We eat a lot of vegetables in our house. Raw, grilled, steamed, chopped, pan-fried, over the open fire, you name it, we eat it that way.
I thought I would share some tips we have learned along the way as well as how we (ok it’s me really) sneak more veggies into our family diet.
Keeping sliced carrots and celery in our fridge in some cold water to make them last longer is a trick I do every week. I keep blue cheese and peanut butter around so they can dip them instead of just munching on them raw all the time. Works like a charm!
Chopping up all types of vegetables and storing them in baggies or small containers that are visible when opening the fridge is another way of getting the kids to snack healthy as they will grab them when hungry. I keep some ranch dressing along with the blue cheese for these types of vegetables.
Storing my own homemade salad in a bag is another easy thing for kids to grab. I have a few different dressings to choose from and also red wine vinegar as that’s the Teen Queen’s favorite to top off her salad. You would be surprised how quick a kid will eat salad if they only have to grab a handful out of a bag and put it in a bowl!
Keeping things colorful is inviting to all. In our chicken stir fry I use all different color peppers and also for when I am making a vegetable side dish for dinner. The kids call these dishes “rainbow vegetables”.
Kale chips are another great crunchy snack. You can do the same thing with brussel sprouts by peeling them and baking.
Topping veggies with sauce and cheese is a great alternative to pasta. This gets scooped right up in a matter of minutes!
Filling them with meat and rice topped with sauce…who could resist!
Loading up your crockpot meals with all different types of veggies that soften, add flavor and break down into the gravy is sneaky!! This is how I hide parsnips from the Boy!
Grilling is huge in our world. I will grill many many vegetables in the summer. Seasoned with a little olive oil, garlic powder and salt and cooked until charred and soft. Every vegetable is delicious!
And last, keeping fresh corn around and teaching the kids how to microwave their own for 4 minutes and then peel allows for a delicious, no string ear every kids loves!
I have shared recipes on this blog (you can find them under the “Categories” section) as well as on our Facebook page: ChasenChanceranch for all of these pictures. If you can’t find one, just ask!