Veggie Recipes Please

Kimberly - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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I really need to incorporate more vegetables in my daughter's diet but I've never been big on veggies. Does anyone know some quick, easy recipes that 19 month old would enjoy?

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Angel - posted on 01/15/2010

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i sneak veggies into my family's meals. the one i do a lot is pureed carrots in my pasta sauce. works like a charm and they never notice! i bought a great cookbook too. it's jessica seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious. it has some great easy recipes for sneaking lots of different veggies into meals- dinners, breakfast, etc. or you can try raw veggies dipped in ranch dressing or yogurt, too! my son never liked cucumbers, but loved pickles, so i just cut the cukes lengthwise to look like pickles and now he loves them! be creative! hope this helps! good luck! =)

Betsy - posted on 01/14/2010

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Hearty Tomato Soup



1 15oz can petite diced tomatoes

1 15oz can tomato sauce

1 c tomato or vegetable juice

1 T butter

¼ c finely chopped onion

1 small clove garlic, minced

1 t sea salt

½ t dried parsley

½ c uncooked small shell pasta

1 c milk

2 T parmesan cheese

Salt & pepper to taste



*melt butter and cook down onions in the bottom of your pan over medium heat

*reduce temp; add garlic, parsley, and salt and cook about a minute

*pour in tomato products and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 min

*add milk and pasta and cook over medium heat until pasta is tender

*stir in parmesan and any additional seasoning

Alicia - posted on 01/14/2010

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My suggestion is to take something she already likes a whole bunch and add the veggies in little bite size pieces. For instance, I get my kids to eat broccoli by chopping it up and boiling it to make it soft, then adding it to their mac'n'cheese. Just make it fun. With my 4 yr old last year, she saw this show on NickJr, I thinks its called Yogabbagabba or something like that... they had a song "There's a party in my tummy!" You just repeat it over and over, and then you pick up the veggies and say they want to join in the party, are you going to leave them to cry??" she would always talk to the veggies and say no, don't be sad, you can go too.... It sounds corny but it worked.

Gina - posted on 01/13/2010

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My daughter and my 14 month old nephew loveeeee my veggie rice medley. It is very easy/inexpensive too! All you do is put 1/2 bag of frozen mixed veggies (or any veggies of your choice) in a medium pan with a little butter. Cook it for about 5 minutes and them add in 1 or 2 cups of rice at equal amount of water. Cover and cook on medium until water is gone. (So basically all you do is cook the rice like you usually do but you are adding veggies to the rice) It comes out wonderful!!

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Theresa - posted on 01/30/2010

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I got my kids to eat there veggie and fruit, I would blended them.I would make a game out of it so it would be fun for them.Also when they drank it I could get more veggies and fruit down them,

Kristie - posted on 01/18/2010

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Serve veggies with every meal. the more she sees them the more likely she'll be to eat them. She may snub them the first few times but after she sees the broccoli on her plate everyday for two weeks she might decide she likes it.
Or if all else fail,HIDE IT. puree cooked carrots and add it to tomato sauce, make your own pizza and use that sauce. I love broccoli slaw. i hide it under the cheese on pizza. I also puree it and add to ground beef to make burgers.
But like Lisa said, lead by example. Good luck.

Alison - posted on 01/18/2010

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Spinach bites



Thaw and drain about 1 cup frozen spinach

Add one beaten egg (enough egg to hold the spinach together)

Spoon little pancakes into a frying pan with cooking spray or olive oil



My 20-month-old LOVES these - she can eat them with her hands.

Her big sister won't touch them.

Beverly - posted on 01/17/2010

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If she like any kind of pasta, (mac n cheese or spaghetti) you can add a veggie in my spaghetti sauce instead of meat I just use vegetables such as squash, zuccinni, peppers, and in mac n cheese I add broccoli or caliuflower my kids thinks it is the best thing in the world

Alaina - posted on 01/16/2010

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There is a cook book called "Deceptively Delicious." I got it to cook healthy meals for my ex-boyfriend who hated veggies. He had no idea! It was great! And don't forget, you are an example. So, find some veggies you enjoy. Baby carrots are quick and easy. No prep to them. Get a thing of celery, cut it up into sticks and store in the fridge. Ants on a log are great!!! Peanut butter on the celery with raisins on top. Great combination of textures and flavors. I don't know how well a 19 month old can eat that though. But seeing mommy eat it would be a great example! Hang in there!!! You can overcome the veggie monster!

Sandy - posted on 01/16/2010

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you could try a Turkey burger.. it's ground turkey and any and all veggies that you can grate into the mix.. I have put carrots, onions, green peppers, finely chopped green beans, anything you want. Then mix all together and grill it. I have a George Foreman grill. I make this atleast 1 time a week and my husband, kids, grandkids like this..

Also, if you make spaghetti, you can puree any vegetable (or fruit) and put it into the sauce.. they will never know.

Otherwise if you want them to eat "fresh" veggies then yes you need to let them have something to dip it into..

Desirée - posted on 01/16/2010

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If she likes chili or Frito pies, I have a vegetarian chili recipe that I love, and all the meat-eaters I've made it for love it too. You'll probably want to tone down the spices because it's a little hot, especially for a young child.


Ingredients:

* 1 large onion, finely diced
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 3 tbsp olive oil
* 1 15 oz can of black beans
* 1 15 oz can of dark red kidney beans
* 4 oz fresh button mushrooms, finely chopped
* 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
* 1 small can of tomato paste
* 2 tsp cumin
* 1 tsp cayenne pepper
* 2 tsp chili powder
* salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:
Sautee onions and garlic in oil until onions turn clear, about 5 minutes.

Combine onions, garlic, tomato sauce, tomato paste, mushrooms, kidney beans, and black beans in a medium sized pot over medium-low heat. Add spices and stir to combine well.

Cover and allow to simmer at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Alternately: Combine ingredients in a medium slow cooker and cook at least 1 hour on high or 3 hours on low, stirring occasionally.

Corrah - posted on 01/15/2010

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You could try steaming broccoli or cauliflower and melting cheddar cheese on top. Or, Sauted asparagus, my favorite.

I saute a few pieces of asparagus in butter, garlic and lemon just for about 5 min. It leaves the asparagus cooked but still crunchy. And it's easy for dipping once it's cooled. Ranch dressing would probably be best for dipping.

Lisa - posted on 01/15/2010

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i always think, lead by example. if your children see you eating(and enjoying!) veggies then they will too. My girls, aged 4 and 2, both love corn on the cob. i suppose i'm very lucky in that they both love to eat good stuff and this morning i caught them sneaking into the fridge to help themselves to red peppers...they eat them like apples! i find as well that when we go shopping, if i let them choose the veg then they are more likely to eat it.

Katharine - posted on 01/15/2010

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my mom bought me a book on how to puree food for your baby. There were a ton of recipes that included veggies, fruits, different meats and fishes. I can't wait to start using it!

Amber Lyn - posted on 01/14/2010

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That sounds yummy! I'm going to make that for my family, tomatoe soup is their fave.

Alison - posted on 01/14/2010

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My girls also LOVE a little broccoli with their mac' n' cheese.

I serve them a lot of frozen peas, either added to a dish or on the side, or all alone!

Cooked carrots are also popular with a little bit or olive oil salt & pepper.

Or cut carrots like french fries, toss with lemon juice, olive oil, s&p, thinly sliced onion, fresh parsley. Cover and bake for about 45 min. (or wrap in aluminum foil to cook on the bbq) or until tender. Of course, don't expect the little ones to eat the onions.

Betsy - posted on 01/14/2010

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Couscous Salad



2 c Israeli (pearl) couscous

1 c veggie or chicken stock

1 c veggie juice (V8)

½ c water

1 T olive oil

1 medium slicing tomato, diced

1 cucumber, peeled, quartered, sliced

1 ½ t salt

Dash pepper

1 T seasoned rice vinegar



*bring stock, juice and water to a boil

*stir in olive oil and couscous, cover, reduce heat to low & simmer for 10 min

*remove from heat, pour into bowl to cool

*add remaining ingredients and mix well

Betsy - posted on 01/14/2010

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Glazed Carrots



1 lb bag peeled baby carrots (or equivalent)

2 T butter

1/3 c brown sugar

1 T finely chopped nuts

1 T maple syrup

½ t each ground cinnamon, nutmeg, & ginger



*preheat oven to 350

*line small baking dish with foil

*melt butter in pan

*toss together rest of ingredients in pan

*bake 30-45 min depending on how tender you want your carrots

Betsy - posted on 01/14/2010

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Broccoli Salad



Dressing:

½ c mayo

1 T (scant) sugar

½ t salt

Pinch of pepper

2-3 T vinegar (rice or cider taste best)



Salad:

4 c broccoli

1/3 c bacon (cooked and crumbled)

¼ c chopped nuts

1/3 c raisins



*whisk dressing ingredients together

*toss together and chill well before serving

Betsy - posted on 01/14/2010

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i wrote a cookbook this year. here are some of my faves:

Creamy Vegetable Soup



¼ c butter

4 medium potatoes in ½ inch cubes

1 stalk celery & 3 carrots in ¼ inch slices

2 green onions thinly sliced

¼ white onion chopped

3 sprigs flat leaf parsley, leaves finely chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

3-4 T flour

1 qt ½ & ½

2 c milk

Salt & pepper to taste



*Melt butter in soup pot and sprinkle well with salt & pepper

*add potatoes & sauté 5 min

*add rest of veggies and sauté another 5 min

*mix in parsley, garlic, and flour

*pour in liquids and add salt & pepper as needed

*simmer lightly over med-low heat, stirring occasionally, until veggies are tender

Rose - posted on 01/13/2010

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my kids are big now but my kids loved little smokies small sausages put in with some potaoes and cook them

Rose - posted on 01/13/2010

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i dont know if your daughter would like this but it's called broccoli cauliflower salad you take and get 1 head of broccoli and 1head of cauliflower and dice one onion and then you fry 1 or 11/2 pounds of bacon and then you get a pack of hidden valley ranch party dip and a 16oz cup of sourcream cut veggies in small peices . add bacon peices and mix sour cream and dip put all the veggies in a big bowl and cover with party dip

Dawn - posted on 01/12/2010

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boil potatoes add red cabbage and cooked ground beef. mix all together.
You can also do this with beets.
(We call them soiderman potatoes for my son and when my daughter was younger, they were called barbi potatoes.)
cook bratwurst. boil potatoes and add cooked spinich

Veronica - posted on 01/12/2010

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Kimberly, HI :)
My son looooved Tator tot hot dish (still does and he's 2)
have you ever had it?

Kirstin - posted on 01/12/2010

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i got my 13 month old to eat all of her veggies. we first started off letting her dip them in yogurt. (cherry tomatoes, steamed broccoli, celery) and now she eats them all. you can also make a game of it. and if all else fails. Google, they have the answer for everything lol.

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