The Love Your Veggies campaign, sponsored by salad-dressing manufacturer Hidden Valley, offers many resources for parents and teachers who want to help kids increase their vegetable consumption.
Several free downloads are available, including a “Vegetables and You” activity kit, word-search puzzle, “Around the World” educational game, “Veggies in the Home” growing guide and vegetable-identification “Name Game.”
You’ll also find recipes for dishes like Moroccan Chicken With Roasted Vegetable Couscous, Naan (Indian Flatbread) With Vegetable Salad Topping and Ranched-Up Hummus Dip.
“When I develop recipes for kids, I try to include specific textures, flavor profiles and food shapes I think kids gravitate toward,” says Chicago-based registered dietitian Jodie Shield, who specializes in child nutrition.
“First, I always consider the child’s age,” she explains. “Based on research (scientific and anecdotal), younger kids tend to like ingredients that are not all mixed together and that are somewhat familiar to them, as opposed to older kids, who like ‘concoctions’ and tend to be more willing to try new foods. For example, a 5-year-old might enjoy making a turkey taco recipe, which includes ingredients of their choice, while a 12-year-old would be more willing to make a taco casserole or taco salad.”
Here are some simple kid-friendly recipes from our Organic Blog:
- Peanut Butter and Strawberry Sandwich With Honey
- Cheeky Cheese Turkey Pockets
- String Cheese “Slaw”
- Hummus and Tomato Salsa
- Orange-Parsley Hummus
- Sweet Potato Pie Smoothies
- Sweet Potato Latkes
- Three-Melon Smoothie
- Granny Smith Guacamole
- Home-Style Minestrone
- Egg and Vegetable Salad Sandwich
- Spicy Nutmeg Carrots
- Candied Butternut Squash
As always, we recommend using organic ingredients, when available, in all recipes to maximize flavor, while minimizing your risk of exposure to pesticides, chemicals and preservatives.