Simple Summer Vegetable Platter

One of a mother’s goals is to get her family to eat more vegetables.  Some mother’s don’t have this issue.  However, as much as I love to cook for my family, we also love to eat out.  Add to that school lunches (although improving, hmmm), and oftentimes vegetables are a forgotten issue.

So, on the weekends I will often create a small vegetable platter with veggies I know that they will eat as they pass through the kitchen. Even the neighborhood kids will fight over the last carrot or celery stick.  No directions here, just cut up what you like, and try something new.  I was completely shocked a few years ago when all the kids devoured the celery BEFORE the carrots and cucumbers.  Really?  Celery has such a strong flavor, I was blown away.  So, it never hurts to try something new on that tray, and add change up the items as the seasons change.  Your family might just surprise you.

This tray had:

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • about 5 medium carrots
  • dip of your choice, if any
Simple Vegetable Platter

Simple Vegetable Platter

I couldn’t pass up these beautiful multi-colored carrots that still had fresh green tops attached.  I later used the green tops in a cabbage/green soup.

Other things that are good on the weekend tray: cherry tomatoes, bell pepper strips, celery, mushrooms, asparagus, and of course, cauliflower and broccoli.

Since there are only 3 of us, and maybe a few extra kids, I try to limit it to 3 vegetables.  Now, when I do a tray for a larger party, lots of veggies are used as well as a “regular” dip (ranch), and usually some hummus, too.

Have fun, and happy snacking!


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