Let's face it. A lot of kids don't rush to the dinner table to chow down on broccoli. In fact, you may find that most of the vegetables on their plates are still there once dinner is done. Instead of fighting to get your children to eat their vegetables, consider these easy ways to hide veggies in meals and snacks.
5 Ways to Hide Veggies in Meals and Snacks
Pureed Veggies in Meatloaf and Meatballs
Meatloaf, meatballs, and even hamburgers can be great hiding spots for veggies. All you have to do is puree onions, bell peppers, and even carrots and toss them into the meat mix. Not only does this get veggies into the meal, but the vegetables also add moisture allowing you to cook with leaner meat. Also, the vegetables can add flavor. Onions and garlic are a must for meatloaf and meatballs.
Carrots and Zucchini in Muffins
Do your kids love cupcakes? Use carrots or zucchini to make muffins and then top them with cream cheese frosting. It might not be a lot of vegetables, but it's still healthier than those cupcakes found in bakeries. You can take things one step further by using apple sauce to cut down on the fat in the muffins.
Greens in Smoothies
If your kids love smoothies, you can boost the nutritional value by adding greens. The key is making sure you have enough fruit to cover the flavor. You might also have to work hard to get them to try this new green concoction. If you know your kids aren't going to go for the green smoothie, use carrots in your smoothies. Just make sure you have a strong blender.
Veggies in Spaghetti Sauce
Love making homemade spaghetti sauce? Add those veggies to the sauce. Carrots, onions, bell peppers, garlic, mushrooms – they all work well in spaghetti sauce. Best of all, you can add all the veggies and then puree the sauce so that the veggies aren't actually seen by those picky eaters.
Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed in Chicken
Last, but not least, if your kids love cheese, they'll love this chicken. Mix together softened cream cheese with shredded cheddar cheese, and finely chopped broccoli. Cut pockets in large chicken breasts, stuff with the cheese mixture, dip in egg whites and then in seasoned bread crumbs, and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes or until cooked through. You could also use spinach in this recipe.
Veggies don't have to be a sore subject. The key is just learning to hide vegetables in your children's favorite foods. Whether it's a sweet treat or a stuffed chicken breast, you can create meals loaded with healthy vegetables your family loves.