My Kids WILL Eat Fruits and Vegetables!
Complied by
Pamm Clark

Yes, I have to hide fruits and vegetables in our meals. I wished I liked vegetables more, but I don't and I'm sure that's why the kids don't enjoy them that much either.

Here are some ideas I've collected to get the kids to eat their fruits and vegetables. Sometimes they don't even know they are eating them.

Fruit Vegetables

Furit

Frush Fruit Dip

Mix 2 spoonfuls brown sugar with 8 ounces of sour cream. Use as a dip for fresh watermelon, strawberries, bananas, pineapple, apples, pears, etc.


Spaghetti Skewer

A fun way to get kids to eat fruit or some veggies is to cut chunks or slices and let the kids put them on an uncooked strand of spaghetti. Add Cheerios and marshmallows for more fun.


Whole Grain Banana Muffins

      1 cup white flour
      1 cup whole wheat flour
      1/3 cup wheat germ
      a pinch of salt
      3 teaspoons baking powder
      2 tablespoons flax seed
      1 egg
      1/2 cup ripe banana, mashed
      1/4 cup apple juice concentrate, thawed
      1 cup milk
      3 teaspoons melted butter
      1/4 cup dried fruit (raisins, chopped apricots, etc.)--optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine flours, wheat germ, salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg, juice concentrate, milk, butter, flax seed, and banana. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in fruit, being careful not to over mix. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray. Fill each cup 2/3 full and bake for 15 minutes. Can spread with peanut butter or cream cheese.


Alphabetter Muffins

A is for apples, B is for bananas, C is for chocolate chips . . .

      1 3/4 cup flour
      2 teaspoons baking powder
      1/2 teaspoons baking soda
      1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 ripe bananas)
      1/2 cup brown sugar
      1/3 cup oil
      1 egg
      1 apple peeled and chopped
      1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray or line with paper liners. Pour batter 2/3 full into muffin cups. Bake about 20 to 25 minutes until browned. Makes 12.


Applesauce Brownies

      4 ounces baking chocolate
      1/2 cup applesauce
      2 eggs
      2 cups sugar
      1/3 cup oil
      1 teaspoon vanilla
      1 cup flour

In small saucepan, melt chocolate over low heat. Let cool about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine chocolate, applesauce, eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla. Mix well. Gently mix four into chocolate mixture until well blended. Pour batter into greased 9"x13" pan. Bake 25 minutes.

Fruit Pizza

Place one tube crescent rolls on a cookie sheet so that it is covered and bake per instructions on package. Mix cream cheese and marshmallow cream and spread on cooled crescent rolls. Cover with cut-up fruit.


Deep Dish Apple Crisp

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9"x9" pan with no-stick spray. Spread 8 to 10 cups sliced apples in pan and sprinkle with 1/2 cup apple juice. In a medium size bowl, combine:

      3/4 cup flour
      3/4 cup brown sugar
      1 teaspoon cinnamon
      1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
      1/4 teaspoon salt

Pour flour mixture into 4 tablespoons melted margarine. Mix with fork. Spread evenly over the apples. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until the crust is brown and apples tender.



Vegetables

Bacon Ranch Green Beans

      1 package (16 oz) frozen green beans
      2 tbsp butter or margarine
      1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
      4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled or bacon bits

In a skillet, saute the green beans in butter. Add the salad dressing mix and toss to coat. Just before serving, sprinkle in the bacon and mix.

Broccoli and Orange Salad

Stir together 3/4 cup mayo., 1/4 cup sugar, and 2 tablespoons white vinegar. Add 1-16 ounce package broccoli florets; toss well. Cover and chill thoroughly. Top with 1-11 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained.


Dippin' Veggies

Kids tend to eat raw vegetables better if they have something to dip them in. I usually use Ranch dressing to dip celery sticks, carrot sticks or baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.


Oven Roasted Carrots

      8 medium carrots, peeled or scrubbed
      butter-flavored cooking spray

Place carrots in an 8-inch square baking dish. Coat carrots with cooking spray. Baked uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes or until fork-tender. Makes four portions.

Sesame Broccoli

      1-16 ounce bag frozen broccoli cuts
      1 tablespoon sesame seeds
      Dash soy sauce

Cook broccoli according to package directions. Toss with sesame seeds and soy sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

      6 sweet potatoes, cut into French fries
      2 tablespoons canola oil
      3 tablespoons taco seasoning mix

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Coat sweet potatoes with canola oil and taco seasoning. Spread the fries out in a single layer on baking sheets. Bake for 30 minutes, or until crispy and brown on one side. Turn the fries over using a spatula, and cook for another 30 minutes, or until they are all crispy on the outside. Thinner fries may not take as long.

Sweet Potatoes and Apples

      5 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
      3 appples, peeled, cored and sliced
      1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
      1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
      1/4 cup maple syrup
      2 tablespoons butter, melted

Slice the sweet potatoes into 1-inch slices. Lay them in the slow cooker, then layer the apple slices over them. In a small bowl, combine the spices, syrup, and butter. Drizzle over the apples and potatoes. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

Italian Green Beans

      1/4 cup butter
      1/4 cup Italian dressing
      1 pound fresh green beans, rinsed and trimmed

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in Italian dressing and green beans. Cover and cook for 25 minutes, stirring often.

Uncover and cook until beans reach desired tenderness.


Roasted Veggies

Mist sliced veggies with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian herbs. Toss to coat. Roast at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Turn once during cooking.


Crispy Snow Peas

Heat sesame oil in a pan. Add 1 pound snow peas (steams removed), one 8 ounce can sliced water chestnuts, 1/2 teaspoon ginger and one tablespoon soy sauce. Fry until heated through.


Spaghetti Squash

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice one spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Bake cut-side down until tender when pierced with a fork or about 50-60 minutes. Use fork to full the "spaghetti" strands out of the squash. Use as pasta (although they do taste like squash).


Zucchini Bread

      1 3/4 cup flour
      3/4 cup sugar
      2 eggs, beaten
      1/2 cup oil
      1 teaspoon cinnamon
      1/2 teaspoon vanilla
      1/2 teaspoon baking soda
      1/8 teaspoon baking powder
      1 cup coarsely grated zucchini
      1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well. Pour batter into loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake one hour or until browned.


Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies

      1/2 cup margarine, softened
      1 cup sugar
      1 egg
      2 cups flour
      1 teaspoon baking soda
      1 teaspoon cinnamon
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      1 medium zucchini, grated
      1 cup chocolate ships
      cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, cream margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well. Add zucchini and chocolate chips. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Drop cookie mixture by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or unil browned.


Spaghetti Sauce

From my friend, Barbara . . .
I cut up carrots, zucchini, green peppers, onions, and add beef or turkey, a can of tomatoes spiced and diced, and two cans of cheap can sauce like four cheese, add pasta and serve.


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