Is it just me or do you guys get stuck in veggie ruts? I definitely do, especially with the kids. The time finally came where I couldn’t bear to put one more broccoli piece or frozen pea on their plates. Don’t get me wrong, those are great ones and some of our staples, but I really was itching to switch it up. So yesterday we all got into the kitchen together and destroyed it.
The girls (Hailey, 3 1/2 years and Kaitlyn, 13 months at the time of this experiment) played and I cooked and we had taste tests after each round. I recorded everyone’s opinions and we really had a fun time!
Here’s how it went…
5 Unique Vegetables to Try with Your Kids
We started off with a vegetable I’d had before but it had been a while.
The method: Peel, cut into fry shapes and toss in olive oil. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer, sprinkle them with kosher salt and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes, flipping halfway. When browned, pull them out and serve warm with ketchup.
Mom: Loved them!
Hailey: They’re OK.
Kaitlyn: Loved them!
The method: Wash, trim and slice into small wedges. Saute in olive oil over medium heat until slightly brown, about 12 minutes. Sprinkle with kosher salt and serve warm.
Mom: Liked them.
Hailey: Did not like them.
Kaitlyn: Loved them!
The method: Wash, trip and wrap in tin foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until tender. Peel, dice and serve.
Mom: Hated them (I try, but I just can’t with beets!)
Hailey: Hated them.
Kaitlyn: Liked them (ate her pieces but didn’t ask for more)
The method: Peel and slice thinly. Pan fry 4-5 minutes per side in oil (I used coconut). Remove and set aside to drain. While hot, sprinkle with Kosher salt.
*Tips: Use a quality mandolin to make turning vegetables into chips easier and tastier!*
Mom: LOVED them. Really, loved them and will definitely make again.
Hailey: Liked them.
Kaitlyn: Too tough for her 6 teeth to handle, but Koda enjoyed her pieces.
Mom: Loved them.
Hailey: LOVED them! Like, ate the entire bag herself and asked for more.
Kaitlyn: Liked them OK, but were crumbly.
Overall our time in the kitchen was fun and the girls liked playing the sample game. It felt good to stretch my boundaries and try out some new vegetables, with surprising results. One more I need to toss in there is kraut.
I know, I talk about it all the time but it is so good. I’m not the only one who thinks so either. Kaitlyn ate it up and asked for more, as did Hailey. It surprised me for sure, but we all think you should try it- delicious!
What’s the best ‘unusual’ vegetable you’ve ever cooked?
Did you like it?