Summertime vegetable recipes to win over picky eaters

The spring and summer seasons are a great time for new beginnings, to break the monotony of winter foods.

The spring and summer seasons are a great time for new beginnings, to break the monotony of winter foods.

Most kids are picky eaters, turning up their noses withdisgust at what we consider the most delicious foods. Some kids areextreme picky eaters, limiting themselves to an all-yellow diet ofmac and cheese, French fries and chicken nuggets.

Introducing new foods can be a daunting battle in the faceof such opposition, but springtime, with its bounty of pretty babyvegetables, is a great time for new beginnings.

I like to apply the Mary Poppins philosophy whenintroducing my children to new foods. A spoonful of sugar goes along way to making new colors and flavors moreappetizing.

When my son turned 2, he stopped eating anything withcolor. He was only willing to taste something when I allowed him todip it in maple syrup. We went through a lot of maple syrup, but hestarted eating again, and is now an enthusiastic eater who onlyeats maple syrup with pancakes on Sundays.

While it’s true that kids eat too much sugar nowadays,making a vegetable a little sweeter will make it much morepalatable. Carrots are sweet on their own, but with a honey glaze,they become impossible to resist. There will be plenty of time toremove the extra sugar once that vegetable has been deemeddelicious.

The right presentation can make all the difference. Gnarlyparsnips become fun crisps when sliced thin and baked with cinnamonand sea salt. Hand pies are an exciting vehicle to deliver new orpreviously hated vegetables.

Check out these three recipes that are great for pickyeaters…


Sweet Potato Corn Hand Pies

Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 80-90 minutes


Honey and Vanilla Glazed Carrots

Serves 2-4 people as a side

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes


Parsnip cinnamon crisps

Serves 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


Have trouble serving meals that please all the different palatesat your dinner table? Check out our full collection of recipes that are
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