Are you always looking for ways to make vegetables more appealing and tasty for your kids? These festive African recipes could do the trick. Here are 10 African recipes to help your kids like vegetables.
If your kid loves peas and rice, he’ll welcome this dish with a big spoon. It’s not easy to get kids to eat cauliflower — they usually complain it takes too much crunching and chewing and that it looks like broccoli (the worst!) — but the curry softens it up, making it super easy to eat, and hides the fact that it looks like broccoli. We found this recipe at Yummly.com.
Every kid loves a good bowl of chicken noodle soup, and this soup has all the comfort of that, but it’s totally vegetarian. Most kids will be drawn to it because of the big sweet potato chunks and the pretty color. We found this recipe at GlutenFreeGoddess.blogspot.com.
OK don’t use the word “salad” when selling your kids on this. As far as you’re concerned, this is a salsa that you’ll be adding to your tortillas and beef on taco night. The spices, avocado, fresh peppers and beans lend themselves perfectly to a spicy salsa. We found this recipe at CookieandKate.com.
Maybe it’s hard to get your kids to commit to crunching down on a dozen carrot sticks, but the carrots become soft and easy to eat in this recipe from Food.LizSteinberg.com, and what’s even better is that there is honey in the recipe. Kids will love that because it sounds like a dessert!
It’s not easy to get kids to eat zucchini but it is easy to get them to eat anything mashed! This Tunisian salad from MyRecipes.com is very easy to make, and the crumbled cheese on top will draw kids in. Let them eat it with some flatbread and they’ll ask you to make it again.
You probably won’t get your children to eat sautéed eggplant drizzled with olive oil (as good as that sounds to us!) but battered and fried eggplant? Easy. Try it for Meatless Monday, served with marinara sauce. We found this recipe at Marcussamuelsson.com.
This recipe has one very strong thing going for it as far as attracting kids — a funny name! Sour sauce? Kids will want to try it just for the challenge. The brown sugar makes these nice and sweet, and the mustard gives them a little kick. We found this recipe at MegaBeth.net. The best part is it looks like a creamy, fatty sauce (something kids love!) but really isn’t.
Beets do one very cool thing that always amazes kids: they turn everything bright red! And the white insides of the apple pieces in this recipe are perfect for that, plus because apples are a food kids are so familiar with, they’re more inclined to eat the dish. Just tell them it’s a fruit salad. We found this recipe at KwanzaaCulinarians.com.
If it looks like mayonnaise, kids will eat it. But the cool, creamy sauce in this salad is luckily very light. Let your kids put this on whole-wheat toast for an afternoon snack, or serve it solo instead of a regular green salad. We found this recipe at GlobalTableAdventure.com.
The great thing about couscous when it’s browned is that it looks like ground beef, so your kids won’t be instantly put off by this dish. Lay out the empty bell peppers and let your kids stuff them themselves to make it fun for them. We found this recipe at Choosy-beggars.com.