How to get your family to eat more vegetables!
Vegetables can be expensive, especially the ones I buy – organic, fair trade wherever possible, but they are not as expensive as organic meat, fish or poultry. If you eat more veg and less protein it should balance itself out or even save you money, especially if you grow your own, buy vegetables in season and shop around for good deals. Apart from the supermarkets there are various fruit and veg schemes or local farmer markets you could peruse and you could even pick your own in the summer.
- Soup – this is nice and filling and you don’t have to tell the fussy eaters which vegetables you used!
- Pureed veg – use this a sauce or an ingredient in a sauce for rice or pasta and nobody even needs to know about it.
- Vegetable stock and even vegetable juice can be used to cook rice and pasta and can boost the veg content of sauces.
- Crudites/ staples – there are some vegetables such as carrots, cucumber and peas that they will all eat happily, so we have them pretty much every day. Make funny faces with them and make them smile if nothing else!
- Grate, shred or finely chop veg. You can then mix it in with omlettes, dips (e.g. hummous), sauces (e.g. tomato sauce), pies, stews and stir frys or wherever you can get away with it.
- Mash – if your family are mash fans then you might be able to get away with combining mashed potatoes with mashed vegetables – they will never know (apart from the funny colour). Sadly my family don’t seem to be that interested in mash.
- Try new ways of cooking vegetables – I used to buy fruit and veg boxes from Abel and Cole and they have lots of fantastic recipes for fruit and veg on their website (I stopped getting the boxes when I got pregnant as although I used to love not knowing what I was going to get each week, when I got pregnant I got very fussy).
- For some sweeter options you could make a healthy version of carrot cake, disguise vegetables in smoothies like in this blueberry lettuce smoothie recipe or incorporate veggies in muffins, such as these strawberry courgette muffins
How do you get your family to eat more vegetables? I’d love to hear any tips or comments you have.