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I live in fear of having a child who won’t eat vegetables. Yes, I am being serious. Of course I will love my future children no-matter what, but of all the things in the world that I will least be able to tolerate, having a child who doesn’t eat his/her veggies tops the list.

I don’t remember being a picky child myself, but then again I also don’t remember being a bratty teenager, though I suspect my parents would say otherwise!

Broccoli with misos hemp dressingI do have a talent for hiding vegetables in the strangest places, but spinach brownies aren’t necessarily the best way to avoid getting scurvy. Knowing my luck, my children will turn and run at the sight of a plate of broccoli, and if they have my genes they will trip and fall along the way.

Now don’t get me wrong, I won’t be the parent sending their kid to school with organic, gluten-free, vegan, paleo, nut-free lunches when it’s their pizza day, nor will I be hiding their Halloween candy but I do expect them to not shove their peas under the table when I’m not looking (I may or may not have done that growing up…).

Broccoli with miso hemp dressing 2I can already hear the parents reading this sighing and saying to themselves that I know nothing. Yup, you’re right. I am totally naive and ignorant and perhaps a little bit stupid, but in the meantime I am going to continue panicking at the thought of this, while eating my broccoli. Not the worst way to stress eat…


Broccoli with Miso-Hemp Dressing

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  • Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 medium head of broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 2 T hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 T miso paste
  • 1 tsp honey


  1. Steam broccoli. I use a microwave by placing florets in a microwave safe bowl, topping with 1 tablespoon of water, covering it with plastic wrap and zapping it for 3 minutes. Use whichever method you prefer.
  2. In a blender combine hemp seeds, water, miso paste and honey.
  3. Top broccoli with miso-hemp dressing and serve warm.


  • Serving Size: 4

Broccoli with miso hemp dressong 4Were you a picky kid growing up? Parents, do you have picky kids?

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  1. I need to buy miso paste. I never look hard enough at WF. SPEAKING OF… need to text you to send me your TJs/American Food shopping list…

  2. Thankfully our boys are not picky!!
    However, my nephew (my sister’s son that I’m visiting right now) is very picky – sort of funny but it makes any meal planning difficult!!!

  3. I totally used to drop my veggies on the floor under the kitchen table for my dog to eat! Haha.

  4. Peas under the table, ahem, … actually, I am a broccoli hater (don’t hate, ok? 🙂 but I loved peas! I think my broccoli never had this amazing dressing and that’s why I’ve had issues all these years. Haha, glad you won’t be sending your kids to school with plain lettuce and fat free sugar free everything free pizza! 😉 Even if you did, I’m pretty sure you could make it taste good. I’m liking this broccoli, so you’re doing it right!

  5. Firsttt of all, this broccoli looks outrageously yummy. Second of all, I laughed out loud at the “and if they have my genes they will trip and fall along the way.” That makes a few of us clumsy blogger gals, haha. And I also live in fear that my kids won’t like veggies! And I AM going to be that weirdo mom that at least TRIES to have her kids be vegan… already trying with my nieces and nephew, and it’s not easy… Gotta make this recipe soon!!

  6. I am so, so grateful that Squish has never met a veggie he didn’t like. Especially broccoli. Now, if you give him a choice between, like, pizza and broccoli, that’s a no-brainer; few of us would pass that test. But if you just sit him down in front of a plate of steamed broccoli, he will go to town with a smile.

  7. Hopefully if you and your baby daddy eat healthy, it will come natural to your kids! My husband could survive on pizza and french fries, so I am really worried that he will pass that down to our kids, I’ll have to try to get to them with my healthy eating first! I love this sauce! I’ve never used miso before but have been wanting to use it lately, maybe I’ll start with this sauce, I’m always looking for delicious sauces to eat my broccoli with!

  8. Haha I fear my the same thing! Can you imagine a dietitian with kids who won’t get their veggies? Won’t be good for my reputation…

    My parents got me to like vegetables as a kid though, so I’ll have to hit them up for advice. Actually, it might have something to do with the cheese sauce they smothered my broccoli in…

  9. I totally have the same fear for my (possible future) children too! I myself went through stages: my mom fed me spinach baby food when I was a roly-poly baby, then I would only eat well-cooked veggies throughout my childhood, and now I want ALL the vegetables. I dunno, perhaps it will end up working out sooner or later. But with your cooking, I’m sure your kids would have no issue packing in those veggies!

  10. Haha. I think it is mandatory that all kids hate vegetables. Actually I wasn’t too bad when I was younger except for peas. I hated them so much and Mom would make them because my Dad loves them. Ick. So gross. She hates them too though so she finally gave in and realized it would stop torturing at least 3 of us if there were no more peas.