Brussels sprouts with maple syrup
zkruger/Shutterstock Luring kids to love their vegetables requires subversive tactics like drizzling maple syrup over roasted brussels sprouts. Just a dab will do, according to a recent study of preschoolers. After a while, say researchers, kids will willingly eat their vegetables without sweetness. Hopefully, the kids will leave enough sprouts for the grownups.
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Eggplant in hoisin sauce
Maggiezhu/Shutterstock Get your children to enjoy eggplant by adding hoisin sauce! Sometimes called Chinese barbecue sauce, hoisin is thick and dark and provides a sweet lacquered finish to dishes. Its salty-sweet flavor comes from soybeans, vinegar, sugar, and garlic, and it can be used to perk up stir-fries and glazed meats, or as a dipping sauce for veggies. It does wonders for eggplant and broccoli and you can probably sneak in some cubes of firm tofu without anyone noticing. This simple hoisin eggplant recipe was made for picky eaters.