Are you feeling a bit more comfortable with the idea of veggies in your meals and ready to be a bit more daring? Get ready to open your palate to even more veggie-loaded food fun! This list includes recipes with some vegetables you may have less exposure to or might include veggies in a slightly more obvious way. No need to worry about boring salads though! Step 2 gives you MORE options and MORE flavors to choose from from breakfast through dessert. Grab your fork and spoon and get tasting!
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How do I know if I should start at Step 2 in the Veggie-Loaded Roadmap
You might be at Step 2 if…..
- you are ok with the idea of veggies in your food, but they aren’t yet your “go-to”.
- you don’t mind seeing vegetables on your plate.
- you are looking for recipes that make eating veggies more fun—while also expanding the variety and amount of vegetables throughout the day.
Feel like Step 2 isn’t right for you? Check out Step 1 recipes to see if that is a better fit for you!
Tips for transitioning through Step 2
- Allow yourself to shift between step 1 and step 2 recipes seamlessly (and often!). This is about adding VARIETY rather than limiting yourself to recipes in certain steps.
- No one step is better than another! You don’t reach some pinnacle of veggie-loaded perfection! Our palates and plates are all unique and change throughout the seasons and years.
- You do NOT have to like all foods…or all foods in all the ways! Sometimes we like tomato soup but raw tomatoes aren’t our jam. So what?! Rather than gulping something down by force, use this process as a way to discover what you DO like and HOW you like to eat those foods.
- Don’t force others onto your veggie-loaded journey. Allow your family to try foods in their own way in their own time. It’s easy to want to get our kids to eat more veggies and stress out when they turn their noses up at a food (or our cooking!). Remember—kids have different palates and are still getting used to new tastes and textures. Serve what you make (see next tip!) and let go of any expectations about it being eaten.
- Sometimes it helps to serve the veggie-loaded foods on the same plate—but sometimes using separate plates can be a game-changer! Or, even consider serving your meal family style (with the serving bowls in the middle of the table) so that everyone can take what they want and skip what they don’t. It being on the table with them still exposes our loved ones to veggie-loaded foods (more important in the journey than you may think!) and giving our family choices EMPOWERS them to try new foods in the future. No meal battles required!
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 2 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.