I wrote a post a long time ago called There Must Be 50 Ways to Eat Your Veggies' and I'd like to revisit it. Expand it. Make it more in depth and usable. So for the next couple weeks I will be posting about it. Not everyday but as I work to get my kids back in the kitchen and back into eating more vegetables after our long hiatus from actual kitchen usage I'll write about it.
My kids eat vegetables, it almost a non-issue here in our house, the only real problem we have is the claiming that so and so "ATE MORE BROCCOLI than I did." I am not bragging I swear this is just life in our house, we have other problems believe me. But after 4 months of crock pot living, being extremely busy and occasionally without a functioning kitchen we're all out of the habit of enjoying vegetables with every meal.
One of my favorite ways to get kids into eating vegetables is to get them in the kitchen to start with. I invite them in, I give them the chance to work with me or beside me and I don't hover. I don't necessarily turn them lose with a giant knife either. I try to advise and step back. I give them options. I ask their opinions. We talk and connect. We work side by side. Take yesterday in our kitchen with my 8 year old son and a butternut squash. Should we cut the squash this way or that way, should we toast the seeds? Salt and pepper? Butter or oil? How long do you think we should cook it?
Now if you have little guys, well the scenario is a little different. They'll probably need help scooping seeds, they may want to taste it raw, they'll love rubbing it with oil or butter and salting and peppering it. And they will absolutely want to check on it in the oven, probably too many times. And once it's done they'll be so proud of what they've made they'll need to share it with everyone. Anticipation is a great appetizer.
No matter their age kids will love serving up their dish to the rest of the family and most likely eating it themselves. Their is pride in production and it fuels their hunger while simultaneously stomping out any negative feelings they have about whatever vegetable they've been working with. Start them young and you'll have a kid who eats vegetables with relish and if you're late to the game don't worry you can invite a kid into the kitchen at any age, it's never too late.