One of my standard strategies for introducing kids to vegetables is combining vegetables with other foods kids already like. These cauliflower twice baked potatoes have all the creaminess of regular twice baked potatoes, with the addition of mashed steamed cauliflower. Garlic and bacon add additional layers of flavor to this popular kids vegetable recipe.
One of the vegetables kids say they like best is broccoli. But whether your kids are fans of broccoli or not, they will like this vegetable side dish. Fresh broccoli is roasted in olive oil and soy sauce until caramelized, then tossed with peanuts. The saltiness of the soy sauce and peanuts really bring out a pleasant flavor in this broccoli.
You probably didn't expect to find a Brussels sprouts recipe on a list of vegetables for kids, but this fried Brussels sprouts recipe is one of my kids' favorite vegetables. Once you try it, you'll know why. They are crispy and golden and yes, they are actually pretty healthy.
Like most croquettes, these potato croquettes are fried, which makes this one of those vegetables kids like automatically. But these croquettes are also made with pureed peas and carrots, which adds a nice bit of nutrition to this vegetable side dish.
This is one of my kids' favorite vegetable side dishes. Kale is loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber, and it stands up well to roasting. The trick with this vegetable recipe is to check it frequently while roasting. You don't want the kale to get too browned, just crispy. A quick toss with sea salt adds incredible flavor to this kid-friendly vegetable recipe.
This vegetable side dish will warm the kids from the inside out. Like a mashed potato casserole, only made with butternut squash, this vegetable recipe is loaded with vitamins, calcium and protein. Kids won't even know it's good for them.
Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of vegetables, making them more pleasing to kids' taste buds. If your kids are particularly averse to green beans, go heavier on the oil for this recipe. The beans will soak up some of the oil during roasting, and when you toss them with sea salt, they'll taste almost like green French fries (well, if you have a good imagination.)
Why wait until Thanksgiving to serve this kid-friendly vegetable side dish? Kids love this sweet potato casserole, and even though it has plenty of sugar and butter, it has sweet potatoes, which are loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium and fiber.
Whoever said bacon makes everything taste better knew a thing or two about the human palate. This broccoli salad is particularly appealing to kids, because the broccoli is raw and crunchy, it's tossed with juicy grapes and bacon, then bathed in a sweet and creamy dressing. I often make this vegetable side dish for parties, and there are never any leftovers!