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Hi MoM, I’m having a really hard time getting my 4 and 2 year olds to eat any vegies. I’ve offered them raw and cooked but they flatly refuse. They love fruit but vegies have me stumped. Can you please ask the other mums for some advice for me? How do you get kids to eat vegies?

Emailed by Danielle 6.12.2012


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  • I hope you were able to get your children to eat (and enjoy) vegetables.


  • Really interesting reading the comments on this!


  • Hide them! Grate them up and add them to fritters, spaghetti bolognese, lasagne (there’s actually a great vegetarian lasagne) Cut them into funny shapes and maybe get them to help prepare them


  • I feel your pain! it is so frustrating trying to get kids to eat their veggies! I grate and hide them in dishes as much as possible and I am always trying new way to serve them; grated/raw, soups, purees, in wraps, salads, baked….not many are successful but I keep trying, hoping for a miracle!


  • cook all veggies and then mash them and make into patties with egg to hold together.
    or cut into shapes with fancy pastry cutters (like stars, gingerbread men shape etc) shallow fry and serve with
    lettuce, pineapple and tomatoes.


  • i used to blend up veggies and make a gravy with them , i know its cheating but when you just cant get them to eat any .at least you know they are getting some


  • I use them in alot o my cooking. Hiding it in quiches, mini quiches, pizzas, spag bol and heaps of other stuff. Just finly chop them and most of the time they wont even know its in there


  • there are some good comments here


  • Hide them in muffins, sauces, pies, rice, mash, spag bog, and keep trying. It isn’t easy I know. At least they eat fruit. So you are halfway there.


  • Mash the vegetables and make them more tasty!!!


  • grate then up and hide them in the food you make


  • Celery with Peanut Butter…
    Try introducing them to new veggies without telling them they are veggies….say they are fruits


  • Mother say’s never play with you food… but I had mine shop for their veggies and then we cut them up
    in many shapes and dipped them in sauces. We cooked them in hot water, in the oven and on the BBQ.
    Have the kids more involved in the shopping and cooking process. It becomes part of a healthy lifestyle.
    Let them make some choices. Placing food in the middle of the table is a treat or novelty and kids like to
    help themselves.


  • I found if we have family and friends over and have a dip with cut up carrots, celery etc with an avocado dip the kids love it. If I give it to them when it’s just us at home – not so much though!


  • there are some really great ideas in MoM Recipes section – love the cauliflower fritters and there are also things like broccoli slaw which might be good too.


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