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Home Cookin': Very Veggie Pasta Sauce 

Published January 20, 2016 at 1:20 p.m. | Updated April 4, 2022 at 8:02 p.m.

click to enlarge Dinner is served - ERINN SIMON
  • Erinn Simon
  • Dinner is served

Every parent knows it can be tough to get kids to eat vegetables. So tough, sometimes, that it can be tempting to look for ways to trick kids into consuming their daily quota. Even so, I'm not a fan of  "hiding" veggies in kids' food. I think it reinforces the idea that eating vegetables is a chore we have to get through. Not true!

I like the approach of serving veggies every day, and modeling how much you like them. I believe that if kids are consistently served a variety of vegetables in a positive way, eventually they'll come around to actually eating them. It's the method we use at the Burlington Children's Space. Teachers sit with kids at mealtime, serve themselves whatever vegetable we're having for lunch and talk about how colorful, crunchy, or tasty it is. It usually works!

That being said, there's no reason you can't boost the vegetable quotient in a popular dish that's already pretty healthy, like good old-fashioned red sauce! This recipe is a favorite at my house and at BCS. The best part? It's incredibly versatile — it works with pasta, pizza, lasagna, and can even be modified into a tasty tomato soup. Whether or not you tell you kids about the kale and carrots is up to you. 

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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