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You already know your kids should eat a variety of vegetables to get the nutrition they need, but getting them to actually do it is another story. Maybe you’ve tried making smoothies, adding butter or cheese, or sneaking veggies into sauces, soups, and baked goods, but no matter what you do, they refuse to even take a bite. It’s frustrating for sure, but take heed, because you’re not alone. According to a recent survey by the International Food Information Council, and funded by Abbott, 39% of parents say picky eating is a top challenge to healthy eating. Parents also say they struggle to get their kids to eat dark green leafy vegetables (41%), other vegetables (41%), and red and orange vegetables (28%). Research shows that repeated exposures and modeling healthy habits, and cooking with your kids are really important, but serving a variety of vegetables, and trying new vegetable recipes for picky eaters can turn your kids into healthy, adventurous eaters too.


Experimenting with new ways to serve vegetables, letting your kids taste and try new dishes, and getting them in the kitchen with you can go a long way to break their picky eating habits. This list of vegetable recipes for picky eaters are all healthy, delicious, and easy to make—and will get your kids eating broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and kale in no time. 

1. Bacon Wrapped Air Fried Asparagus from Weelicious 

2. Carrot Soufflé from Mae’s Menu

3. Easy Spinach Balls from Momables 

4. Moo She Vegetables from Super Healthy Kids 

5. Kid-Friendly Chopped Cabbage Salad from Happy Kids Kitchen

6. Crispy Baked Carrot Fries  from Host the Toast 

7. Pea Fritters from Healthy Little Foodies

8. Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower from Sweet Peas and Saffron

9. Broccoli Bites from Happy Healthy Mama 

10. Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip from Skinnytaste

11. Kale Cauliflower Tots from Divalicious Recipes

12. Baked Jicama Fries from Healthier Steps 

13. Parmesan Crusted Crushed Turnips from From a Chef’s Kitchen 

14. Caramelized Butternut Squash from Create Kid’s Club 

15. Cucumber Bites from Eating on a Dime 

16. Stuffed Zucchini Boats from Cooking Classy 

17. 4-Ingredient Stuffed Mushrooms from Vegging On The Mountain

Author Details
Julie Revelant teaches parents how to raise children who are healthy, adventurous eaters. Through blog posts and videos, her goal is to shift the conversation from short-term, problem picky eating to lifelong, healthy eating and healthy futures. Julie has written for FoxNews.com, FIRST for Women magazine, WhatToExpect.com, EverydayHealth.com, RD.com, TheBump.com, Care.com, and Babble.com.