Me and my vegetables!

A parent’s saviour!

The relationship between little people, and indeed big people, and their vegetables are often a fractious one, to say the least. For little people, especially, it can be difficult to persuade them after months of deliciously sweet breast milk or formula milk that a plate of bitter steamed broccoli is for eating rather than shaking till all the leafy bits come off. It’s also worth noting that too many vegetables, especially Brassica vegetables like broccoli can cause wind and indigestion problems.

I know of few adults who actually enjoy eating plates of plain vegetables, so why should a little person? We want to build a positive attitude towards food, especially healthy food and to be honest when we are battling to get jumpers and socks on every day why would we seek out a further battle at meal times.

Having recently read ‘French Children Don’t Throw Food’ by Pamela Druckerman, I am in love with French idea that if a child will not eat something you must ‘repropose it’ in various ways over time until they fall in love with it. In other words, be creative –  boil it, roast it, mix it and just keep going. Do not get disheartened if you get the ‘monkey in a tree’ response – this is what we call it when Rupert picks up foodstuffs and even without looking at it, throughs it immediately over his shoulder. 

I have found that a great way to introduce vegetable flavours and to ensure Rupert is going to love it, is by stepping away from the steamer and turning to my Vegetable Trinity – a vegetable savior for all parents.

To be honest, the Vegetable Trinity can comprise of any 3 vegetables and its great to keep it seasonal, but I usually include at least 2 vegetables that are on the slightly sweeter side of things. Our favorite mix over the past few months,  having just come out of winter, is Courgette, Parsnip, and Carrot.

The key with the Trinity of Vegetables (as with most Holy Trinities) is to be never seen but always present (especially those wonderful flavors), and always in the fridge.

What fruit and veg, I can’t see any.


Serves: 5 little people servings
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Stage-appropriate: From 6 months
Freezer friendly: Yes 

Little people participation: Limited, however its great to get them picking
the ingredients at the shop and older children can help with peeling
and grating.

  • 1 carrot
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 parsnip
  • Herbs and garlic optional
  1. You can either grate or use a food processor to break down the veg and then saute in a frying pan.
  2. Once cooked you can pure for new eaters, or leave as is for addition to whatever. The mix can be kept in the fridge for around 3 days and even be portioned and kept in the freezer.