to hide vegetables in kid's meals
If you have a veggie
hater for a child, it can be difficult to figure out how to
get them to eat their vegetables. Here are some tricks from
in cheese sauce
You would be surprised how much cauliflower you can hide in
macaroni and cheese! Works best on homemade mac n cheese,
but you can do it with Kraft dinner too. Steam it first, then
puree, that way there won't be any telltale cauliflower crunchies!
spinach, zucchini & onion in pizza sauce and spaghetti
Steam and puree and these won't be noticeable at all.
and zucchini bread
Especially done cupcake style in fancy paper cupcake cups,
most kids are fooled into thinking these are actually junk
food. You can even promote this by limiting it to one as desert.
Add some pureed or finely chopped veggies to lasagna, even
if it is meat lasagna
Add some pureed veggies to the hamburger mix. And be sure
to encourage pickles and tomatoes on the buns too, even claiming
it makes them more like Burger King's Whoppers, if you have
No, don't make them drink V8. But there are many juice blends
out there which incorporate both fruits and vegetables, so
they will still taste like fruit punch juice to the untrained
If you make smoothies for your kids, throw a few carrots or
a couple pieces of celery into the mix. As long as there is
a substantial amount of other fruits in it, they won't notice!
tuna salad sandwiches
Add finely chopped carrots, onion or zucchini into the salad
Some kids will eat vegetables when they have had a part in
planting it. Why not try making
a pizza garden?
Make it fun
They might love veggies on skewers yet turn their nose up
at the same thing sliced and on a plate. Or turn veggies into
a face on the plate. Think how you can make it into something
kids will love. That is what our parents learned with bumps
on a log all those years ago!
Take advantage of knowing what vegetables they like. Sometimes
it can be something as simple as loving bell peppers raw yet
despising them cooked. The same is often true for carrots
and celery too. It is better they eat them prepared as they
like it than forcing them to eat the same veggie how they
don't like it.
Believe it or not, there are kids vitamins that are formulated
for kids who don't eat vegetables. So be sure to use these
vitamins if possible so you know it is helping supplement
their diet with what growing bodies need.