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Vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. However, it’s not always easy to convince your kids to eat their veggies. Right now, let us take a close and detailed look at three healthy recipes to get your kids more veggies.
#1 Baked zucchini fries
To start things off, baked zucchini fries are a delicious appetizer or side to a meal. Kids love french fries, but this type of fast food can be very unhealthy at its core. French fries are cooked with lots of oil and grease that add hundreds of calories to each portion. Fortunately, zucchini fries are a healthy alternative based around veggies. cut the zucchini into thin strips much like french fries. Then, instead of frying everything, bake it at 375 degrees instead.
You’ll still end up with a golden color and crispy outside without resorting to frying. The inside will still be a soft paste that melts on the tip of your tongue. One obstacle that some chefs run into is the seeds of the zucchini. It’s not a bad idea to remove the seeds from the very start. Alternatively, you can bake the seeds separately for another unique topping. Remember, zucchinis are some of the healthiest green vegetables out there. Eggplant is another variation that you might try.
#2 Sweet potato nachos
Next, sweet potato nachos are super tasty as well. The idea is similar to the fries described above. Instead of using tortilla chips that can be high in sodium, opt for sweet potatoes that are much healthier alternatives. Cut up the sweet potato into thin disks that resemble tortilla chips. Bake them just a little bit so that they are crispy on the outside. Here, it can be useful to use steaming technology so that the chips don’t dry out completely.
As for the toppings, you have so many options. Ground beef and cheese are two of the most popular nacho toppings out there. Remember, you don’t have to make these dishes vegetarian; the idea is simply to incorporate more veggies than usual. Onions, spinach, and tomatoes are a few of the best veggies to load onto the nachos. Finish everything off with your favorite bottle of hot sauce. You can either use the potato skin for this recipe or forgo it. With the skin, your nachos become extra crispy and shiny on the outside. Without the skin, you’re looking at softer nachos that go very well with a gooey layer of cheese.
#3 Kimchi fried rice
Last but not least, kimchi fried rice is a favorite of many kids. Children love spicy foods, and kimchi is naturally super spicy. Chop up the kimchi into tiny pieces and mix it with white or brown rice. Other toppings can include pork, egg, or soy sauce. The whole point is to feed your kids some veggies, so don’t hesitate to add more lettuce, carrots, or onions to the mix. Afterward, explain to them that kimchi is simply fermented cabbage with some special treatment. There is a decent chance that they’ll find a renewed passion for vegetables.
Furthermore, any fermented vegetable recipe is awesome for incorporating more veggies. Different people have different takes on fermented vegetables, but the bottom line is that they are a change of pace from regular veggies. If your kids don’t care for regular veggies, they might surprise you with a love for fermented veggies. For this recipe, you can either buy a jar of kimchi at the supermarket or try to ferment your own. Either way, make sure to seal the jar tightly for preservation purposes.
In conclusion, these are a couple of healthy recipes to get your kids more veggies when they are reluctant to eat them. They’ll love how tasty and vibrant these dishes are. Afterward, you can reveal that the meal was stuffed with veggies, and your kids can be proud of how they conquered their fears.