May> Healthy Recipes of the Month
Healthy Recipes of the Month
Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes
Think you can’t serve vegetables other than corn and mashed potatoes to kids or picky eaters? This collection of veggie side dishes and main dishes that sneak in veggies is worth a try on stubborn diners. When possible, let kids help out in the kitchen, challenge them to try new foods by taking them to the store and letting them pick a new veggie to try, or offer vegetables in new ways.
- Chicken and Guacamole Tostadas: This no-cook meal is one the whole family can help prepare. And toppings can be added to taste. Smoked paprika gives the chicken rich, grill-like flavor—with no cooking. Look for tostada shells (fried, flat corn tortillas) near the flour and corn tortillas or in the Mexican food section of your grocery store. View Recipe: Chicken and Guacamole Tostadas.
- Pasta with Winter Squash and Pine Nuts: In this recipe for Pasta with Winter Squash and Pine Nuts, butternut squash breaks down as it cooks to create a smooth, hearty sauce for the pasta. Pasta, a pro at pleasing kids, dressed with a vegetable-based sauce, is sure to please veggie-seeking parents and picky kids all at once. View Recipe: Pasta with Winter Squash and Pine Nuts.
- Hoppin' John's Cousin: Traditionally, Hoppin' John is served in the South at New Year's because the black-eyed peas represent coins—they're meant to herald prosperity in the coming year. Tell the kids that eating this dish will make them richer, and they’re sure to bite. Our version, with all its veggies, is a fresher, healthier update. This side dish can be made a day ahead and is, in fact, better after the flavors have had a chance to meld.
View Recipe: Hoppin' John's Cousin.
- Pasta with Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce: Adding in as many vegetables as possible to a kid-favorite like pasta is a good way of sneaking in the good stuff. Though we paired this chunky sauce with fettuccine, it would also be nice with short pasta shapes, like penne, gemelli, or farfalle. View Recipe: Pasta with Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce.
Source: Cooking Light-Kids Guide. www.cookinglight.com
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