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10 delicious recipes to get your kid to try new flavours

Sure, they might turn their nose up at perfectly good food, but don't stop introducing new flavours. There may still be budding foodie yet. Try it, you'll like it.

10 delicious recipes to get your kid to try new flavours

Photo: Erik Putz

Ricotta

Ricotta is a smooth operator that you’re probably most familiar with in lasagna, but it also makes a happy home spread on toast, stirred up in spaghetti, in a fruit and nut salad or whipped up into fluffy flapjacks. Try it: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Plate of fluffy pancakes with blueberries and fresh whipped creamPhoto: Erik Putz

Calamari

Calamari is the Italian word (and more appetizing term) for squid. This traditionally battered and fried seafood has a mild flavour and, when cooked properly, isn’t too chewy. Our version crisps up in the oven and is fun to swipe through a creamy dip. This is a great intro to deep sea cuisine. Try it: Crispy Oven-Fried Calamari

Platter with crispy breaded calamari, lemon wedges and a creamy dipPhoto: Erik Putz

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Miso

Made from soybeans, this fermented paste is a flavour saviour. It’s great for sprucing up vegetarian dishes and can be whisked into dressings and soups, or used as a marinade. Try it: Miso Chicken Noodle Soup

Two bowls of chicken noodle soup with edamame and carrotsPhoto: Erik Putz

Tofu

Some people accuse tofu of being bland. Those people aren’t preparing it right. It needs to be patted dry and pressed (to release excess moisture). Marinate it, bake it, roast it or whirl it up for pudding or vegan ricotta. Try it: Sheet Pan Sesame Tofu and Veggies

Plate with roasted tofu with glaze and roasted veggies with ricePhoto: Erik Putz

Artichokes

Artichokes are a safe bet for developing palates. They’re flavour isn’t aggressive and they have a soft texture when cooked, similar to a boiled potato. Little ones may have already eagerly eaten it in the form of a creamy dip. Try it: Shakshuka

Skilled with tomato, artichoke, fried eggs and crumbled feta cheesePhoto: Erik Putz

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Pomegranate seeds

Compare these tiny but bold arils to sour candies, and they just might pass the taste test. Stir them into yogurt, sprinkle over oatmeal or salads, or serve as a snack. Try it: Jewel Salad

 
 

bowl of salad with beans and oranges

Edamame

You can buy these soy beans shelled, but getting them in the pod (most grocery stores sell them frozen in bags) can be super fun, too. Give them a quick steam and a sprinkle of coarse salt, and then challenge your kids to pop the beans out of the pods. (Be prepared for projectile edamame.) Try it: Thai Tofu-Quinoa Bowl

bowl of tofu quinoa stir-fry

Polenta

Boil cornmeal in water, add butter and cheese, and you have the creamiest porridge to side roasted meat or vegetables, or anything stew-like. Once it cools, cut firm polenta into small pieces (or buy a tube of the precooked stuff) and fry or roast to use as a gluten-free pizza base or croutons for salad. Try it: Grilled Polenta Cakes with Shrimp and Tomatoes

round of grilled polenta with shrimp and tomatoes on a platePhoto: Andrew Grinton

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Broccoli

If this hearty green veg is new to your kid, we have one word for you: roast. Toss bite-sized florets lightly with oil, spread in one layer on a baking sheet and roast. Add a squeeze of lemon and a shower of finely grated Parmesan, and it will be devoured. Trust. Try it: Zesty Roasted Broccoli

 

tray of roasted broccoli with lemon zestPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Fennel

This vegetable is crunchy like celery but not as stringy. Sliced raw, it has a sweet, subtle black licorice flavour. To mellow it out, add fennel to your mix of vegetables around a roast chicken—it will become way sweeter and more tender. Try it: Easy Fish Stew with Tomatoes and Fennel

 

bowl of fish stew with crackers

Read more:
11 recipes your kid can eat with ketchup
8 forgot-about-dinner dinner recipes
20 kid-friendly salad recipes

This article was originally published on Jun 13, 2019

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