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Green Vegetables for Kids

10 Recipes for Green Veggies the Kids Will Want to Eat


Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Broccoli

Stephanie Gallagher
Getting kids to eat green vegetables can be a challenge. Getting them to enjoy green veggies may seem like an insurmountable obstacle. But these recipes can make the task a whole lot easier. Even your pickiest eaters will enjoy broccoli, green beans, spinach, zucchini and more when they learn to sample green vegetables in these creative recipes that are all designed specifically to appeal to kids' tender palates.

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  1. Spinach Balls Recipe - Believe it or not, these balls were my middle schooler's favorite snack for a whole year. I'd make a big batch and freeze them, so we always had some on hand for snacking. The sausage and cheese in these spinach balls pack such a flavor punch, most kids will forget they are even eating spinach!

  2. Roasted Broccoli Recipe - This simple, four-ingredient recipe, takes less than 10 minutes of active prep time to prepare (and if you use pre-washed and chopped fresh broccoli, it's even faster), so it's a perfect dish for busy weeknights. And it goes with everything from chicken to beef to fish or pasta.

  3. Kale Pesto Recipe - One of the things I like about this recipe is that it doesn't seem like you're eating a vegetable, because you serve it like a sauce. Spoon this pesto over pasta or on pizza.

  4. Oven Fried Zucchini - There is no need to mess with the hassle of frying. You can get that great crunchy taste and texture simply by baking with this easy recipe. Panko bread crumbs (Japanese bread crumbs) and Parmesan cheese are the coating for this melt-in-your-mouth oven-fried zucchini recipe.

  5. Green Smoothie Recipe - Baby spinach never tasted so good! If you wanted to, you could just call these "emerald smoothies" and not let the kids know they have spinach in them. The green grape and pineapple flavor is what really comes through in these smoothies.

  6. Broccoli with Cheese Sauce - Parents have long known of the power of cheese to make vegetables appealing to kids. It's an age-old strategy that works beautifully. This recipe is especially nice because it uses only natural ingredients - no processed cheese.

  7. Green Beans with Bacon - Adding bacon to anything makes it better, doesn't it? In this recipe, fresh green beans are steamed, then tossed with caramelized onions and bacon. I like to use the slender haricots verts for this dish, as they have a more delicate flavor, plus they cook faster. But feel free to use whatever green beans you have on hand.

  8. Crispy Kale - Something happens to kale when it is tossed with olive oil and salt and lightly roasted. The kale becomes crispy, almost like potato chips. The key to this recipe is to watch the kale carefully. You want to cook it until it becomes crisp, but not cook it so much that it burns.

  9. Zucchini Pancakes Recipe - When fresh zucchini is in season, I'm always looking for new ways to use it. These zucchini pancakes are always a hit with the kids. Serve with sour cream or applesauce.

  10. Fried Brussels Sprouts - Something incredible happens to Brussels sprouts when they are fried. All the little nooks and crannies of the sprouts get crispy and delicious. Trust me, the kids will love these Brussels sprouts!

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