Are you having a hard time making your little one eat vegetables? No worries – there are ways to prepare dishes that your child will love and won’t even suspect that it’s chock full of healthy produce. Just be creative with your presentation and keep reminding your little one about the importance of eating healthy. Don’t forget to set an example at the dinner table, too!
Prepare these vegetable recipes that will make your child want to eat healthily:
Yummy Green Bean Fries
What you need:
- 1/2 kg. fresh green beans with ends trimmed
- 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup hummus
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Mix together the bread crumbs and the Parmesan cheese in one plate then place the hummus on a separate plate. Line a greased baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Using clean fingers, hold on to one end of a bean and run it through the hummus to coat then roll it into the cheese and breadcrumbs mixture. Place the coated bean on the baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the green beans.
Bake in a preheated oven (400 degrees) for 15 minutes or until desired doneness is reached. Allow to cool before serving with your choice of dip.
Honey Bacon and Roasted Carrots
What you need:
- 1 kg. carrots, peeled and chopped into 1-inch chunks
- 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- 2 strips bacon, diced
Mix together the carrot chunks, honey/maple syrup and bacon in a large bowl. Stir until ingredients are well-combined and carrots are coated. Place the mixture on a greased baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for half an hour. When ready, check (using a fork) if the desired doneness of carrots is achieved. Allow cooling for a few minutes before serving. Season with a little bit of cayenne pepper if desired.
Easy Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza
What you need:
- 3 zucchini (preferably same in size), ends cut, sliced into 3/8 inches wide
- 20 slices pepperoni, sliced in half
- 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
- 1 teaspoon Italian herb blend
- 1 teaspoon Spike seasoning
Arrange zucchini slices on a greased baking sheet (covering the sheet completely) Season the slices with Spike seasoning and Italian herb blend then top with mozzarella. Broil in a pre-heated broiler until cheese is starting to melt, about 2-3 mins. Arrange pepperoni slices on top and broil for 3-4 minutes more. Cool before slicing and serving.
Serve these delicious vegetable recipes and your little one will want to eat healthier!
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