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I see my boyfriend in a week, and he has 2 children, an 8 year old girl and a 6 year old boy. He's told me that if I can get his daughter to eat her vegetables, then I'm his hero!<br><br>
First things that come to mind are vegan sushi and chili sin carne, but am definitely open to other suggestions. Thanks!<br><br>
Edit: Forgot to mention that his daughter is in love with hummus, like my man and myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Just bring her hummus, carrots, and vegetable crackers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Just bring her hummus, carrots, and vegetable crackers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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How would vegetable crackers compare in nutrition content to vegetables? Carrots with hummus is one of the bf's faves, but his daughter doesn't seem to like them.
 

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vegan pizza? with or w/o daiya. smoothies?<br><br>
Not sure if this will help or not, but it's a new blog I found <a href="http://www.wholefoodmommies.com/Home/Recipes" target="_blank">http://www.wholefoodmommies.com/Home/Recipes</a> these are all kid friendly recipes supposedly.
 

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My mom used to make me and my sister fruit kebabs so we would eat our fruit. Maybe you could try and grill some veggies and do the same thing? It might make vegetables seem fun... potentially? :p
 

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What do his kids like to eat?
 

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Vegan pizza would definitely be a good bet, and I figure too that there has to be some way to hide some veggies in the sauce. I get the impression that it's a lot of sandwiches, pizzas, and pastas, and the way that he put it, he tries to expand their horizons but has frozen pizzas on standby just in case, which he often has to resort to. It doesn't help either that their mother lets them eat a lot of junk food. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Green smoothies? And just don't tell her there's veggies in it until after she drinks it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> If she knows beforehand she may have a preconceived notion that it will be bad and not want or like it.
 

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Mmmmm, and I do a lot of green smoothies myself already! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I was going to say vegan sausage rolls but they're not healthy! I think they're good enough to pass with omni kids though.<br><br>
I second fruit kebabs. My mum used to find it hillarious that she could have a kitchen FULL of fruit that wouldn't get touched, but the miniute she chopped it up and made a fruit salad, it would all go in a day. Me and my brother were just too lazy to bother preparing our own fruit haha, but we were 18 and 20!<br><br>
I think presentation is key, if there's lots of colours, if you cut things in an interesting way (maybe those cutters that make fruit and veg into flower shapes), and you make it seem like it's a treat not a chore to eat, you're halfway there before they've even eaten it. I notice kids have a tendency to decide if they're going to like something before they've even eaten it, infact, a lot of adults do that too.<br><br>
I know a lot of people don't like dried fruit, but it's very very sweet, so maybe things like dried dates and rasins could go down well too. For meals how about veggie burgers (ones made from vegetables, not soy) or sausages with sweet potato wedges? Or wraps with bean chilli (or soy mince), roast vegetables, salad, and some different sauces - set it all out on the table and let them make their own up. Or get them to make their own vegan pizzas.<br><br>
I know someone whos mum used to put spinach in cakes, you couldn't taste it, but I didn't really see the point because sneaking healthy food into kids doesn't really teach them to eat healthily.
 

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A veggie spag bol, with vegetables in the sauce - puree some to thicken the sauce, add the others in chunks - preferably roasted first.<br><br>
Or what about roasting broccoli with some soy sauce on - that's great on the side. And if they eat lettuce, give them baby spinach leaves instead. Corn on the cob always seems to go down well with kids too.<br><br>
Get them to help you cook, they are more likely to eat it that way and you will get to know them better.
 

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yummmmmm roasted sweet potato sticks! roasted any vegetable id divine though!
 

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I guess I can kind of see the point of sneaking vegetables in, that is if a kid is stubborn enough to where they're likely to not eat it if it resembles a vegetable in any way. I was a kid who didn't like vegetables at one point! Though the first time I tried a green smoothie, the first thought that came to my mind is that it would be a great way to get kids to eat (or drink) their vegetables.<br><br>
Good ideas guys, thank you all and definitely keep them coming! Definitely noted about presentation and getting them involved. This may sound a little bit silly, but as I'm not a parent, how old is old enough for a child to stir a pot on a hot stove, as well as to handle cutting knives?
 

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This may sound a little bit silly, but as I'm not a parent, how old is old enough for a child to stir a pot on a hot stove, as well as to handle cutting knives?</div>
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It's a very individual thing. You'll assess it when you meet them and are in a situation where you have the opportunity to experiment with them. By their age, my daughter was making simple meals I had shown her how to make.
 

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green smoothies!! my kids love them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> they are picky little tots.
 

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Get them to help you cook, they are more likely to eat it that way and you will get to know them better.</div>
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You might try out sneaky chef's books. A lot of times, the kids help out and know what's going in as much as the parent does.
 

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Definitely doing the green smoothies then, and I want to introduce my boyfriend to the wonders of those as well! He's intrigued, but likely to be skeptical of them untill I make him one.<br><br>
For those of you based in the UK, what brand of faux-cheese melts best on pizzas?
 
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