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3 Spring Veggies Your Kids Will Love

March 27th, 2013

This spring, there are a lot of vegetables that you can add to your kids’ diet without making them run the other direction. These veggies not only provide ample nutrition for your family, but are also in season, which makes them both affordable and delicious.

Budget-friendly? Check. Nutritious? Definitely. But the question remains: will my kids eat vegetables?

Our children’s main concern regarding food is taste, not health. If it tastes good or sweet or meaty, then they want it. But if it tastes funny or too leafy, they reject it. Hence, the secret to making kids eat vegetables is to make them taste good.

 

Spinach

spinach lasagna
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Aside from being Popeye’s favorite strength booster, spinach is also rich in calcium, vitamin A, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids, among other nutrients. This in-season vegetable has a subtle taste, much like lettuce.

So, how do you make your kids like spinach? Hide it in lasagna!

This delicious recipe from MyRecipes.com uses spinach as filling for its Last Minute Lasagna. This dish makes use of parmesan and mozzarella to even the taste of the spinach, resulting to a scrumptious pasta dish that the entire family loves. It takes about an hour to make, which makes this recipe an amazing go-to meal that’s still special even when you’re running late.

Tip: To make this dish more likeable by your kids, add ground beef to your filling.

Asparagus

asparagus
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Asparagus is a personal favorite of mine. Roasted, boiled, as a side, or main dish, I devour it. DashRecipes.com gives a new twist to this spring vegetable with its Italian Asparagus Sticks recipe. The asparagus is coated in bread crumbs and whisked egg before it’s baked, leaving you with a healthy dish.

Rich in dietary fiber, protein, potassium, and vitamin A, this spring vegetable is great for salads and appetizers. Since it’s low in calories, asparagus is the perfect replacement for snacks like chips or chocolate.

Tip: If you have the time, replace the simple tomato sauce with marinara sauce to give your kids some truly Italian fare.

 

Broccoli

broccoli
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Despite its nutrients, broccoli is one way to make kids stay away from the dinner table. Broccoli is a spring vegetable with a mild taste and a crunchy texture even when cooked. It can be eaten raw or boiled and can be included in meat and vegetable side dishes, much like this Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli recipe from FoodNetwork.com. This recipe takes about 35 minutes to make and works well as a side dish. The parmesan cheese coats the broccoli and hides the mild bitter taste of the vegetable.

Tip: Match this dish with chicken or beef dishes for a meal to remember.

 

These are only three of the nutritious vegetables to include in your meals this spring. Share some of your recipes for more fun dishes!

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