Picky Eater? No Problem. 8 Ways to Disguise Veggies

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My kids used to love most anything I fed them–even veggies. Especially veggies. But lately, I've noticed a change. An annoying one. When my kids' friends say “What is that?” and I say “Cauliflower … or an artichoke  … or a bell pepper … or blueberries  … or blackberries … or a cucumber …” and then they respond with something like, “Eeww, I don't like that …” Then suddenly something that my kids have been eating since they were toddlers becomes completely foreign, and they develop an intense dislike for it. Drives me nuts that they're getting so picky, but thanks to EverydayFamily, I've got some tricks up my sleeve. And just in case you've got a similar issue on your hands, I'm going to share a few articles and recipes that have helped me. Check out 5 Ways to Sneak Veggies into Kids' Food and Get Cooking! Exploring Food with Children and the following slides for some sneaky recipes your kids will love.

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Fancy Stuffed Strawberries. Registered dietitian Kim Shapira says that it's fine to have small portions of something sweet like marshmallow cereal or, better yet, these stuffed strawberries.

Blueberry Applesauce Muffins. Most kids are likely to eat anything shaped like a cupcake, which is why I love these for my blueberry hater.

Carrot Apple Muffins. This is one is a great way to disguise a fruit and veggie combination.

Fruit and Yogurt Popsicle. It is hot outside, so anything cold and sweet is the only thing my kids feel like eating. I like these because I can hide a lot of different things in these–kale, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, squash–they'll never know.

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Healthy “Spaghetti” and Spinach Meatballs. What kid doesn't love noodles? This is a fun spin on traditional noodles.

Lemon Zucchini Loaf. Alison puts a lovely little spin on zucchini bread, and it tastes so good–it tastes like cake.

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BLT Tomato Bites. The classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich has been recreated into a fun, bite-sized snack that is perfect for little fingers.

Eggplant Parmesan Bites. There is just something about a little bit of crunch, even on eggplant, that makes everything taste delicious. Serve these to your little ones, and let them put extra toppings on them. They're like little pizzas.

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Picky Eater? No Problem. 8 Ways to Disguise Veggies

Melanie Denney lives in the smallest of towns, with her two little darlings. She has a Bachelor's degree and happily works as a full-time mother and a freelance writer, specializing in sociology and recreation leadership. ... More

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