Veggie-ful Recipes Your Kids Will Love
For all of you parents just totally exhausted from the perpetual dinnertime fight to get your kids to ingest food that at least resembles a green plant, we’ve got the answer for you. Below are our favorite veggie-ful recipes that we (and yes we promise, our kids) love. From artichoke pie to veggie-stuffed croissants, these easy veggie-ful recipes will have you breathing a sigh of relief that your kids are now getting the vitamins and nutrients they need. Bon Appetit!
1. Black Bean Falafel Sandwich
If your kiddos haven’t discovered the awesomeness that is a pita pocket, then it’s high time they tried this new spin on the traditional falafel sandwich. Using black beans instead of chickpeas and topped with smooth avocado and stuffed into a whole wheat pita, this is one sandwich your kids will gobble up in no time.
2. Garden Vegetable Pasta & Salad
Kids already love pasta, so why not sneak in a few veggies to make the meal a little more filling and healthy? You can substitute in whatever veggies you have on hand to make this meal any time of year.
3. Classic Tomato Soup
This hearty soup recipe combines roasted and fresh tomatoes to really kick up the flavor. Compliment this soup with a gooey grilled cheese sandwich on those cold days and you’ve got a sure-fire way to ward off the chilly weather.
4. Artichoke Pie:
We guarantee your kids will be fighting over the last piece of this savory artichoke pie. While the prickly green artichoke may elicit sneers and jeers from your little ones, once baked into a pie with some cheese (add to that the flaky pie crust), your kids will be over the moon for this traditionally thorny treat.
5. Crock Pot Broccoli Soup:
Broccoli is the centerpiece of this super easy soup. We love the crock pot because it is simply put, every busy parent’s best friend. Here, with the help of chicken broth, potatoes, and some cheese, broccoli is transformed into a delicious soup your kiddos will love. Add some breadsticks to the mix and you’ve got one healthy, filling meal.
6. Veggie-ful Croissants:
Whoever said you need to labor like a French baker to create a beautiful croissant? Say hello to the baker’s favorite helper: puff pastry! These croissants are stuffed with vegetables or really, any healthy ingredients you want your kids to eat. With such a delectable puff pastry crust, your kids won’t even realize they’re eating their vegetables.
7. Chicken with Spinach and Mushrooms:
We love this recipe because it’s a one pan dish. Hello, minimal clean up! Chicken is accompanied by spinach and mushrooms in a delicious vinegar sauce that’s cut up by dijon mustard. Protein, plus veggies — we’re sold.
8. Spaghetti Sauce with Hidden Veggies:
Our kids love pasta and when it comes to making a healthy pasta dish then we pretty much always defer to this recipe for spaghetti sauce with hidden veggies. Here, veggies are packed into this delicious sauce that will satisfy even the pickiest eater’s appetite.
9. Penne with Bacon, Peas & Lemon:
Six simple ingredients and you’ve got this parent (and kid)-approved pasta. The bacon adds flavor to the dish that also features tons of peas. You can also add broccoli, asparagus, or any sliced veggie to this yummy pasta dish.
10. Zucchini Bread:
Simple, healthy, allergy-free, and delicious, this Zucchini bread has just the right amount of sweetness. This is perfect for breakfast, snack time, or anytime! Have the kiddos help too–they’ll love mixing the wet & dry ingredients together. We dare you to just eat one piece.
11. Veggie Stuffed Baked Potatoes:
Instead of piling your baked potato high with sour cream, butter, and every sort of artery clogger, we suggest stuffing it with veggies. Ok, you can add a bit of butter (hey, everyone needs a little bit, right?), but you’ll really want to stockpile this potato with any sort of vegetable. It’s great because you can use any green you have in your fridge, and your kids will love crumbling some cheese over their creation and then devouring it afterwards.
Leave us some ideas in the comment section below telling us your favorite veggie-ful recipes.
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