How to make vegetables your kids will consider tasting

Everyone is trying to eat healthier this time of year.  It is hard when you are trying to eat healthy but your kids don’t want to.  And it seems like a waste of time and energy to make two separate meals.  I try to follow my mom’s rule and have something green at every dinner (last night we had chili so do green onions count??).  The difficulty comes in getting my kids to taste, eat and eventually like vegetables.

I try to make my veggies as tasty as possible.  Last week I posted a recipe for Brussels sprouts.  This week I want to tell you how I microwave broccoli and asparagus.  Bacon and cheese make everything taste better.  Here’s what I do (sorry no pictures)…

Wash and pull apart into small pieces.  No one likes a big hunk of broccoli in their mouth.

Place in a microwave safe dish.

Add a few tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper, shredded cheese and some chopped up bacon (I like to use the precooked for ease)

Microwave for about 5-6 minutes.

Wash and cut of the ends of the stalk.  The thinner the stalks the better.

Add a few tablespoons of any vinegar based salad dressing (balsamic, Greek, Italian etc…)

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, parmesan cheese and chopped bacon

Microwave for about 4 minutes

You can try endless combinations of cheeses and dressings.  You can use butter instead of olive oil if you like.

I our house, I give my kids about 3 bites to start.  They cannot have dessert if they don’t eat their small portion of veggies.  I read that repeated tastings of vegetables increased 9-10 year old’s likings for veggies (link).  That is why I continually put vegetables on their plates each night.