The combination of spring rain and warm sun provides farms with bountiful crops to grace our plates and entice our appetites. There is no better time than now to take advantage of the colorful and delicious produce filling farmers’ markets across the country. In addition to serving vegetables at dinner time, here are some easy tips to increase the amount of vegetables you and your family are eating.

  • Double the vegetables you prepare for dinner and use the leftover vegetables in meals the next day.
  • For breakfast, roll scrambled eggs, salsa and leftover vegetables like potatoes and broccoli into a tortilla.
  • Stuff leftover asparagus or peas, sliced turkey, and cheese into a pita.
  • Roast for enhanced flavor. Toss cubed potatoes, peppers, onions and your favorite spices with olive oil and roast at 400 degrees in the oven for an hour. Make a big batch to use in lots of dishes.
  • Have your child pick a vegetable they’ve never tried from the grocery store, and prepare it together for dinner.
  • Crete a tally and see who in the family can eat the most vegetables each week. Choose a fun reward like a new book or trip to the movies.
  • Start early! Babies and toddlers can practice fine motor skills with pea-sized veggies like beans, peas, or broccoli pieces.
Find recipes for Mince Vegetables with Chayote and Corn, Peanut Fiesta Vegetable Salad, and Potato Salad with Cilantro Dressing on the Sarita’s Sensations website at: http://www.latinonutrition.org/Saritas_Sensations.htm.  — Alison

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