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Teaching kids to eat vegetables: make fun meals

In my quest to figure out how to get my kids to eat vegetables, I determined that there are basically two steps:

-          To get them to try a new vegetable

-          To keep serving it often so they develop a liking for it. 

Have I been successful? To some extent. Both parts are not easy. We have to get creative with food to get the little ones interested. These funny creations are not magic tricks; it is still a challenge to get a two-year-old and a four-year-old to try some vegetables.

Same strategy works for fruit. I promise to have more vegetables in the second post featuring fun food creations.

This is a plum and a kiwi flower with organic organic HappyBaby Puffs in the center of the petals.

This is a buckwheat house with some goulash on top. I like making roasted buckwheat as a side dish. Did you know buckwheat is actually a fruit? And it is quite healthy.

This is a watermelon Pizza made with bananas and blueberries.

This is a cottage cheese smiley face with a broccoli nose.
I made it at a Sweet Tomato restaurant.

This is two caterpillars made with melon ballers. Faces are yogurt and eyes are peas.

This is a Hawaiian Hula Dancer. It certainly does not look quite attractive but kids love her anyway.

This is some kind of unknown creature made from a sweet potato.

Stay tuned for part 2 of funny meals.

Other posts from this series:

Teaching kids to eat vegetables: make veggie drinks

Teaching kids to eat vegetables: involve book characters

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19 Responses to Teaching kids to eat vegetables: make fun meals

  1. 1
    Aleks says:

    See, this is the fun stuff I am missing out on because I have a veggie lover. I just plop mine on the plate :)
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      Marina says:

      ok, you seriously cannot be complaining about that.

      You can throw it on the plate while I need to be coming up with carrot heads or cottage cheese faces, which are very likely to end up on the floor regardless of their beauty :)

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        Aleks says:

        This week I had Lily help me chop veggies for tacos – I tacked the onions and she cut up zucchini and mushrooms. The dang kid ate most of the mushrooms raw before I could cook them! Even Adam turns his nose up at raw mushrooms. I love her :) And I am so lucky! I guess she gets it from me, last night I ate almost a whole cauliflower by myself. Mmm, cauliflower!
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    Lisa Brown says:

    Ok – too cute! I’m certainly gonna have to give some of these a try with my 2-year-old :)
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    These are awesome!! Great ideas!

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    Stephanie says:

    I make “faces” out of my kids’ food quite regularly as well…might as well make mealtime fun. :)

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      Marina says:

      I agree, it is fun to play with your food when it comes to feeding preschoolers.

      I am working on my next edition of fun meals, which will feature cucumber ships, broccoli forests, pisa tower, and a carrot head :)

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    Shreya says:

    This is such a cute and brilliant idea. I wish my momma has made me eat vegetables like that. I wouldn’t have been such a fussy eater now! :(

    But at least my kids would be lucky to have it this way. Many thanks to you! :)

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    Mark says:

    Those are cute! I know kids would definitely munch on those cuties. I guess I have to be creative in preparing their foods.

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