Even the fussiest children will be drawn to vegetables if you allow the experience to be fun, beautiful, tasty. No need to hide or camouflage - just keep it fresh and include as much DIY as possible, so junior can feel a sense of autonomy and ownership. Also, peer pressure helps, so invite another kid. (Thanks for asking, @ChrisK xo)
  1. Dipping party
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    They love to dip. Vegetables can be raw or cooked, and the dip can be anything: homemade ranch dressing, peanut sauce, guacamole, spaghetti sauce, miso- or soy sauce-based....no rules. If feasible, let them make the dip too.
  2. Bagel faces
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    Spread cream cheese, then let the kids make faces from cut vegetables, olives, sprouts. Set it all out in little bowls. Great project for a birthday party, and it can be lunch.
  3. Polka-dot rice
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    Present a serving of rice in a bowl w room to stir freely. Set up other bowls with cooked vegetables (peas, cut green beans, chopped broccoli, scallions, diced carrots) and maybe some diced tofu - plus a shaker bottle of soy sauce. Let little Khaleesi have at it.
  4. Salad bar
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    More exciting DIY - kids love the control. Again, lots of bowls. Arrange them on a table with dressing and a small ladle at the other end. Also good for a birthday party or a no-reason party.
  5. Counting soup
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    Similar set-up to polka-dot rice: bowls of cooked vegetables and tofu (cooked pasta is nice too) from which the kids can select w spoons to customize their own soup. Younger customers will enjoy counting the spoonfuls. Ladle in some heated stock, and voila.
  6. Salad people
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    Edible little person-sculptures made from fruit, vegetables, strips of cheese, olives, yogurt make a wonderful lunch, especially in summer. This is super-fun for adults too.
  7. Yummy sauce
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    Kids love flavor, so bathe their cooked vegetables in something delicious. Butter sauce w a touch of brown sugar; garlic- spiked olive oil; light cheese sauce; Thai peanut sauce; pesto...go! 🍆🍠🌽💕💕
  8. Broccoli grilled cheese
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    Add a layer of cooked broccoli to an open-face grilled cheese sandwich. Use orange cheddar for contrast and interest. Broil so it straps down the broccoli. Most (but not all) kids will enjoy.
  9. Mashed sweet potatoes
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    Let the kids do the mashing (use a big enough bowl so they can get into it without it escaping) and they will own this big-time.
  10. Garden!
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    If you have a garden, engage the kids. If you don't, make a point to visit one, ideally w harvesting opportunity. Farmers' market visits where you and your child can talk to and bond w a farmer also very positive. Kids will connect the dots and gain some food literacy. Vegetable culture rules!