Sneaking veggies round-up

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I saw an article in the Chicago tribune , discussing whether  hiding vegetables in your kids food is a good idea.  I found it interesting.  I am going to admit this now.  Even though my husband and I tend to eat healthy, we still struggle with getting our almost two-year old to eat his vegetables.  Now that he is almost two, he is becoming even more defiant.  There are days when he takes one look at the vegetables on his plate and flat-out throws them on the floor.  ( He is punished accordingly as appropriate as we know how to punish a two-year old)

We still have A LOT of work to do.  I still believe that as he continues to watch us eat healthy, he will still improve.  He has gotten better at, at least TRYING each thing on his plate before he decides he doesn’t like it.

I am not necessarily a huge fan of hiding vegetables in just cookies and then using those to supplement this issue.  But if you take time ( as I did) to browse the internet, there are some fun and healthy ways to get your kids to eat their veggies without necessarily ” ticking” them into thinking that they are eating a cookie or cake”.

I find that perhaps changing the texture of the vegetable is all I need to get my son to like it.

I have rounded up some fun ways for kids to enjoy vegetables. The ( Kind of) Sneaky way.

Us Mom’s can be pretty sneaky, you know.

1) Vegetable Spiked Meatballs.  From this blog

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2) Butternut Squash Pancakes from Little Fish Studios 

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3) Broccoli Scrambled Eggs by Linda Wagner 

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4) Hide the Veggies Hamburger by Trials of a Stay at home mom 

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5) Butternut Squash Apple Sauce from This blog 

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6) Avocado Pasta Sauce from Quirky Eats 

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7) Sweet Potato Quesadilla from My favorite Things. 

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8) Cabbage Sloppy Joes from Foods Fool

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9) Make “Hide the Veggies Soup” with me gusta mantequilla

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10) Learn how to make Roasted Cauliflower ” Cheese” Mac and Cheese at this blog 

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11) Pumpkin Grilled Cheese at Just water please 

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12 And i will give you 1 sweet one…  Spinach/ Carrot Brownies from Mommy Trade Tricks 

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I hope you like this collection.  If you have a recipe that hides vegetables or a vegetable dish more kids friendly, please feel free to link it in the comment section.  I will give you a shout out to my Facebook community as well:)

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8 Comments

  1. I am right there with you trying to find the balance between making sure they eat their veggies any way possible (including sneaking them in) and making sure they learn to eat what we ask them to eat. These are great suggestions! I’ve written a similar post on ways I sneak in veggies. The more ideas the better!

     
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  3. This looks amazing!! I love it!! I would love to invite you to link it up at our new party Lovely Ladies Linky where you link up once and get seen on 6 blogs!! Link up starts Wednesdays! http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/lovely-ladies-link-up-link-up-1/
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  4. You can hide most anything in spagetti sauce – grated carrots, zuchinni, chopped spinich and on and on.

     
  5. Pat here again. If chopping and grating doesn’t work try pureeing.

     
  6. My daughter is the same. Thanks for this

     
  7. Great collection! My way, that worked great for my daughter, is to make a cute and funny presentation of what she eats. I usually make the same meal for everyone and she get a bonus make-up on her plate. You may have a look of what we did so for on my blog http://www.kiddiefoodies.com. Hope you will find some inspiration:)

     
  8. My son would still only eat two of these. lol The pancakes and the brownies. He won’t eat meat (unless in hot dog or chicken nugget form), mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, no pasta, etc. He makes it extremely difficult. Those quesadillas are to “full” for him. I do however grate a carrot into a cheese quesadilla. The color blends in with the cheese.

     

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