Are you a true veggie-skeptic who WANTS to eat vegetables while also loving what you eat? I’ve got you covered! Here are my tried-and-true veggie-loaded recipes to help even the iffiest of veggie eaters get started on their veggie-loaded journey!
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How do I know if I should start at Step 1 in the Veggie-Loaded Roadmap
You might be at Step 1 if…..
- you are a veggie-skeptic.
- you prefer vegetables to be less obvious in a meal or recipe.
- you are looking for recipes that will help you eat more veggies but that you also enjoy eating.
Some tips for moving through Step 1
- You don’t need to veggie-load every day all day. I get it! It’s tempting to want to veggie-load everything! Especially when we’re using kitchen wizardry—like adding purees that you barely notice and in yummy recipes like smoothies and muffins. Aside from letting your body adjust to all the (ahem!) fiber, veggie EVERYTHING is not the goal!
- Branch out! No need to box yourself in to any one step! Does something you saw on TNN, Pinterest, Instagram, or TikTok look delicious but features vegetables in a more obvious way? Dig in! If you like it, add it to your lineup! Doesn’t hit the spot? Move on without guilt.
- Don’t force it. Allow yourself to NOT like certain veggies! Maybe your tastes will change with time…maybe they won’t. We’re not the judgey-type here!
- Slow and steady wins the race. Starting with a strong aversion to anything green? No problem! Simply perusing the recipes below and throughout TNN is a great start! Curiosity goes a long way.
- Honesty goes a long way. I never recommend lying to your friends and family about what is in a dish. This only breeds distrust and solidifies the idea that veggies are something to be choked down—rather than something to be enjoyed. Allow your kids to be in the kitchen (or even helping!) while you’re cooking—and answer honestly if asked what is in a recipe.
- Put foods on the table without fanfare. Will I make a separate meal? Personally? No. But, I also won’t make a bid deal about anyone choosing what they will or won’t eat. Trust me—no one likes to be forced to eat something they don’t want to! Modeling your own newly-found adventurous food journey is MUCH more fun. Even better? No power struggles!
What if different people in my family are at different Veggie-Loaded Steps?
That is the beauty of The Veggie-Loaded Roadmap is that you can easily use recipes from different steps to make meals that the whole family will love. These Step 1 recipes will be delicious and enjoyed by people at Step 1, 2, and 3!
I often will make a Step 2 recipe as part of meal for my 10-year-old daughter and add a Step 3 to the meal for me and my husband. This not only allows my daughter to eat veggie-loaded food that she enjoys and is where she is at on her own veggie-loaded journey, but exposes her to Step 3 veggie recipes for when she is ready.