March 24, 2016

Want to trick your kids into eating more veggies? Or get yourself to like foods that are better for the planet? We asked Andrew Zimmern, host and co-creator of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, for some tips.

1 TRY DIFFERENT PREPARATIONS

A good place to get ideas: other cultures. Consider “the European model” for kale, says Zimmern: Pick it younger, julienne it, rub it with lemon juice and olive oil, and toss it with some lemon juice, salt and Parmesan cheese.

2 INCREASE YOUR EXPOSURE

A 2010 study found that children who tried a vegetable they didn’t like eight or nine times began to like it more.

3 ADD A FAIL-SAFE INGREDIENT

Sugar, fat and salt “have become the sex lube of our culinary generation,” says Zimmern. But he’s not opposed to them, so long as they’re “used very, very prudently.”

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This appears in the April 04, 2016 issue of TIME.

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