Simple Ways To
Get Your Kids To Eat Broccoli
kids are finicky when it comes to eating green vegetables. They have their
favorites and then there are the ones that they won’t eat at any cost. If your
child won’t even try anything green, learn ways to get them to eat it and enjoy
the taste. Today, we’ll be starting with broccoli.
The easiest way to get your child to eat broccoli is to add it to a dish that
they already like. If your child has never tried broccoli, this will make it
easier still. The taste of the other foods will mask the taste of the broccoli.
Broccoli doesn’t taste bad, but it does need some sprucing up to taste better.
Add broccoli to a bowl of macaroni and cheese. Most if not all kids love to eat
macaroni and cheese. Steam a pot of broccoli until it is almost done, but still
very green. One the macaroni and cheese is ready mix the broccoli in. Before you
mix it, cut off the stalks. The tops are easier to eat. Sometimes the stalks
have hard parts that you could chew on for days and they still wouldn’t
disappear. If you don’t want to chop all of those stems, buy bags of broccoli
that just contain the florets.
Does your child like casseroles? Add broccoli to your favorite casserole. Turn a
cheesy chicken and rice casserole into a cheesy chicken, broccoli, and rice
casserole. A beef and noodle casserole could get a touch of green with some
broccoli florets. Your kids will be so glad that they don’t have to eat peas
that they won’t even care about what’s in the casserole.
My kids like chicken potpie. Most potpies contain chunks of potatoes, carrots,
and green beans. If you are making it homemade, add a few baby broccoli florets
to the vegetable mixture. Once the vegetables soften and mix with the chicken,
and the cream soup the taste blends right in. You can add broccoli to a turkey
or a beef potpie as well.
Serve broccoli as a snack. Sometimes, kids will snack on vegetables when they
are raw and they taste better to them that way. Set out a plate of broccoli with
the stalks and a bowl of ranch dressing. Ranch dressing on vegetables is tasty
and a quick snack to munch on while watching television or doing homework. It
fills them up for the moment and there’s no sugar in it to ruin their dinner. If
ranch dressing is not their thing, try cottage cheese, yogurt, or another type
Broccoli works well as a side with a sauce. Most of the time you see broccoli
with a sauce, it is cheese sauce. Watch the fat content though. Use a low-fat
cheese to melt on top or try Velveeta® light cheese spread. Light salsa con
queso (with cheese) is also an alternative for a sauce topping.
Broccoli is a good vegetable to eat. It can be added to any pasta dish or
casserole, or used as a side dish with a sauce for flavor. Getting your kids to
eat broccoli is a challenge but it can be done if you use their favorite foods
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