How To Make Vegetables Taste Good Even For Picky Eaters

For most people, eating vegetables can be an acquired taste. Not just for kids, but also for adults. However, we all know how vegetables are an integral part of being healthy. If we want to eat a balanced meal, we have no choice but to incorporate vegetables into our diet.

Below, I’ve tossed in 5 tips on how to make vegetables taste good, even for the picky eaters!

1. Learn to mix your vegetables

By mixing your vegetables, I don’t mean tossing it into a bowl of mixed veggies and making a salad out of it. Let’s be honest, it’s not exactly appetizing to say that your dinner is a bowl of steamed broccoli. Instead, mix 1/4 cup of steamed broccoli into a bowl of whole-wheat pasta. Feel free to add a flavorful sauce like tomato sauce, pesto, etc. How To Make Vegetables Taste Good Even For Picky Eaters

2. Play with flavors

Nobody wants a boring meal. You have to remember that there are a lot of herbs, spices, and sauces that you can use to spruce up the flavors of your cooking. It makes a world of a difference when you play with the flavors of a veggie dish. If Brussels sprouts aren’t your thing, you might want to drizzle balsamic vinegar over them, or even try roasting it with olive oil and a little salt. Don’t forget to sprinkle basil, parsley or chives as well. If you’re up for an adventure for your taste buds, you can even dip them in Thai peanut butter dressing in order to add a rich burst of flavor. Oh, have you tried chickpea pancakes as well?

3. Try different methods in cooking

Different cooking methods can bring out different tastes and flavors. Sautéing greens like bok choy and collard greens make them soft and tender while roasting vegetables like cauliflower and Brussels sprouts give it a crispy texture that you can’t achieve in steaming. It also brings out their natural sweetness. Again, don’t forget to drizzle it with olive oil, salt, and pepper for added flavor.

How To Make Vegetables Taste Good Even For Picky Eaters

4. Vegetables can also have a sweet flavor

Most of us wouldn’t dare to make vegetables sweet because they’re mostly accompaniments for savory flavors. However, a lot of vegetables can actually taste really good when made into a sweet meal. For example, adding cinnamon or maple syrup to your dishes can give these boring vegetables a whole new taste. Candied vegetables are also possible. Have you tried adding cinnamon and maple syrup to your carrots?

5. Be creative

The good thing about vegetables is that they’re very flexible ingredients. You can make tons of quick and easy vegan recipes with just a couple of ingredients. You can add it to almost any other dishes like pasta, pizza, or even veggie burgers. You can even try cauliflower pizza crust or zucchini lasagna. If you want something that’s packed with flavor, you can even try umami-rich mushrooms and cauliflower buffalo wings.

How To Make Vegetables Taste Good Even For Picky Eaters

If you have kids, you can even cut your veggies into cute little animals and make fun dips. The opportunities are endless!

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38 Comments

  • Florence Frederick says:

    Now that you’ve mentioned it, my favorite dish is veggie pitas. The pita bread makes a big difference on how the veggies taste. I also have my favorite blend of garlic sauce.

    • Rebecca Givens says:

      I love pita bread with veggies too! You should share your favorite blend of garlic sauce with our readers, Florence! 😉

  • I love roasting vegetables. There’s just something about the sweet and tangy taste! 🤤

    • I know, adding basil and chives also add to the flavor. I also love rosemary in my veggies.

  • Thank you for sharing these tips. I’m not really good in cooking and inventing but I try my best. I mostly just go for steamed veggies and that’s it. I almost forgot about being creative with my meals!

  • Jodi Thil says:

    My kids would love the carrots with maple syrup and cinnamon. I really want them to enjoy veggies without having to argue with them during dinner. I guess it really makes a difference when you put an effort in what you’re cooking.

  • Blanche Martina says:

    Meal prep is all about creativity and having a wide imagination on which flavors work best together. If you don’t learn how to experiment, you will always have boring food.

    • Rebecca Givens says:

      Yes, it’s all about creativity and having fun preparing your food. 🙂 There are also a lot of available resources online, just in case your creativity runs out.

  • Monique Malick says:

    When you’re always preparing your food, you sometimes forget about these things already. You get so caught up in the thought of just adding vegetables to your meals.

  • I love inventing new recipes just for the sake of eating something new in a month. I don’t want to get tired of eating healthy, so I really try. 😁

  • Mildred Davis says:

    When I badly need an inspiration in making my kids eat, I always check out Japanese bento recipes. There’s something about how cute bento lunches look like and even if I’m serving my kids with veggies, they don’t mind as long as their veggies are shaped like bunnies and flowers. Not only that you’re giving them a balanced meal, they’re also enjoying their food.

    • Alexis Schuler says:

      Interesting. This can actually work!

  • Tricia Soto says:

    Olive oil can be your bestfriend when you like eating vegetables. It brings out the flavor of almost any vegetable. Sesame seeds also add that nice roast-y taste.

  • Sara Bragg says:

    Candied vegetables are a great idea. Instead of snacking on junk food, it would be better and healthier.

  • Lauren Plain says:

    Just by looking at the photos, I can tell that my menu for the entire week needs a little boost. My cooking looks terrible compared to that.

  • Savannah Grishin says:

    Aww I’m too lazy to do all of this. I hate preparing my own meals!! 😭

  • Chloe skertchly says:

    This can be good for moments that you’re bored of what you’re eating but raw food seems healthier for me. Sauces and dips just makes you gain weight and it has ingredients that aren’t always healthy. Unless, you make your own.

  • Hayley Sorlie says:

    I read this because I was running out of ideas on what to cook for dinner. Thanks for always being reliable for such info!

  • Renee Bryan says:

    Veggie wraps has been my lazy day meal since day 1. It packs an easy source of carbs to the mix and I love how I just have to roll it all together and I have food already.

  • Elsie Thopson says:

    I prefer roasting than steaming. Even for cherry tomatoes, roasting just makes it taste so wonderful.🍅

  • One thing I do with my veggies to taste better is to add mushrooms to the mix while I’m cooking it. I like it when my veggies are soaked with different flavors other than the usual plant taste. When I don’t have mushrooms, I add chicken breast to the mix for a richer meaty taste.

  • Laurie Ryan says:

    Is it weird that I love dipping steamed veggies to cheese dips? Or salsa? OMG they taste so good.🙌🏻

    • Crystal Oliver says:

      Actually, it’s not that weird. Dips are dips and people’s preference differs!

  • Freda Dawson says:

    Now I want a zucchini lasagna.😨 I’ve been craving lasagna for quite some time now.

  • Miriam Love says:

    My children love snacking on celery and carrots. I also provide them with sour cream dips and they like it just fine. If you let your kids eat veggies at an early age, there’s going to be less chances of them being picky eaters. Also, if you dislike a certain type of food, don’t say it in front of them.

  • Eloise Hines says:

    Guys, if you love the taste of garlic or onions, I find that it actually makes other vegetables taste better and richer.

  • Pearl Tristan says:

    Nature’s cruel joke. Make unhealthy stuff tastes good and makes healthy stuff taste like crap. Some vegetables are tolerable at best but most are not and you basically have to add stuff to them to make them even close to edible.

  • Monica Mull says:

    Thank you for the tip!! This is helpful to know. I really struggle to like vegetables. I can only think of about 10 different veggies that I’ll eat. Maybe a few more with soup or rice. I wish I like them better.

  • Brittany Sykes says:

    These tips are so helpful!! I’m not a huge fan of veggies. But with these tips, I think I will enjoy them a lot more! Thanks for sharing.

  • Georgina Xie says:

    Veggies are originally delicious. I never understood how people can choose junk food and sweets over vegetables.

  • Erica Vail says:

    I am totally cooking this soon!!! Thank you for make veggies taste good.

  • Andrea Maya says:

    Finally, something that isn’t a hazard to your health or something that’ll give you diabetes!!

  • Tracy Hadley says:

    Basically just put a shit-ton of olive oil on whatever it is and it will work.

  • Karina papke says:

    I only eat fruit salad with just grape, in a bottle, finely aged. Some people call it wine.

  • Shawn Keele says:

    Thank you!! Roasting some veggies tonight.

  • Romy Tapley says:

    Gonna make these in a couple of hours. I’ve had a had In my crockpot for a few hours already, so I will make a salad to have with veggies and ham, and dinner will be awesome tonight.

  • Rebekka Bluford says:

    These look great. As a matter of facts I tried to make baked veggies today but for some reason, the potatoes took over an hour to cook.

  • Emi Figueroa says:

    I am definitely going to make some of these for my mom she loves veggies!!

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