When my daughter, Kira, was born, a good friend the mother of two older children herself — gave me a very cute pottery dish, shaped a flat round with a little hollow cup in the center. In the midst of all the pink outfits, stuffed animals, and chew friendly books, it seemed a little mysterious to me. I must have looked at it a little strangely, so she explained to me that every kid deserved their own veggie dipping plate. I thought this was great advice. So, as soon as my daughter was old enough to not toss it off the highchair, I started serving her veggies in the little dish, complete with a spoonful of low fat salad dressing dip. To this day (my kids are now 5 and 7), we enjoy a veggie plate appetizer together before most meals. I vary the vegetables served, depending on what looks best at the market, but always including a sure-fire favorite. The kids like it because appetizers sounds so grown-up and I’m providing them delicious munchies at a time when they’re really hungry. I like it because I know they’re getting the veggies they need and it fends off the grumps while I finish making dinner!