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5 Genius Little Ways Our Editor-in-Chief Makes Eating Veggies Fun for Her Kids

updated Jun 14, 2022
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Credit: Photo: Christopher Simpson; Props: Stephanie Yeh; Food: Brett Regot

There’s a reason July is Vegetable Month on Kitchn: Practically every veggie is in season right now. For Kitchn’s editor-in-chief Faith Durand, Vegetable Month is also a great opportunity to squeeze in more plant-based nutrition at the dinner table — for both the kids and the grownups. “We’re always hunting for ways to make it easier and even more delightful to pile on the veg,” she says.

The first place Faith looks? Target! Their exclusive Good & Gather line is full of high-quality ingredients, so it’s a no-brainer for boosting a meal’s veggie quotient. We asked for her go-to picks, and you’re going to want to add them to your shopping list ASAP.

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1. Garlic Pepper Crispy Onion Strings Salad Topper

Salads are always more fun with a finishing touch. Faith recommends an indulgent topping like these satisfying onion strings. “I am always hunting for salad toppers that are crunchy and peppery,” she says. “Give me these onion strings and a dab of ranch dressing, and I can eat an entire head of butter lettuce for dinner.”

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2. Signature Tomato, Garlic and Calabrian Chile Spread

Packed with tomatoes and zippy peppers, this spread is a veggie that makes other veggies even tastier. “This garlicky chile spread is very good — thick enough for smearing and light enough for dipping,” Faith says. “Spoon it straight over grilled vegetables like baby eggplant and zucchini for an easy summer side.”

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3. Lime Crema Sauce

Another must-have? A zingy condiment that amps up the fresh flavors of the season. “The lime crema sauce is my new favorite dressing for taco salad!” Faith says. You can also try it drizzled on freshly grilled corn on the cob or use it instead of mayo in a roasted veggie wrap.

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4. Avocado Toast Chopped Salad Kit

Whether it’s lunchtime or dinnertime, we love a salad kit for healthy meals that are quick and easy. “This chopped salad kit is big enough to share, and super fun with its tiny toasts and creamy guacamole,” Faith says. Bonus: Add a hard-boiled egg for a protein boost.

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5. Frozen Plant-Based Meatless Chick’n Tenders

“I have been slowly swapping meatless tenders in for chicken with my kids, and these are our latest favorite,” Faith says. We love this approach to introducing plant-based proteins. Turn them into “wings” with buffalo sauce and celery and carrots on the side, or add them to a garden-fresh salad for a satisfying light supper.