Recipes for Your Child's Corn Craze

Sweet corn may be the solution to getting your kid to eat more veggies. Hurry -- it's in season now!

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Sweet corn is a vegetable, but kids don't seem to hold that against it. On or off the cob, they dig in -- getting vitamin A, folate, and potassium along the way. While corn tastes great plain, leverage your kid's preference by pairing it with less-familiar foods. "Since kids feel comfortable eating corn, take advantage of it to introduce other foods and flavors," suggests Craig Johnston, Ph.D. assistant professor of pediatrics-nutrition at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston. Our recipes use corn as a gateway to get kids to try protein-packed edamame, vitamin C-rich bell peppers, whole-grain cornmeal, and more. Think of it as the start of some a-maize-ing things.

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Pan-Seared Corn on the Cob

Kim Yunhee

Pan-Seared Corn on the Cob

Kids will lick off the garlic sauce on top -- guaranteed.

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Edamame and Sweet Corn Succotash With Marjoram

Kim Yunhee

Edamame and Sweet Corn Succotash With Marjoram

Succotash is typically made with lima beans, but we subbed edamame for extra protein.

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Roasted Sweet Corn With Coconut

By Kim Yunhee

Roasted Sweet Corn With Coconut

Thai-inspired, this side dish tastes great with grilled flank steak.

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Cheddar-Bacon Spoon Bread

Yunhee Kim

Cheddar-Bacon Spoon Bread

This popular Southern side is typically loaded with whole milk, cream, and butter. But our lightened version has fresh corn and just enough crumbled smoky bacon and sharp cheddar to honor its comfort-food roots. Nutrition bonus: Stone-ground cornmeal is a whole grain!

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High-Flavor Butters

Levi Brown

High-Flavor Butters

Like your corn buttered? When you add some zing to regular spread, one 34-calorie teaspoon will go a long way. Start with ? cup (1 stick) of softened butter. Mash it with a fork in a small bowl, then add one of the flavors suggested in the following slides. Drop leftovers by teaspoons into a clean ice-cube tray. Freeze until firm, and then transfer them to a labeled resealable plastic bag. Thaw in the fridge for at least 6 hours.

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Orange Honey Butter

Peter Ardito

Orange Honey Butter

Mix in 1 tsp. honey and 1 tsp. finely shredded orange peel

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Zesty Lemon Butter

Peter Ardito

Zesty Lemon Butter

Mix in 1 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel and 1 tsp. lemon juice

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Smoky BBQ Butter

Peter Ardito

Smoky BBQ Butter

Mix in 1 tsp. barbecue sauce and ? tsp. smoked paprika

Originally published in the August 2011 issue of Parents magazine.