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  1. Mom24
    Mar 29 - 12:13 pm

    This is probably going to sound obnoxious, but I promise I do not mean it that way. Learn to cook them right. My mom always prepared over-cooked, mushy veggies. No one really wants to eat that.

    My kids love properly sauteed Brussels sprouts, sauteed just until carmalized, with some kosher salt. Grilled asparagus, with a tiny bit of olive oil and kosher salt is a favorite. Szechwan green beans they love. Sauteed green beans with garlic and salt. Broccolini sauteed with garlic is something they literally fight over. My hubby and I love roasted carrots, unfortunately my youngest two still only like them raw. They love salads, especially caesar. Steamed broccoli with lemon or ranch dressing, but cooked just until done, not mush. Pan sauteed yellow squash and zucchini. Grilled veggies of all kinds.

    I do not believe in hiding vegetables or tricking kids. Doesn’t that just set up the idea that veggies are something to be not liked? Respect the veggie, respect the kids, offer them up but don’t make a big deal about it, and make sure they truly are yummy and, I believe, kids will naturally learn to enjoy them.

    • Susan
      Mar 29 - 4:06 pm

      It’s very true that how the veggies are prepared makes a huge difference. It sounds like you are a fabulous cook… can we come over for dinner? LOL

    • Jennifer
      Mar 29 - 4:40 pm

      Mom 24 — it doesn’t sound bad at all! My kids always ate veggies fairly well at home, but they won’t touch them at school where they are overcooked and underseasoned. Fortunately, they serve a lot more raw veggies at school now, and Kyle will pick those up.

      Like yours, my kids eat a lot of veggies raw — carrots, bell peppers, snap peas. If I’m making a stir fry, I do put some on their plates, but I also leave some raw, because I know they’ll eat those.

  2. Kate
    Mar 29 - 1:13 pm

    My kids love them some ranch! Our 3 toddlers just the other day ate a 1-lb bag of baby carrots with ranch…before dinner. I considered stopping them…but it’s carrots! Hello :)

  3. Janice
    Mar 29 - 1:55 pm

    I can’t even begin to imagine the tons of Ranch dressing we go through in our house! It is the magic that makes the veggies go down! :)
    My kids LOVE to dip their raw veggies and I usually serve them a plate of raw veggies with Ranch dressing before their main course.

    • Erica
      Mar 29 - 3:10 pm

      What a great idea for them to snack on raw veggies with ranch before the main course. I need to try this with my kids.

      • Jennifer
        Mar 29 - 4:42 pm

        Erica and Janice — I don’t even make my kids wait until an “appetizer” to the main course. Kyle (6) comes into the kitchen while I’m prepping and grabs all my raw veggies — carrots, peppers, even onions! I used to sort of stop him, but if he’s hungry, and it’s veggies, I’m okay with that.

  4. Erica
    Mar 29 - 3:06 pm

    Funny story….I never ate ranch dressing as a kid. My parents only ever used Italian and they told me that they hated ranch. So I never tried it. When I was 17, I was working at a day care center over the summer in the 3-year-old classroom. One day they were given carrots and ranch for snack. I was hungry and made myself a plate and decided, although scared, to try them dipped in ranch. I could not believe how delicious it was and how neglected I had been for the past 17 years. So yes, my kids and I LOVE Ranch. I still think my parents refuse to eat it though. They don’t know what they’re missing.

    • Jennifer
      Mar 29 - 4:43 pm

      Ha! My husband is a Ranch-hater as well. He doesn’t like any sort of dip (sour creamy type stuff). But the kids and I like it.

      We also like hummus, which has the added bonus of some protein.

  5. Susan
    Mar 29 - 4:07 pm

    So far my girls ages 3 and 5 haven’t really taken to ranch dressing. Janice’s kids love it, but mine only sometimes will go for it.

    • Jennifer
      Mar 29 - 4:44 pm

      As I just mentioned to Erica, hummus is another thing we like, although it has even a stronger flavor than Ranch. It’s a pretty strong flavor, so I can understand some little ones not liking it.

      There are some sweeter dressings, like a Creamy French, that might work to make them enjoy dipping veggies more.

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