Broccoli Slaw – The Secret to Getting My Toddler to Eat Broccoli

Broccoli Slaw – The Secret to Getting My Toddler to Eat Broccoli

My daughter went thru a period where she didn’t like broccoli at all. I tried putting cheese on it, hiding it in various casseroles, but she just wouldn’t eat it. But, one thing that my daughter did like eating was Cole Slaw. So, one day when I was walking down the aisle at Trader Joe’s and saw Organic Broccoli Slaw, a light bulb went off in my head. Could this be the answer to getting my daughter to eat broccoli?
I got home and decided to give it a try. I didn’t feel like going all out and whipping up some homemade Cole Slaw dressing, so I just mixed the Broccoli Slaw (shredded broccoli and carrots) with some ranch dressing already in the fridge and crossed my fingers. I put it in a big bowl and started eating it myself, knowing that my daughter would be intrigued and want a bite. As soon as I took a bite I heard, “Daddy, bite please”. So I gave her a small bite. She slowly chewed it and then asked for another bite…. and another. She almost ate up the whole bowl on her own…. and then wanted more. So finally I found the answer to the broccoli dilemma (for now).

If you are in a similar situation with your picky eater, definitely give Broccoli Slaw a shot.  If any one else out there has any similar food secrets, do leave a comment and share.

Thomas Brogan

Thomas Brogan, a native of Des Moines, was the original founder of Des Moines Parent and is a father to an 8 & 10-year-old. In his free time, he likes to explore nature, try new local restaurants and enjoy life as best as he can. Check out more of Thomas at

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