Veggies Your Kids Will Eat
Our panel of kid judges gave these vegetable recipes outstanding reviews. Try them on your dinner table tonight!
Taste Testing, Kid Style
To find out what kids really want, we called on a panel of boys and girls ages 4 to 11 and asked them to taste, rate, and critique the following recipes.
Based on our taste testing, the key to getting kids to eat their veggies was adding a simple sauce or extra flavor to ordinary produce. We learned that although their taste buds are small, they are mighty!
Covered in sweet maple syrup, the kids fell for these not-so-plain carrots. And with only three ingredients, they're a quick and easy pick for you, too. "It's sweet and doesn't even taste like carrots," says Jaime, 11. "I would eat them with rice."
Parsleyed Corn on the Cob
We were apprehensive about serving the kids anything green, but when they tasted this corn, it was actually the parsley that made it a hit. "The 'green stuff' gives it a little spice," says Matt, 9. "This is the best corn I've ever had!" added his twin sister, Emilie.
Speaking of "green stuff," one of our tasters was a self-proclaimed broccoli hater. But when the broccoli was served in a cheesy baked potato, he gave this recipe our highest rating, and even suggested serving it with hamburger steak.
Sweet Potato Casserole
A lightened version of the Thanksgiving classic, this recipe was hiding vitamin-packed sweet potatoes under a marshmallow-pecan topping. "This is delicious," says Jaime, 11. "I'd eat it with anything!"
Green Beans with Honey-Mustard Glaze
Take the shortcut version of this recipe, and all you need are two ingredients and a few minutes to heat up these kid-approved green beans. "I'm not the biggest fan of green beans, but I would eat these," says Emilie, 9.