Sometimes it’s hard to get your kids to eat their veggies. The minute they get a whiff of something green and squeaky, they run a mile. The good news is that you can sneak ‘em in, so kids eat their veggies and still enjoy their favorite foods. Here are 7 clever ways to add some extra veggies and nourishment to classic kid-friendly recipes.
Bread slathered in butter is a great snack at any time of the day. A few slices of Sophie's Zucchini Bread, and before you know it, you’ve ingested an entire zucchini -- win! Veggies add a lot moisture and sweetness to bread, making it almost taste like cake, which is definitely going to appeal to the kids.
2. Cheesy Main Dishes
It's a good idea to add some extra veggies to a cheesy potato dish, or a macaroni cheese, to slowly win your kids over. Once the veggies are all wrapped up in a creamy cheese sauce, it’s hard to even taste the veggies -- cauliflower is especially easy to hide in a creamy baked dish.
Who can resist a cheesy pizza! Instead of trying to offer pizza laden with veggies, why not try to make the crust out of vegetables. You can make or buy a cauliflower pizza crust, which tastes almost like the real thing. Fun bite-size veggie base pizzas are also a fun way to get kids interested in vegetables. Let them make their own personal portobello pizzas or zucchini pizzas with whatever toppings they like.
4. Morning Waffles
It's not hard to get kids to eat regular fries. The trick is to introduce a new vegetable and make it look like fries. You can also bake the fries rather than deep frying, making them extra healthy.
You can hide a lot of goodness in a muffin. These toddler muffins are packed with carrots and squash, and these delicious blueberry muffins hide an entire cup of beets.
Imagine your kids eating giant spoonfuls of cooked zucchini or beets -- well, it can happen once they are hidden inside a luscious chocolate cake. These cakes look good enough to be served at a birthday party. One is full of zucchini and the other has lots of sweet beets. Mystery cake is the perfect name for this type of cake ;)