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16 green recipes kids will actually eat

Who ever said eating greens had to be boring—or a battle? These recipes are fun, super tasty and a guaranteed good time. It's easy being green!

By Amy Valm

16 green recipes kids will actually eat

Photo: Roberto Caruso

Green recipes kids will eat

Broccoli Cheddar Tots

Finger food is hard to resist, especially when it’s cheesy tots. The broccoli is so tame in these cute bites, you’ll make a believer out of your little veggie-hater. Get the recipe: Broccoli Cheddar Tots

mini loaves with broccoli and cheddar cheesePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Green Dream Smoothie

If it’s green, you know it’s good. This smoothie packs apple, avocado, spinach and vanilla kefir. It tastes delicious. Promise. Get the recipe: Green Dream Smoothie

two glasses with green smoothie garnished with green applePhoto Maya Visnyei

Bacon, Cheese and Veggie Fritters

These little frozen veggie-filled fritters are perfect for small hands—they’re dip-able and nutrient-dense. Leftovers are brilliant for school lunch. Get the recipe: Bacon, Cheese and Veggie Fritters

plate of bacon and cheese frittersPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Kale Chips

Sure, it’s green. But it’s a CHIP. To get your kale nice and crisp, you’ll need to wash and dry it thoroughly, then have your kid gently massage the leaves with oil—the perfect job for little helpers. You won’t believe how irresistible these are. Get the recipe: Kale Chips

Plate of crispy kale chips with sea saltPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Broccoli-Cheddar Soup

If you’re going to have greens, you might as well smother them in cheese. This classic soup comes together in just 30 minutes. Get the recipe: Broccoli-Cheddar Soup

pot of broccoli soup on a stovetopPhoto: Erik Putz

Primavera Pasta Salad

It’s easy to convince your kids to gobble up peas and broccoli when teeny-tiny orzo pasta is involved. This dish is good hot or cold—just don’t forget the Parmesan. Get the recipe: Primavera Pasta Salad

spoon with pasta salad with broccoli and red pepperPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Zucchini Chips

Shaved lengthwise or sliced into super-thin rounds, this green veggie disappears super fast once it’s been crisped up in the oven. Get the recipe: Zucchini Chips

16 green recipes kids will actually eatPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Turkey, Bean, Kale and Pasta Soup

The mini star pasta in this warm and satisfying soup will charm kids instantly. In fact, they’ll be so lost in the stars they may not even notice the bits of kale scattered throughout. Get the recipe: Turkey, Bean, Kale and Pasta Soup

bowl of hearty turkey and bean soupPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Crustless Quiche

Hey, no crust, no fuss. Our recipe calls for large—perhaps intimidating—broccoli florets, but you can mince it up so the green is more evenly distributed. We just want to show kids a good time with this eggy dish, not ruin their lives. Get the recipe: Crustless Quiche

A quiche with broccoli in a pan next to forksPhoto: Erik Putz

Baked Falafel Nuggets with Tomato-Cucumber Salad

Even green “specks” elicit a hard no from your kid? No worries. Simply tuck these nutritious falafels into warm pita pocket, drizzle with sauce and top with kid-favourite cukes and cherry tomatoes. Get the recipe: Baked Falafel Nuggets with Tomato-Cucumber Salad

falafel with tahini dressing and a tomato and cucumber saladPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Zucchini and Feta Frittata

This little hand-held cutie will be hard to resist. Zucchini is probably the most polite vegetable—mild and easy to eat, especially grated, it kind of melts into the egg with salty feta. Go ahead and give it a go. Get the recipe: Zucchini and Feta Frittata

16 green recipes kids will actually eatPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Potato Gnocchi with Creamy Ham-and-Broccoli Sauce

Your kids will love this cheesy potato gnocchi, you’ll love the broccoli. These homemade dumplings are super easy—we swear!—and super fun to make with kids. Get the recipe: Potato Gnocchi with Creamy Ham-and-Broccoli Sauce

plate of gnocchi with ham and broccoli in a cream saucePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Maple-Roasted Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts

Something very special happens when Brussels sprouts are roasted; they mellow into tender-crisp, sweet little morsels (the maple syrup doesn’t hurt). Paired with carrot’s sweeter cousin, the parsnip, this roasting pan is a guaranteed good time. Get the recipe: Maple-Roasted Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts

16 green recipes kids will actually eatPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Chopped Cucumber Salad

What kid would turn down cukes? Cool, crisp and super easy to toss together, this salad goes with pretty much everything (we like it with hummus and pita). Get the recipe: Chopped Cucumber Salad

bowl of chopped cucumber and hummusPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Vietnamese Roast Chicken & Salad Rolls

Salad rolls are an easy dinner and a fun activity rolled into one—see what we did there? Kids will be more than happy to assemble their own and they’re also totally predisposed to over-stuffing. With all these fresh ingredients, you win. Get the recipe: Vietnamese Roast Chicken & Salad Rolls

tray of homemade Vietnamese rolls with fish saucePhoto: Maya Visnyei

Shaved Carrot, Fennel and Bok Choy Salad

Yeah, there’s a lot of colourful veg in there, but for your kid, the highlight may very well be the crispy tofu croutons. Does it really matter though, when it’s all devoured in the end? Get the recipe: Shaved Carrot, Fennel and Bok Choy Salad

16 green recipes kids will actually eatPhoto: Maya Visnyei

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This article was originally published on Mar 14, 2019
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