Getting Vegetables Into My Kids {Sponsored Post}

One of the greatest challenges I face as a mom is getting a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits into my children.

It appears that the only criteria for one of my children to be willing to eat something is that the other child refuses to eat it.

This poses a creative challenge for Mom.

One vegetable that our 2 year old boy is willing to eat in all forms is broccoli.

He actually noted “broccoli” as one of the major things in his life he is grateful for during our gratitude wreath actitvity. 

See!  Please note the yellow one to the right of….well, the other things he is thankful for.


So, I gave it a shot.  I rinsed some fresh broccoli florets and set them in front of both of my children.

My son will eat broccoli raw, boiled, steamed, covered, or smothered.

Our daughter is a little less easy to please.

I drizzled some of the  Marzetti Simply Dressed Salad Dressing Champagne VInaigrette over some broccoli florets and told her it was a salad.

She loved it!

She actually spent a good amount of time licking the dressing off the broccoli before she ate it.

I swiped one of her (unlicked, I hope) broccoli florets and understood why.

It really was delicious!  The Simply Dressed Marzetti Champagne Vinaigrette had a light and fresh taste.  I tasted a combination of flavors:  sweet, salty (from the sea salt), and tangy with a very nice mix of spices.

I have since found myself in the refrigerator late at night dipping whole carrots into the jar to sop up the dressing while I munch away.  The act makes me feel like I’m doing something wrong, like I’m sneaking a gluttonous midnight snack.

But, my conscience is clear.

The dressing isn’t just helping me restore balance in the vegetable feeding challenge I face with my two small kids.  It’s helping to keep my own body in regular fresh vegetables.

Another way I plan to use this dressing is as a marinade for chicken!  I’ve used salad dressings in the past, homemade and purchased, to marinate scored chicken breast to grill.

The garlicky, seemingly Italian-inspired flavor of the Marzetti’s Champagne Vinaigrette will lend a nice flavor to the chicken, I think!  A side salad of mixed greens with a little of the dressing drizzled over it will tie the meal together nicely with a simple side of rice.

I also think an excellent dessert idea would be to serve Champagne-soaked frozen grapes sprinkled with raw sugar (for the adults, of course).  The kids could enjoy a simple round of grapes.  (Or, you could modify the idea of champagne-soaked frozen grapes and use them, instead, as an appetizer after wrapping each grape in a thin strip of salty prosciutto).  This would keep with the Champagne-theme woven throughout the meal!

We’re having family over for Thanksgiving and I completely plan to have this Simply Dressed Marzetti dressing on the table.

What I mean to say is that I plan to have a fresh jar of it on the table.

One that hasn’t experienced any midnight carrot double-dipping.

I was one of the bloggers selected by T. Marzetti Company and Clever Girls Collective to host a Marzetti Simply Dressed review. They provided me with product to test myself and compensation for my time. However, my opinions are entirely my own.


9 Responses to Getting Vegetables Into My Kids {Sponsored Post}

    • I really like the dressing. I will only endorse something I would eat or feed my family- and this is a real keeper. Yummy! :) We just got it on our shelves, too!

  1. As Rachael Ray says, “get veggies into your kid, any way you can.” Please shoot me for quoting R.R. but not before I try this miracle dressing.

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