If prepared in the right way, a vegetable side dish can be as delicious and filling as the main dish. Preparing a vegetable with a different cooking method, adding different flavors and colors can make the difference for your child if they try it and like it or not. The philosophy we have in our household which patterns the MyPlate guidelines, is to make half of your meals fruit and veggies. When you make your side a veggie that is full of flavor, it is much easier to fill half your plate with it! We have 10 Healthy Veggie Sides Recipes to serve with dinner to make your meal complete!
These sweet potatoes from Buns in My Oven are a deliciously sweet side dish with a great texture – a perfect way to serve sweet potatoes to your kids for the first time!
This is a great side dish to replace potatoes or pasta with a meal. Your kids will love watching the ‘spaghetti’ form – let them get involved by giving them 2 forks and scraping away the squash!
Even kids who may be hesitant about trying onions, may go for some baked onion rings! Skip the deep fryer and bake these for a healthy version that the entire family will love.
Sometimes it takes a different cooking method for kids to like a vegetable. If your kids don’t like raw carrots, try one of these ways to cook them! They are all different but delicious and produce a different flavor.
This dish adds a lightness and also a sweetness to asparagus which can have a slightly bitter flavor. Kids are more familiar with the orange flavor and will enjoy the yummy flavor it adds to the asparagus.
Roasted broccoli is the cooking method that has helped my kids fall in love with broccoli. If they are struggling eating veggies, I know I can fall back on roasted broccoli! This recipe from JoCooks adds some yummy ingredients making it even more delicious!
This simple 2 ingredient zucchini dish from Five Heart Home will become a regular on your menu. These bake at a relatively high temperature, making the zucchini get nice and soft, with an almost creamy texture, while the Parmesan turns crispy and golden brown.
Rice is a staple side dish for many meals, and this boosts the nutrition by using mostly cauliflower with a small amount of rice. This makes it a delicious familiar dish, but a powerhouse in the nutrition department.
We have found that kids love dips and sauces and are much more likely to try things when they can dunk, or smother their veggies. This savory sauce is a pleaser for both kids and adults!
A side of homemade fries goes well with many meals, but sometimes there just isn’t time when you are rushing to make dinner. This is one of our favorite shortcuts so that you can have these as a side anytime even if you are short on time!