My family eats a lot of vegetables. Especially during the growing season.
It’s been fabulous to see the growth in my children as their taste buds liven up to whatever I’m cooking.
It just pleases me to see my oldest just scoop up his food and eat in delight. It’s taken almost six years to get where we’re at but we’ve arrived. He loves his vegetables.
My youngest still needs prodding and the ever constant threat of, “if you don’t eat your food you’re going to bed.” Which an hour later, I end up having to feed him myself. I know… a little ridiculous at four years old but he eats it and hey… this is the Spanish mother in me 😉
I’m hoping in another couple of years he’ll join the ranks of his big brother.
How do I get my family to enjoy their vegetables?
One of the reasons that my family enjoys their vegetables has to do with the way we prepare them.
Most American families boil and butter their vegetables. Let’s be honest, how good do brussels sprouts boiled with a pat of butter taste? Yeah… not so hot. Every other veggie prepared in that manner can taste kind of bland as well.
Today, I’m sharing The Mediterranean Secret to Phenomenal Vegetables at Keeper of the Home.
I’m sharing how using the ingredients garlic, olive oil, onions, and fried tomatoes with the methods of either sauteing or roasting will take your vegetables from bleh to phenomenal.
You’ll find that once you start sauteing and roasting your vegetables specifically in garlic and olive oil, you’ll never turn back.
Head over to Keeper of the Home to find out specifically what vegetables work for which method with quick and easy recipes to start enjoying many varieties of seasonal vegetables.
It takes time and patience for children to learn to enjoy their vegetables
If you’re a family with toddlers or small children, it really takes time. You may have a wonder child that has always enjoyed their vegetables but for the rest of us it takes patience.
One thing it does take on our end is to constantly serve them vegetables regardless of their reaction.
They may turn their noses and look at you with a, “uh-uh, I ain’t eatin that,” kind of look, however, we need to reinforce that it’s not a choice but a requirement to eat their vegetables.
When my children were toddlers, 2-3 years old, we had a two bite rule. You have to eat two bites or it’s off to bed. Often, we’d allow one bite. For me, I at least knew they were sampling and getting a taste as they develop their taste buds.
If you know our family, you’d know that dinner time is not a strict tense place where we’re forcing our children to eat. We also make things fun. The children help me garden and pick our own vegetables. This in turn makes them excited to help me cook their own vegetables in the kitchen and eat.
I’m finally seeing that this routine is paying off and brightens my heart when either one of my boys tells me, “this is good mama.”
We still have our off days but there are far more better than worse.
How do you get your family to enjoy their vegetables?