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12 Broccoli hacks that will make your kids love this green vegetable

Bethany Ramos is an editor, blogger, and chick lit author. Bethany works as Editor in Chief for Naturally Healthy Publications.

Delicious kid-friendly ways to serve broccoli to your picky eaters

You might be a parent if you have battled with your child about eating their broccoli. It may be cliché, but most kids hate this green cruciferous vegetable. As a parent, there's only one thing to do: Learn how to dress up broccoli to please your picky eater.

Before we dive right in, there are a few things you need to know about broccoli. Why are parents so adamant that their kids eat it? According to The World's Healthiest Foods, broccoli is an all-star vegetable because of its fiber content, rich levels of vitamins A and K needed to support vitamin D metabolism and prevent deficiency and its detoxifying ability that comes from a specific combination of phytonutrients.

For kids and for adults, broccoli is kind of a big deal. Here are 12 creative ways to serve this overlooked veggie and make it a family favorite.

1. Cakes

Delicious kid-friendly ways to serve broccoli to your picky eaters

Not that kind of cake, but just as appetizing: Hide broccoli in sweet potato cakes, and serve with sour cream on the side.

2. Casserole

Delicious kid-friendly ways to serve broccoli to your picky eaters

A broccoli, cheese and brown rice casserole is deceptively healthy and arguably delicious.

3. Cheese

Delicious kid-friendly ways to serve broccoli to your picky eaters

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This may seem like a no-brainer, but kids are suckers for broccoli with cheese. If you haven't tried this popular side dish yet, add it to the top of your list.

4. Dip

Delicious kid-friendly ways to serve broccoli to your picky eaters

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Broccoli and cheese will never steer you wrong. Watch your kids devour this antioxidant-rich appetizer as a pre-dinner dip.

5. Fried

Delicious kid-friendly ways to serve broccoli to your picky eaters

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Clearly not the healthiest broccoli choice, but I'd still call it a win in my book.

6. Medley

Delicious kid-friendly ways to serve broccoli to your picky eaters

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Cook up broccoli with your kids' favorite green vegetable, like peas or green beans, and see if they call your bluff.

7. Pizza

Delicious kid-friendly ways to serve broccoli to your picky eaters

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Adding nutritious broccoli to pizza will balance things out when your kids demand pizza for dinner for the fifth night in a row.

8. Pureed

Delicious kid-friendly ways to serve broccoli to your picky eaters

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Perfect for the pickiest eater. Puree broccoli, and use it to create a brand-new dish — "green" mashed potatoes.

9. Ramen

Delicious kid-friendly ways to serve broccoli to your picky eaters

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Did you ever think you would encourage your kids to eat packaged ramen? Cook it up with chicken and broccoli, and everybody wins.

10. Roasted

Delicious kid-friendly ways to serve broccoli to your picky eaters

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Roasted broccoli with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper will turn your child into a miniature foodie.

11. Soup

Delicious kid-friendly ways to serve broccoli to your picky eaters

This is a broccoli rule to remember: The only thing better than broccoli and cheese is broccoli and cheese soup.

12. Stir-fry

Delicious kid-friendly ways to serve broccoli to your picky eaters

Where would a stir-fry be without broccoli's crunch? This chicken and broccoli stir-fry over quinoa is healthy, tasty and easy to make.

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