Posted: Mar 29, 2012 10:34 PM
 
Do you dread mealtime thanks to the accompanying meltdowns when your children see -- gasp! -- vegetables on their plates? Getting kids to eat their greens (and other colors, too!) doesn't have to be an ongoing struggle. Check out these easy vegetable recipes that are kid-tested, kid-approved.

Cauliflower au gratin

This cheesy casserole with crunchy topping will have your children begging for more

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 teaspoon garlic or onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon light sour cream
  • 1/4-1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar
  • 1/2 cup whole grain bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

  2. Cut up cauliflower and boil until fork tender. 

  3. Drain and let cool, then blend together in a food processor with garlic/onion powder, sour cream and milk. 

  4. Fold in cheese, then transfer to a baking dish prepared with cooking spray. 

  5. Top with bread crumbs and bake about 20-30 minutes.

Corn-fetti

This corn dish literally looks like party confetti! It's tough for a kid to pass up. The best part is that it's so easy you can switch out ingredients if your child has other favorites.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole grain orzo, cooked according to directions on the package and cooled completely
  • 1 cups cut corn (frozen, fresh or canned)
  • 1 can pinto beans (or other favorite bean), drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion, tomato, avocado, bell pepper and/or other favorites
  • Lime juice to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Toss all ingredients in a large serving bowl.
  2. Squeeze a little lime juice over top and a dash of salt and pepper.

Crispy zuke fries

Imagine replacing ordinary French fries with these tasty treats! A mom can dream, can't she? Well, I don't have to with these babies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1-1/2 cups panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg white

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

  2. Peel zucchini and cut into fries.
  3. Set aside. 

  4. Mix panko crumbs and Parmesan into a coating tray or shallow dish.
  5. Whisk egg white until frothy, then gently mix zucchini fries in it.

  6. Dredge zucchini into panko-crumb Parmesan mixture, pressing firmly to coat.

  7. Arrange on a baking sheet prepared with cooking spray.
  8. 
Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Sprinkle additional Parmesan over top before serving.

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