Delicious veggies for fussy kids

Delicious veggies for fussy kids

There’s a reason most kids don’t like plain boiled veggies – they’re tasteless and boring! Here’s our favourite ways to make veggies tasty; they only need a tiny bit more effort than boiling water and our kids love them!

So-Easy Silverbeet Filo Parcels
This is so simple - don’t let the pastry put you off. A great lunch served with a salad – make a few and throw the leftovers in the kids’ lunchboxes the next day.

Ingredients (makes 8)
2 sheets flaky puff or filo pastry (we use Edmonds, from the supermarket freezer)
5 large leaves of silverbeet (chopped)
3 eggs
100 grams feta
Milk (around ¼ cup)
Handful of basil (optional)
Salt and pepper


  1. Heat oven to 200C degrees (fan bake)
  2. Remove filo from freezer to defrost
  3. Pour boiling water over chopped silverbeet in a saucepan and cover for 5 mins or until cooked
  4. Mix eggs, feta, milk, chopped basil and salt and pepper
  5. Squeeze water out of silverbeet, add to mixture
  6. Cut filo into squares (8 in total), and place on baking paper on baking tray. Curve the sides up so the filling doesn’t spill
  7. Spoon filling into centre of squares and then fold the corners up
  8. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

Honey-glazed carrots
Here’s a great way to make sure carrots end up eaten, not on the floor. We feel a bit guilty about adding honey, but if it means our fussiest eaters will demolish a handful of carrots then surely it’s worth it.

5 cups of thinly sliced carrot
3 Tbs parsley
1 Tbs honey
1/2 tsp grated orange rind
Salt and pepper to taste

Boil or steam carrots until cooked but still with a little bit of bite. Drain well. Mix remaining ingredients in large bowl, add carrots and toss gently. Yum!

Broccoli Cheese Bites

Deliciously simple - if your little one usually turns their nose up at broccoli try chopping it up into tiny pieces for camouflage.

1 head of broccoli (chopped then steamed or boiled)
1 ½ cup grated cheddar
3 eggs
1 cup breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper
Tsp Dijon mustard (optional)

  1. Heat oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.

  3. With your hands, form small patties and lay on a baking paper lined baking tray.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes, turning the patties after the first 15 minutes.

  5. Let cool and enjoy (don't forget the ketchup)!



Samantha Davies on 12 November 2013 12:19
These sound delicious especially those silverbeet filo parcels

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