When it comes to cooking, few things are more satisfying than sharing a meal with friends and family. Cooking together can be a great way to connect with your kids, teach them about food, and have some delicious eats too! Win win food delicious healthy eating for no fuss lovers. Here are 10 delicious vegetable dishes that you can make with your kids in just a few minutes:
- Easy Roasted Vegetables: Throw all of your vegetables in a bowl, drizzle olive oil over them, and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes until they’re tender and caramelized.
- Caribbean-Inspired Collard Greens: Start by boiling or steaming your collard greens until they’re soft. Then mix them up with some garlic, onion, tomatoes, and spices. Serve warm or cold.
- Eggplant Parmesan: Soften up slices of eggplant by baking them in the oven for about 20 minutes at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Top them with shredded cheese and breadcrumbs before baking for another 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Zucchini Noodle Lasagna: Lasagna isn’t just for meat lovers!
Broccoli Slaw is a perfect dish to make with kids. It’s easy to prepare and the flavors are kid-friendly. The best part? It can be made in just a few minutes! Here’s how to make it:
1. Start by chopping up some broccoli into small pieces.
2. In a bowl, mix together some mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
3. Add the broccoli to the bowl and coat it with the mayonnaise mixture.
4. Let the broccoli sit for a few minutes so that the flavors have a chance to meld together.
5. Serve the broccoli slaw chilled or at room temperature.
Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad
This delicious roasted beet and goat cheese salad is perfect for a summer picnic or potluck! The flavors are fresh and the colors are vibrant.
1 lb. beets, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
6 ounces soft goat cheese
1 small red onion, diced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
Instructions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Toss the beets with 2 tablespoons of the oil and 1 teaspoon of salt. Spread them on a baking sheet, roast for 20 minutes, shaking the pan every 5 minutes, until they are tender when pierced with a fork. Let them cool slightly before cutting into bite-sized cubes. In a large bowl, mix together the beets, goat cheese, red onion, thyme, remaining 2 tablespoons oil and salt and pepper to taste. If you have any leftover dressing, store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Kids love anything wrapped in bacon, and this dish is no exception. The asparagus is perfectly cooked and the cheese is creamy and salty. It’s a perfect side dish for any meal!
Zucchini Boat with Summer Veggies
Summer is the perfect time to get your kids involved in the kitchen! They’ll love helping you make some delicious vegetable dishes, like this zucchini boat with summer veggies.
1 large zucchini, spiralized
1 red onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 TBSP olive oil or avocado oil
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup pesto sauce (homemade or store-bought)
handful of fresh parsley, chopped
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Kids will love dipping crunchy vegetables in this spinach artichoke dip. This dish is a great way to get them interested in healthy eating habits. It is also easy to make and does not require any pre-planning or cooking ahead. All you need are some fresh vegetables, dip ingredients, and some disposable bowls or plates.
To make the spinach artichoke dip, first heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out the chopped vegetables on top. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Spread the mayo mixture over the vegetables and bake for 25 minutes or until they are crispy and golden brown.
To serve the spinach artichoke dip, place each vegetable onto a disposable bowl or plate. Spoon the dip overtop of the vegetables and enjoy!
Easy Grilled Vegetables
Grilling vegetables is a great way to get them cooked quickly and enjoy the taste of their natural flavors. Here are some easy grilled vegetable recipes that your kids will love!
- 1 bell pepper, any color
- 1 zucchini, any color
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or melted butter
- About 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or parsley leaves (optional)
- For the marinade: 1/4 cup olive oil or melted butter
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- Juice of 1/2 lemon or 2 tablespoons vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Directions: Preheat grill to medium heat. Cut bell peppers and zucchini into thin slices lengthwise. Sprinkle with half of the salt and pepper. Brush both sides of each slice with olive oil or melted butter. Grill for about 7 minutes per side , flipping once halfway through grilling time. In a small bowl, whisk together marinade ingredients until well blended. Pour mixture over grilled vegetables and let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Top with cherry tomatoes and basil if desired.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Baked sweet potato fries are a delicious way to get your kids excited about eating their vegetables. These fries are simple to make and will be a hit with the whole family.
To make these fries, first bake the sweet potatoes in the oven until they are soft and lightly browned. Then, using a French fry cutter or a sharp knife, cut them into thin strips. Finally, season them with salt and pepper and enjoy!
Fresh Fruit Tart
So, you’ve got a vegetable garden and you’re ready to start cooking with it! But what can you make for your family that they’ll love? Below are some delicious vegetable dishes that your kids will love. For each dish, we’ve included a list of ingredients and instructions on how to make it. Happy cooking!1. Fresh Fruit Tart: This Fresh Fruit Tart is a delicious way to use up all those ripe summer fruit in one easy dish!Ingredients: • One 9-inch tart shell • One cup sliced strawberries • One cup sliced blueberries • One cup diced honeydew melon • One cup diced cantaloupe• Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries, blueberries, honeydew melon, and cantaloupe. Pour the mixture into the tart shell. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
Spicy Green Bean Casserole
This Spicy Green Bean Casserole is a family favorite! It is easy to make and the green beans are cooked to perfection. Plus, it is bursting with flavor.
1 cup cooked green beans
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Peach cobbler is a dessert that can be made with just a few simple ingredients and is perfect for kids to help make. All you need are some peaches, sugar, flour, butter or margarine, milk, and cinnamon. Simply preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, and spread the peaches in the pan. In a small saucepan, mix together the sugar, flour, and butter or margarine until well blended. Gradually add the milk while stirring constantly until a thick sauce forms. Pour this sauce over the peaches in the pan and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or cold.