Do you have a picky eater who refuses to eat vegetables? My son doesn’t outright refuse all vegetables, but he doesn’t like a lot of them and on some days he does indeed refuse all of them. So I have found a few dishes where I pack them full of all kinds of “hidden” veggies and he just gobbles it up. So if you have a veggie avoider try some of these meals and see how it goes:
Spaghetti sauce. I put everything in my sauce (peas, green and yellow peppers, spinach, celery, tomatoes, onions, etc.) and my son just eats it all up. I do it both vegetarian style or bolognese (with beef) and he loves them both. Another great thing with this option is that I can serve it with zucchini noodles rather than pasta so my son eats lots of veggies.
Lasagna. When it’s chicken lasagna with a cream sauce I use a ton of spinach, there’s actually more spinach than chicken. When it’s a meat sauce I can use all of the same veggies that I put in my spaghetti sauce. Also if I want to avoid pasta it can be made with eggplant instead. My son loves the flavour of the sauces so he devours these meals.
Quiche or frittata. A quiche or frittata is so yummy that my son doesn’t even notice all of the veggies that I put in it. You can put pretty much any vegetable that you like into either of these dishes.
Meat balls. This is another way I add pretty much any vegetable I have on hand (carrots, celery, onion, green peppers, spinach, etc.). Just make sure they’re chopped up nice and tiny (use a food processor for ease if you have one) so that you’ll have no problem making the balls. Occasionally I even make them using turkey rather than ground beef for a leaner option, and really just to have a bit of variety. Either way my son loves them and gobbles them up.
Shepherd’s pie. My son loves the combination of meat and potatoes, what he may not realize is that the meat has tons of vegetables in it. Again, I just make sure they’re chopped up nice and small so he doesn’t notice they’re there. I include carrots, celery, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, peas, and even spinach.
What dishes do you make that have “hidden” vegetables?