNora

Zucchini Waffles (Green Waffles)

Zucchini Waffles (Green Waffles)

Photo by Christina

5. Fries

It's not hard to get kids to eat regular fries. The trick is to introduce a new vegetable and make it look like fries. You can also bake the fries rather than deep frying, making them extra healthy.

Low Carb Zucchini Fries

Low Carb Zucchini Fries

Photo by KGora

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Photo by CCLoves2Bake

6. Muffins

You can hide a lot of goodness in a muffin. These toddler muffins are packed with carrots and squash, and these delicious blueberry muffins hide an entire cup of beets.

Toddler Muffins

Toddler Muffins

Photo by Molly

Whole Wheat Blueberry Beet Muffins

Wholewheat Bluebery Beet Muffins

Photo Donna Lee Newsome

7. Cake

Imagine your kids eating giant spoonfuls of cooked zucchini or beets  -- well, it can happen once they are hidden inside a luscious chocolate cake. These cakes look good enough to be served at a birthday party. One is full of zucchini and the other has lots of sweet beets. Mystery cake is the perfect name for this type of cake ;)

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake III

Photo by RebeccaD

Mystery Cake

Mystery Chocolate Cake

Photo by Michele


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About Vicky McDonald

Always looking for more cheese! I love to bake, potter about the garden, and drink lemony gin & tonics in the sun. I also blog at stasty.com.