For some kids, broccoli is an acquired taste—but we’ve found that with the right recipe, even picky eaters will gobble it right up. Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite kid-approved broccoli recipes, from broccoli cheddar soup to broccoli salad to perfectly roasted broccoli. Keep reading for all the green goodness.
Broccoli Cheddar Risotto
Broccoli takes center stage in this easy risotto recipe from Savory Tooth, but there’s also enough cheddar cheese to convince little ones to give it a try. It's a pretty hands-off recipe, so no need to sweat it out over the stove. To get the recipe, click here.
Garlicky Peanut Soba Noodles with Roasted Broccoli
Broccoli & Red Pepper Egg Bake
This egg bake is a simple way to get more veggies into your kid’s diet, and it comes together in less than half an hour. It’s easy to switch up the veggies to fit your family’s tastes. To grab the recipe, click here.
Sesame Beef and Broccoli
A popular Chinese food take-out item, beef and broccoli is a family favorite broccoli recipe for its flavor and nutrient-packed ingredients. While searing the meat might take a little extra time, this version from Pinch of Yum is a 30-minute meal perfect for busy weeknights. Click here to get the recipe.
Crispy Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic
This simple roasted broccoli method from Smitten Kitchen is our go-to side dish. The broccoli is roasted at a high temperature to create crisp, toasted edges, and it’s finished with a refreshing hit of lemon. Grab the recipe by clicking here.
Broccoli with Cheese Sauce
Turn your little ones into broccoli lovers with this recipe from The Life Jolie. A homemade cheese sauce is a perfect accompaniment for steamed broccoli (or cauliflower, or baked potatoes). Click here to get the recipe.
Baked Korean Meatballs
If you’ve got a particularly picky eater, these meatballs from White Blank Space are a great way to get some broccoli into their diet. Finely chopped broccoli is incorporated into the savory mix of beef, parmesan and soy sauce. Click here to see how they’re made.
Broccoli Sausage Pasta Salad
You can’t go wrong with a pasta salad, especially when it’s loaded with sausage, broccoli and mozzarella cheese. It’s finished with a light, zesty vinaigrette to keep it from feeling too heavy. To grab the recipe from Boulder Locavore, click here.
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Inspired by the broccoli cheddar soup from Panera, this recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything is the ultimate comfort food. Served with some crusty bread on the side, this is bound to be a hit with the whole family. Click here to get the recipe.
Veggie Stuffed Baked Potatoes
No need to pile a baked potato with sour cream and butter—check out this recipe that combines carrots, broccoli and feta cheese for a winter warmer with a healthy twist. To get the recipe, click here.