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Winter Veggie Powerhouse with Dill Dip

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Would you believe that you could have your child try (and like!) cucumber, red bell pepper, broccoli, and edamame? When we involve our kids on a regular basis with food selection, the chances of them trying new foods increases. Further, by letting them prep or build something with their food, they are even more likely to try it.  

We all need add vegetables to our diet.  Here are some ideas for adding more to yours:

 

Aim for ½ of the plate to be filled with fruits and vegetables each time we eat.

Eating a variety of vegetables helps us reach different vitamins and minerals that we need.

Make a vegetable lasagna

Add veggies to favorites like pasta, tacos, spaghetti, mac-n-cheese, pizza.

Let children choose, giving them the power.

‘Do you want broccoli or carrots tonight?’

‘Do you want broccoli with melted cheese or plain’?

‘What color of vegetable should we have tonight’? (involve them with buying it, selecting it, etc.)

Winter Veggie Powerhouse with Dill Dip
a creative raw vegetable plate with yogurt dill dip
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INGREDIENTS
Winter Powerhouse
  1. Carrot sticks (4)
  2. Cucumber sticks (2)
  3. Broccoli floret
  4. Red Bell Pepper, small square/rectangle
  5. Edamame, green pea, or other bean
  6. *For each house
Dill Dip for Veggies (aka Ranch)
  1. 1 cup plain yogurt
  2. 1/2 cup sour cream
  3. 1 tsp garlic powder
  4. 1 tsp onion powder
  5. 1 tbsp dried dill weed
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS
Veggie Powerhouse
  1. Wash all veggies. Cut ‘sticks’ with carrots and cucumbers.
  2. Assemble a ‘flat’ house on a plate.
  3. Carrots as roof and cucumbers as walls, or vice versa.
  4. Add the broccoli for a chimney, rectangle pepper door, and edamame as a door knob.
Dill Dip
  1. Mix all ingredients well.Spoon dill dip (or cottage cheese) on ‘the ground’ to resemble snow for your winter house!
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