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22 Delicious vegetable side dishes for picky eaters

Looking for vegetable side dishes to serve your family? Here are a ton of delicious vegetable side dishes for picky eaters!

We all know that vegetables are an essential part of a balanced diet, but try telling that to a picky eater!

While you can try to disguise or hide veggies in other food (like ground cauliflower in mac and cheese sauce) I prefer to try to get my kids to try veggies that are just made in extra delicious ways.

Sure, adding honey and cheese and breadcrumbs isn’t the healthiest – but it is a way to encourage kids to eat veggies and move in the right direction.

Let’s talk about some delicious and easy-to-prepare vegetable side dish recipes that even picky eaters will enjoy.

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Tips for Encouraging Picky Eaters to Eat Vegetables

Here are some of my best tips for encouraging picky eaters to try veggies.

Introduce new vegetables slowly

Go one veggie at a time. Start with the most familiar items. So, if they like fries, try a parsnip fry or a zucchini fry. Or try a potato another way.

Start by adding small amounts of new vegetables to meals, gradually increasing the quantity over time.

Season your veg

I grew up in the 90s, a time of bland microwave steamed veggies with butter. It was stanky and not great.

Seasoning veggies well can help to make them taste better for everyone involved.

Experiment with how you cook your veggies. I generally find roasted/crispy veggies more appealing than anything steamed and mushy. See what your family prefers!

Be a role model

Children often model their eating habits after their parents or caregivers, so be sure to eat your vegetables and show enthusiasm for trying new foods.

Offer dips and dressings

Once again, not the healthiest, but you have to take baby steps. Picky eaters aren’t going to go from zero to plain brussels sprouts in a week, and having that as the goal will set you up for failure.

Serve vegetables with dips and dressings to make them more flavorful and enjoyable.

Make it fun

Cut vegetables into fun shapes, arrange them in colorful patterns, or create a vegetable-themed dish to make eating vegetables more exciting.

Involve your kids

Involve picky eaters in meal planning and preparation. Allow picky eaters to choose a vegetable for dinner or help with meal preparation to encourage them to try new foods.

Add vegetables to favorite dishes, such as pasta or pizza, to increase their nutritional value and make them more appealing to picky eaters.

There’s always bribery

Consider offering small rewards for trying new vegetables or eating a certain number of vegetables in a week.

Turn eating vegetables into a game by creating a chart to track the number of vegetables consumed or by challenging picky eaters to try new vegetables each week.

Don’t give up if a picky eater doesn’t like a vegetable the first time they try it. It can take multiple exposures for someone to develop a taste for a new food.

vegetable side dishes for picky eaters

Delicious Vegetable Side Dish Recipes

Here are some of my favorite vegetable side dish recipes that can please even picky eaters!

Delicious vegetable side dishes for picky eaters

Have picky eaters on your hands? Here are veggies that even picky eaters will love!

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