I have three children aged 8, 4 and 2. I understand how difficult it is to get them to eat vegetables! It is ok me banging on about the goodness in kale (it is so nutritious), but honestly my kids would never eat the stuff!
Having said that they are pretty good, and I am quite pleased with the quantity and variety of veg they will eat. Fruit is easy, oranges, apples, pears, melon, raspberries, strawberries, bananas, all devoured! But vegetables are more of a challenge. They happily eat tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, carrots, peas, mushrooms, olives, potatoes (a great source of vitamin C), and broccoli (at a push). They are, however, blissfully unaware that they eat onions, sweet potato, butternut squash, courgettes, parsley, leeks, swede, celery, dill and watercress. The secret is cooking it, blending it, and hiding it in food that they love. Soups, pasta sauces, stews and pies. The benefits of a plant based diet are huge, and as a parent who wouldn't want to give that to their children.
Try Red Lentil, Vegetable and Tomato Soup
1 red pepper
1 mug of red lentils
2 x tins tomatoes (plus 2 tins of water)
1 glug olive oil
oregano, parsley, salt to taste.
Chop or grate the fresh ingredients, add to a large pan with the lentils and tomatoes, olive oil, water and seasonings. Bring to the boil and simmer for 25 minutes. Blend with a stick blender. Serve with crusty bread!