One of the easiest ways to ensure your kids are getting plenty of vegetables in their diets is to sneakily add them to recipes, this means they are getting all the nutritional benefits and most of the time they will not even realise how much hidden vegetables you’ve managed to sneak in!
Even if your kids love eating vegetables in their natural form, these simple ideas are still worth doing, simply because they taste great.
- Hidden Veg Pasta Sauce
This is a super simple one and a great way to get different vegetables hidden away. Simply blend whatever veg you want and add them to your normal pasta sauce. Some of my favourite vegetables to add to pasta sauces are broccoli, leek, carrots, parsnip and peppers. Blended butternut squash is also a great choice that can be added to a cheese sauce for a lovely sweet and creamy flavour.
- Veggie Fritters
Fritters are really tasty and are easy to make. You can experiment with different combos, but one of my tried and tested favourites is courgette and carrot.
Everybody loves a good burger, that’s why it’s a great choice for packing in hidden vegetables. Peppers and onions are a great combo with a beef burger, just make sure you blend up the veg or dice it very finely. You could even try making veggie burgers, there are some really good recipes around these days for veggie burgers that taste great and have a ton of hidden vegetables packed in.
Home made soups are a wonderful thing and great for the colder months. You can pretty much add in any vegetables you like so try experimenting with different flavours and see what you can come up with.
Again, smoothies are super simple and you can create all sorts of different flavour combinations. Like with soups, try experimenting with different fruit and vegetables in your smoothies, get creative.
- Veggie Croquettes
Simply blend up any vegetables you like, add some mashed potato, roll into croquette shapes, cover with breadcrumbs and bake in the oven. Boom, done! A really simple way to pack away those hidden vegetables and kids love them.
So there you have it, I hope this post has given you some good ideas for packing those vegetables in your kids diets. I know some people do not agree with hiding vegetables but at the end on the day, if you are cooking meals that are not only delicious, but full of valuable nutrients as well, what does it matter?