10 Simple Veggie Side Dishes for Picky Eaters
Is it you or any of your family members who find it hard to chew their veggies? Fret no more, as these surprisingly simple and easy-to-do vegetable side dishes will have picky eaters munch vegetables in no time.
For these recipes, you do not need to spend much and exhaust your credit limit. Remember that not all veggies are grown the same way, and the same goes with how they can stay fresh longer. So, know your veggies. Also, have fun! If you have kids who hate vegetables, try to involve them in the process. For sure, they will enjoy the prepping time, and they will get to know veggies, that way, eating it will be easier for them. Lastly, make it quick. Have you ever heard of meal-prepping? The same goes here. Aside from saving you time, you can always have it on the go whenever you need to — no need for drive-thru or such.
Without further ado, here are the ten simple veggie side dishes that you can try at home for your picky eater family members.
1.Carrots with Dried Cherries
Introducing vegetables to picky eaters shouldn’t be abrupt. So, let us start with carrots. This side dish, carrots with dried cherries, is so simple that it can be done in less than five minutes. Just sauté the carrots on butter until it gets tender. Then drizzle it with honey and add in dried cherries or dried cranberries for an extra fruity kick. That’s it! You do need to apply for an online class just to learn to do this.
2.Old-Fashioned Potato Cakes
An old-fashion trick for making picky eaters eat vegetables is by concealing the vegetables. So, instead of letting them see the actual vegetable, why don’t we turn it into something that doesn’t look like a vegetable. For this entry, we have the old-fashioned potato cakes. Follow the recipe for mashed potato, then make several potato balls of the same sizes and flatten them. Ready your pan, fry the potato mixture and serve it while it is hot. Moreover, it also goes perfectly well with a sour cream dip.
3.Cheesy Kale Chips
Who does not love chips? While we know the unhealthy side effects of it, the crunchiness and the flavors are so addictive that we cannot get enough of it. So, why don’t we make veggie chips made of kale instead? Aside from its health benefits that will prevent you from using your health insurance, you will also be snacking on some tasty food. Just toss your kales coated with olive oil, salt, and cheese powder into the oven for a few minutes until it gets crispy, and that’s it! You can even top it on soup!
4.Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas and Green Beans
Another trick for picky eaters is to distract them with the taste. In sautéed sugar snap peas and green beans, the taste of green beans will be overpowered by the sweet taste of sugar snap peas as well as the butter. Just sauté the veggies with butter add some sugar or honey for additional sweetness.
5.Grilled Spicy Sweet Potato Chips
Aside from boiled and fried sweet potatoes, here is another way you can make sweet potatoes interesting to eat. Slice the sweet potatoes thinly. In a bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, your desired spices (pepper, cumin, paprika, depends on how spicy you want it to be). Grill the sweet potatoes then flip it to make sure that it does not burn. When done, put it in a bowl and sprinkle it with some salt, and it is ready to serve. It saves you bucks, saves your health.
6.Fried Asparagus Stick
Kids love anything fried. So, to make them eat asparagus, why don’t we make fried asparagus sticks? Just prepare your batter, coat the asparagus, and deep fry them. For dips, you can opt for ranch or cheesy garlic dip depends on your taste. Anyway, you can just swipe a dip from the nearest grocery store.
If you are planning to prepare an Asian meal for tonight, then you might want to loan some time and learn this super refreshing cucumber sunomono. All you need are cucumber, rice vinegar, sugar, salt, and minced ginger root to taste. Slice the cucumber thinly and mix in vinegar, sugar, salt, and minced root in a bowl. Stir and mix in the sliced cucumber, then chill it in the fridge and serve it cold.
8.Grilled Garlic Parmesan Zucchini
Cheese is a magical ingredient that can turn any food fun to eat. So, for zucchinis, which seems to be too scary for some to munch, let us make it a grilled garlic parmesan zucchini. So, fire up your grill and ready the ingredients. Slice your zucchini lengthwise, then grab some butter, minced garlic, and chopped parsley. Spread the butter mixture on one side of the zucchini and top it with parmesan cheese. On a preheated grill, line up the zucchinis and wait until the cheese melt. Once done, serve it with a dip or leave it as is. It is delicious on its own, anyway.
9.Sweet Grilled Corn
Going on a picnic? Why not try this easy sweet grilled corn and get your fam stuffed while enjoying the sun? Just make sure to turn on your home security system, so you won’t worry about your home safety. Fire up your grill and ready the following: foil, melted butter, parmesan, herbs, minced garlic, macadamia nut oil, salt and pepper to taste, and of course corn on the cob. In a bowl, mix in the melted butter, macadamia nut oil, herbs, minced garlic, pepper and salt, and parmesan cheese. Spread the butter mixture on the cob then wrap it with aluminum foil. Grill them over medium heat for about 20 to 30 minutes until the corn is tender. Lastly, serve it while it is warm.
Cauliflowers are among the healthiest vegetable out there, but it is often taken for granted. So, to give cauliflower its moment of glory, let’s make a loaded cauliflower. This is an easy recipe. Remember the loaded baked potato? It is just the same except replacing the potatoes with cauliflower. Anyway, it is so easy to make, it might become a staple on your table.