In our opinion, the best thing about spring (besides warmer weather) is fresh produce. After a long winter spent relying on frozen produce, or paying more money for less flavorful veggies, it’s refreshing to see spring produce hitting the shelves.
Buying seasonal produce costs less, supports local farmers, tastes better, and provides higher nutritional value. Spring vegetables typically include spinach, kale, asparagus, peas, carrots, radishes, rhubarb, and others depending on where you live.
If you’re ready to add some fresh produce to your family’s diet, here are some kid-friendly vegetable recipes that your whole family will enjoy.
Smoothies make for easy kid-friendly vegetable recipes
If your child wrinkles their nose at the sight of spinach or kale, there are plenty of kid-friendly vegetable smoothie recipes that will turn leafy greens into a tasty, nutrient-packed treat.
Using frozen banana as a base for your smoothie will create a sweet and thick result. Continue building your smoothie with a handful or two of spinach, some berries, and a splash of milk of your choosing.
You can stop there and blend away, or add some ground flax or chia seed for fiber and healthy fats. Include a little avocado, like this toddler veggie recipe does, for an extra creamy smoothie (almost like a milkshake!) that provides additional fiber and healthy fat.
Blend spinach into this toddler veggie muffin recipe
Blenders aren’t just for smoothies; you can also use them to mix up some muffins. Blending veggies like spinach or carrots into muffin batter creates a texture so smooth that your kids will never notice the nutritious vegetables hiding in their snack.
One of our favorite toddler veggie recipes is this mini banana-spinach muffin. These muffins are perfect for breakfast or snack time, and they’re freezer-friendly. These yummy treats provide a healthy dose of iron, vitamin A, and fiber without the high sugar content that muffins usually carry.
Kids will love veggie chips
Savory flavor and crunchy texture make veggie chips a great snack for little ones. This kid-friendly vegetable recipe consists of slicing, seasoning, and baking whatever veggie you have available.
To prepare a simple kid or toddler veggie chip recipe, start by tossing chopped kale in olive oil, and season with a pinch of salt. Then, roast until crispy. We recommend adding a sprinkle of parmesan cheese for an extra boost of flavor.
Make a sweet veggie chip by tossing thinly-sliced carrots with a little oil and sprinkling with cinnamon. Roasting carrots will bring out their natural sweetness and make this kid-friendly vegetable recipe even more irresistible.
Why use asparagus in toddler veggie recipes
Asparagus is a hearty and crunchy spring vegetable that is also packed with folate, fiber, and vitamins A, C, and K. If you’re unsure about how to use asparagus in a kid-friendly vegetable recipe, it’s easy – seriously!
Roasted asparagus topped with parmesan cheese is a tasty finger food and an easy toddler veggie recipe. Wrapping asparagus in a crescent roll is another mess-free and mouth-watering vegetable recipe that your kids will devour.
If your kids aren’t sure about asparagus at first, using chopped asparagus in kid-friendly vegetable recipes like quiche might help them adjust to the texture and flavor. Chopped asparagus also adds a fresh, tasty crunch to pizza, pasta, and salads.
How to incorporate peas into kids' meals
Peas are full of fiber and vitamin C, and their soft texture makes them a great veggie for toddlers. If you’re still serving peas plain or out of a can, get ready to up your veggie game with these kid-friendly vegetable recipes.
Adding peas to mixed dishes like pasta or rice adds color and flavor. We love the taste of peas and carrots in our pineapple rice, served alongside our Cheesy Quesadilla. This quesadilla gets an extra hit of veggies thanks to the farm fresh kale stuffed alongside all-natural cheese in a corn tortilla.
To make a handheld snack using peas, check out this recipe for pea fritters. This is another toddler veggie recipe that is also freezer-friendly (always important for busy parents). The feta cheese gives these fritters great flavor, and we think they taste even better dipped in plain yogurt.
Use rhubarb to make a kid-friendly vegetable dessert recipe
You may think of rhubarb as a fruit, but it’s actually a vegetable! Rhubarb is a good source of vitamin K, fiber, and antioxidants.
Thanks to its tart and fruity taste, there are a lot of kid and toddler veggie recipes featuring rhubarb that you can serve as dessert. Most already know and love strawberry-rhubarb pie, but this veggie can be tasty on its own, too. These gooey rhubarb bars are made with whole grains and would be perfect in your little one’s lunch box, or as an after school snack.
Yumble meals featuring spring vegetables
Looking for more ways to get your kids excited about eating spring veggies? We’re here to help!
Many of our homemade, nutritious meals incorporate fresh veggies prepared in a kid-friendly and fun way. Our honey glazed carrots, served with our Chicken Nuggets and Mighty Meatballs are farm fresh and full of flavor. To add greenery to your little one’s plate, try our Chicken Enchilada. This dish features peas and kale, as well as our homemade enchilada sauce and melty cheese. With options like these and even more, searching for toddler veggie recipes doesn’t have to be a hassle.
Looking for an easy way to feed your kids nutritious meals through spring and beyond? Yumble delivers fresh, delicious, fully prepared spring and other seasonal meals and snacks for kids right to your doorstep. Simply pick the plan that works best for your family, choose your weekly meals, and Yumble will take care of the rest! No cooking required!