April 19

4 Ways To Get Kids To Eat Zucchini

Blog, Cooking, Featured, Healthy Family


Zucchini is that one vegetable that I think is a GREAT one for kids who are picky eaters to be introduced to. 

It’s got a natural sweetness and  flavor profile that is pleasant without being empowering.  Plus it’s super easy to cook.

Here are 4 ways to get your kids to actually LOOK FORWARD to eating zucchini.

You just gotta get a bit creative in the presentation!

     1) Make Zucchini Spaghetti!

You can use a spiralizer to turn zucchini into spaghetti noodles, or just peel it with a peeler into long “fettuccine” strips.

Next up, just saute some oil with a bit of garlic and shallot for 1 minute, add the zucchini noodles and cook for just a few minutes.  Top with marinara and you’ll be amazed how it looks AND tastes like pasta!

     2) Use the Italian trinity: Garlic, Parmesan and Lemon

Even if you don’t want to spiralize the noodles, just cooking them in garlic and olive oil, then finishing them with Parmesan and lemon will add a LOT of flavor.  

That salty, creamy, acidic combo will get your kids to finally enjoy zucchini!

     3) Grill it!

Slice zucchini into horizontal slices, add a bit of oil, salt and pepper and grill them for a few minutes on each side!   You can then add these into sandwiches, with pasta or over rice with pita bread and hummus.

If your kids complain about vegetables and haven’t experienced them grilled, then they are missing out!

     4) Roll it up!

Yes, you can “rollup” zucchini.  

We even have a cooking class for our Kids Can Cook Inner Circle  members where we salt the zucchini, spread it with a ricotta mixture and roll them up into what look like green zucchini flowers.  Place these in a large casserole dish with marinara sauce and mozzarella and you have “zucchini lasagna rollups,” a tasty and low-carb meal!

If you want your kids to make zucchini in creative ways, try out a FREE 60-minute LIVE healthy dinner cooking class taught by our awesome Chef Teachers on Zoom: go to www.liftenrichment.com to claim your free lesson

Get Cooking,
Chef Eric Horwitz

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About LIFT

Eric founded LIFT Enrichment in 2010 because he wanted to help young kids develop their culinary skills so they could make healthy foods for friends and family for the rest of their lives.  He has worked with kids for over 15 years and enjoys their energy and enthusiasm for learning new things.  Eric studied abroad in Italy while at UCLA and discovered a passion for cooking.  

Eric Horwitz, Ceo of Lift

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