10 Amazingly Delicious Vegetable Recipes For Toddlers

Getting your children to eat their greens can be tiring. However, you could get them interested in their veggies by taking a break from your usual recipes and trying some unique vegetable recipes for toddlers.

Children need wholesome meals rich in proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and vitamins. Thus, without vegetables, your children will lack the required nutrients for their overall growth. According to data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just over 90% of children and adolescents between the ages of two and 19 included vegetables in their daily diet. Although picky eaters may not find vegetables appetizing, you could add a twist to their boring veggies with these tasty recipes.

The versatility of these kid-friendly and nutritious recipes will make you excited to cook them and help meet your children’s nutrition needs and satisfy their hunger. So read on!

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Interesting Vegetable Recipes For Toddlers

Try out these amazingly yummy and healthy vegetable recipes for toddlers that will make them lick their plates clean and make mealtime fun.

1. Maple Syrup Glazed Carrots:

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You can serve this fiber-rich dish with plain rice. Carrots are a rich source of Vitamin A, which boosts night vision. It also contains folate, dietary fiber, and natural sugar that are good for your growing tot.

You Will Need:

  • Peeled and diced carrots
  • Maple syrup or honey (as preferred)
  • Water
  • Unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper (optional)

How To:

  • Place all the ingredients in a large pan. Add water, and cover it.
  • Cook till the carrots become tender, and the liquid reduces to a glaze.

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Garnish glazed carrots with finely chopped chives or parsley for enhanced flavor.

2. Creamy Spinach:

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It is a delicious twist to the green and leafy vegetable. Spinach is a rich source of iron, vitamin B6, C, E, beta-carotene, folate, potassium, magnesium and fiber.

You Will Need:

  • Freshly chopped spinach
  • Mushroom soup (can be prepared at home or use a can)
  • Butter or fresh cream
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Water

How To:

  • Boil the spinach and drain.
  • In a pan, add the boiled spinach, mushroom soup, and butter. If using fresh cream, drizzle it over in the end .
  • Add water and let it boil over medium heat.
  • Add a little garlic.
  • Season with cream and salt and serve.

3. Broccoli And Cheese Patties:

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The delicious recipe can be a perfect snack. Eating broccoli helps prevent cancer. Its anti-inflammatory properties clean the system and help in digestion. It is also a super food to keep your little one’s heart healthy.

You Will Need:

How To:

  • Steam the broccoli till it is tender.
  • In a blender, add all ingredients except oil and churn well.
  • Scoop out the mix and make small flattened balls.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and cook until golden.

4. Tomato Avocado Cups:

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The recipe combines the goodness of tomatoes with avocados. Avocados are good for the heart, have anti-inflammatory benefits, regulate blood sugar levels and prevent cancer. Tomatoes are great for cardiovascular and bone health. The tangy vegetable also helps fight cancer.

You Will Need:

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Guacamole (make it by mashing the flesh of an avocado and adding salt ,white pepper, and lime juice)

How To:

  • Slice the cherry tomatoes and scoop it out.
  • Fill it with guacamole.

5. Rice And Vegetable Mix:

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It can be a main course meal that is full of the goodness of vegetables. You may use white quinoa in place of rice for protein-rich versions.

You Will Need:

  • Chopped vegetables. You can include your tot’s favorite ones.
  • Rice or white quinoa
  • Oil
  • Tomato sauce (puree tomatoes and cook with herbs of choice)

How To:

  • Take a large pot and add oil and vegetables in it. Sauté until the vegetables turn tender.
  • Add the tomato sauce and let it cook.
  • Now add the rice, cover, and cook.
  • Remove from heat once rice or quinoa is cooked and serve it steaming hot.

6. Sweet Potato Pancakes:

Sweet potato pancakes

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The healthy recipe will pamper your toddler’s sweet tooth. Sweet potatoes have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and keep blood sugar in check.

You Will Need:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Rolled oats
  • Olive oil (optional)
  • Dark molasses (optional)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Plain yogurt or plain greek yogurt

How To:

  • Pierce the sweet potatoes with a fork and microwave for about five minutes.
  • Peel them once they cool down.
  • Blend the oats in a food processor. Remove and keep it aside.
  • Blend the sweet potatoes.
  • Add the sweet potato puree, oats, and the remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix.
  • Heat a pan on medium heat and pour the mix.
  • Flip and cook till it turns golden.

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Add roasted and powdered mixed nuts (almonds, cashew nuts, and walnuts) to the pancake batter to increase the nutritional value.

7. Vegetable Kebabs:

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Pamper your kid with these kebab sticks to make your toddler feel all grown-up. Bell peppers have anti-oxidant properties that fight cancer. Squash has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It keeps blood sugar in check and promotes overall health. Tomatoes are great for cardiovascular and bone health. It helps fight cancer too. Zucchini has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It regulates blood sugar, is good for heart health and fights cancer.

You Will Need:

  • Red bell pepper
  • Yellow squash
  • Green zucchini
  • Cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon slices
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How To:

  • Heat the grill. Slide the vegetables on skewers and brush them with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle a little lemon juice and salt and pepper.
  • Grill until the vegetables turn tender.
  • Remove from skewer and put in toddler friendly sticks.

8. Pumpkin And Chocolate Popsicles:

Pumpkin and chocolate popsicles

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The delicious delight will make your toddler ask for more. Pumpkin helps fight obesity, improves digestion, prevents constipation and has anti-oxidant properties.

You Will Need: 

  • Pumpkins
  • Coconut milk
  • Honey
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Chocolate chips
  • Melted chocolate

How To:

  • Add the milk, pumpkin and honey in a blender and churn.
  • Pour this into Popsicle molds and freeze.
  • Drizzle some melted chocolate.
  • Add some chocolate chips and freeze again.

9. Buttered Green Beans:

Buttered green beans for toddlers

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It is a healthy and delicious green vegetable recipe for toddlers .Beans help prevent heart diseases and cancer. It also helps fight obesity.

You Will Need:

  • Green beans
  • Butter
  • Mushrooms (optional)
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Grounded garlic

How To:

  • Steam the green beans.
  • Keep it in ice water and drain. Pat it dry and keep it aside.
  • Melt the butter in a pan, and sauté mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Now add garlic and stir.
  • Add the green beans and cook for a few minutes. Serve it hot.
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Grate cheese over the steamed beans and bake them until the cheese melts to make a delicious treat for your child.

10. Vegetable and Cheese Scramble:

Vegetable and cheese scramble for toddlers

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It is a perfect breakfast recipe to give a healthy start to your toddler’s day. The health quotient of this recipe depends on all the vegetables that you add.

You Will Need:

  • Vegetables of your toddler’s choice
  • Butter
  • Grated cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper

How To:

  • In a pan, melt the butter and add vegetables. Add salt and pepper. Cook till vegetables are tender.
  • Sprinkle cheese and cook.
  • Stir so that the molten cheese coats the vegetables.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What vegetables can toddlers eat raw?

Toddlers may eat raw vegetables, such as carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and red and yellow bell peppers. However, ensure to wash the vegetables thoroughly before serving them to your child to avoid the risks associated with microbial contamination or the presence of pesticides (1).

2. Are there any vegetable recipes we can make in advance or freeze for later use?

Vegetable dishes such as baba ganoush, vegetable soups, lentil bolognese, and vegetable stir fry may be made in advance and frozen for later use.

3. Are there any safety considerations when cooking vegetable dishes for toddlers?

When cooking for toddlers, you should clean vegetables thoroughly, especially lettuce, spinach, and other salad greens. Children should avoid eating raw or undercooked sprouts as they may contain germs. Likewise, keep raw meats, poultry, fish, and seafood away from cooked food, fruits, and vegetables. Thoroughly wash hands, utensils, and chopping boards after handling raw meats and before using the same items to process vegetables (2).

Vegetables are high in proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and vitamins, but encouraging your toddler to eat them might be difficult. To interest them, consider adding a flavor twist to these vegetables. You can experiment with the super healthy vegetable recipes for toddlers, such as preparing maple syrup glazed carrots, adding a creamy and cheesy touch to bland broccoli and spinach, turning simple sweet potatoes and other vegetables into pancakes and kebabs, and more, to see what works best for your child. Don’t be afraid to fiddle around with the recipes to make them more engaging and appealing to your youngster.

Infographic: Delicious Vegetable Recipes For Toddlers

We all know how hard it is to get our picky eaters to eat healthy vegetables. However, you can switch your usual recipes with interesting ones for your toddlers. Read this infographic to discover some healthy and tasty vegetable recipes.

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Key Pointers

  • It is essential to include vegetables in your child’s diet to provide them with required nutrients.
  • Making interesting vegetable recipes and presenting them uniquely can make it easier to feed your child.
  • Glazed carrots, sweet potato pancakes, and buttered green beans are some recipes you can try for your little one.
  • You can also modify the recipes according to your child’s preferences to make them enjoy the dish even more.

Exciting vegetable stir-fry choices please kids’ taste buds and offer simplified healthy meals for a balanced diet. Quick and easy recipes cater to busy parents. Perfect for families on the move!


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