how to sneak veggies into things!

Rosie - posted on 07/09/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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ok, so this is about my husband, not my kids, lol!! he has started to stop eating vegetables. ever since his accident 3 years ago, he's been very immoble, and gained a bit of weight. he was big to begin with, but now it's getting kindof bad and he's unhappy and it hurts him more since he's got more weight to deal with on his injuries. i've tried talking to him about it, and he went and bought a used piece of gym equipment that he never uses. he'll go on 1 day kicks of buying a bag of spinach that stays in the fridge for weeks uneaten. we'll go out to eat and he tells them to just leave the vegetables in the kitchen.
i guess i just want him to eat healthier and i'm working on the part where i can get him to willingly eat veggies, but until then do you have any recipies where i can sneak some in on him? :)

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I love, love, love the Sneaky Chef by Missy Chase Lapine (Jessica Seinfied is actually accused of ripping off her recipes/ideas). Anyway, I checked out Deceptively Delicious and still prefer Sneaky Chef. I started using it to get my son to eat veggies but it's been a great help to my hubby and I as well because we're eating more veggies. I sneaky just about everything I make. Hubby, he's a big guy, has even lost some weight. There's a whole series of Sneaky Chef books and there's even one called 'How To Cheat On Your Husband...In The Kitchen". I don't have this one yet but I'm getting it as soon as I can.

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Jessica Seinfeld (Jerry's wife) wrote a cookbook called, "Deceptively Delicious." It's fab. She gives step by step directions on how to make different vegetable and fruit purees to go into her recipes. The food is very kid and husband friendly. Blueberry muffins with squash, mac-n-cheese with squash, hamburgers with cauliflower, beef stew with broccoli, chicken nuggets with broccoli, potato soup with carrots and cauliflower...and it all tastes good. Can't tell there's veggies in there.

Some of it is a bit trail and error though. I adjusted the hamburger with cauliflower recipe because the burgers weren't staying together on the buns. And once you get going, you'll see patterns in what types of dishes the different veggies taste good in. Then you can use the concept on your own recipes. For instance, I've found that carrots are great in any meat or red sauce dish.

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Try adding carrots, swede or sweet potato to spaghetti bolognese. My husband also hates most veg except sprouts so I've been sneaking them in lol!

Jodi - posted on 07/13/2010

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Cathy, I LOVE my slow cooker!!! I get so much use out of it in the winter :) It's almost my best friend.....sad isn't it?

LaCi - posted on 07/12/2010

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Eggplant parm is unhealthy enough that he may eat it. puree some spinach-or any other veggie-into the sauce and you'll knock out some veggie servings, but its still a ton of cheese. You could just add less cheese though ;)

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Slow cooked casseroles. If you chop the veggies really small they all dissolve into a sauce. Sweet potato especially good.

Home-made pizza with home-made sauce. Use as many veggies as possible. Provided tomatoes are in the greatest quantity. You blend it all up and they have no idea!

Jodi - posted on 07/11/2010

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Kati, I cook a lot of casseroles and things, where the veggies are cooked in with it. My hubby is a bit fussy about his vegetables too, but I can get him to eat a larger variety by cooking up casseroles with a bit of meat.

Try and avoid potatoes, because they are pretty high in carbohydrates. Anything starchy should be minimal. Lots of greens :) My hubby HATES zucchini and celery (and quite a few other green veggies), but I can load it up in a casserole and he doesn't even notice.

Sharon - posted on 07/11/2010

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I know your hubby is injured but he really needs to cut back on the calories he's taking in and MOVE.

If weight is an issue then water workouts. I'm trying to talk one of my older coworkers into going to water workouts with me at our local community pool. She has a lot of back and joint issues, she needs to move to heal but moving hurts, so water is helpful.

Even if you don't join a water workout class, just walking in deep waist high water does a number on your legs!!! Floating on your back is like a sustained crunch, lol. You have no idea how tight you hold your stomach until you've been floating for a while.

Sharon - posted on 07/11/2010

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To me - artichokes taste a bit like asparagus. Not as "heavy" though? anyone else got a way to describe it?

You cut off the stem, put it in a basket, fill the space under the basket with water cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low bubble, and cover and let them steam. I lift one up by its it outer most leaf and if it falls = then they're ready. If the leaf pulls off without lifting the artichoke at all, they're a bit over cooked but my family likes them that way.

You pull the leaves off, dip in butter, then using your bottom teeth to scrape off the softer inside of the leaf. You do this until the leaves are to small, then you pull several off at once and just bite the bottoms off. they get much more fine as you go in.

When you get annoyed at how small they are, grab what is left by the peak and LIFT. You should see a rosette of fine hairs.

Carefully shave those off with a decent knife (one of my tabletop knives does the job) You do this to expose the heart. The heart & base are fully edible. You cut the heart into pieces and dip them in butter and eat! The heart is the best part.

LaCi - posted on 07/11/2010

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tajin is chili powder and dehydrated lime juice. it's amazing. I generally hate cooked vegetables, but now that we have a case of tajin... I'm good lol. I put it on everything.

Can be found at mexican groceries. ;)

Rosie - posted on 07/11/2010

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what tajin laci?
and what do artichokes taste like, they look really gross to me, lol!!
i have started grilling and roasting veggies and stuff. only one that i can get past my whole family is grilled asparagus. i tried it with hollandaise, and while i loved it my kids didn't. myhubby wasn't home though, and he loves hollandaise, so i'll have to try that one on him.
i should just have a salad night for dinner. that way he can't just leave the vegetables in the kitchen, lol! thanks guys!!

LaCi - posted on 07/11/2010

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I got my boyfriend to eat steamed broccoli by putting tajin on it ;x tajin makes everything tasty.

Sharon - posted on 07/10/2010

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Fancy salads - my husband will dive into a salad if its a "cobb salad" diced chicken, ALL the veggies, celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, lettuce, onion, bell peppers, boiled eggs, & bacon off the top of my head.

My family loves veggies so maybe just trying different recipes? like asparagus, grilled, baked, hollandaise sauce, or lemon, butter & pepper

steamed artichokes are huge here, we dip the leaves in drawn butter, the clue is to keep the salt in the recipes low but not gone

steamed broccoli doused with reduced chickenstock.

grape tomatoes with basil and grated cheese & cracked pepper, I like it with grape tomatoes whole but hubby only tolerates thick cut slices of a beefsteak type tomatoe, grate the cheese on top of the tomatoes and toast

veggie wraps, crap I forgot the name of the lettuce - um they sell the hearts? their long leaves? I make a gyoza filling (seasoned ground beef w/cabbage, garlic, soysauce etc) and instead of putting it in a wonton and frying or steaming it, I spread it on one of the lettuce leaves and we eat it that way.

spaghetti sauce is my big veggie disguise. I grate zucchini, summer squash (no rind) & carrot into it - or super finely mince it. NO ONE has ever guessed I put those veggies into it. If you buy spinach pasta - he'll be getting quite the dose of veggies! I've been toying with the idea of slicing spinach really thin and tossing those on top of hot pasta then pouring hot spaghetti sauce on top of that.

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