Hiding Veggies

Jeanne - posted on 02/17/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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HI, my kids do not eat veggies, ok so I don't really etheir. Does anyone have any yummy recipies that I can hide veggies in? Muffins, bars, anything? Thanks

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I never had this problem, but if you use your search engine for fruit/ veggie muffins, breads, etc. You will find many recipes. I did this and have made cookies, cakes, & muffins. My kids as well as everyone else who tried them....fell in love. Best of Luck!

Yvette - posted on 06/13/2009

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By the way, don't tell your kids what you've put in there or even let them see you do it or believe me next time they won't eat it (from my experience). I NEVER tell.

Yvette - posted on 06/13/2009

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Tricking definitely works - Try Jessica Seinfeld's "Deceptively Delicious" cookbook the chocolate chip cookies are excellent & so are the mashed potatoes. You can add pureed vegetables in any spaghetti sauce. There is also a recipe for donuts in there that is excellent. I make the chocolate cupcakes into donuts as well then frost them & put sprinkles. My kids have no idea ha ha. If you go to the website allrecipes.com you will find a delicious recipe for "Zucchini Brownies" that are so decadent. Good luck!

Lindsey - posted on 05/19/2009

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I put pureed sweet potatoes in mac n cheese to try and get my 22 month old to eat more veggies than just broccoli...didn't work! AT ALL. BUT, pureed pears-he ate like he eats apple sauce AND it was just the pears, nothing added to them at all! One point for me, I guess! I have also tried the chick pea choc chip cookies-a friend made them-couldn't even taste the chick peas!!! They were amazing!!

How are the recipes in DD? Quick and easy?

Brenda - posted on 05/19/2009

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I used "Deceptively Delicious" and made the chicken nugget recipe. I used pureed broccoli. Didn't care for it that much. Anyone else try the recipe with a different veggie? I have the book, but haven't cooked much from it.

Louise - posted on 05/19/2009

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thanks for the ideas my daughter is a right fuss pot with veg she only eats carrots/mash potatoe/ raw mushrooms. nothing green is what my daughter says! lol i,m gona get myself a blender and get sneaky in the kitchen! lol x

Carolyn - posted on 05/18/2009

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Have you ever heard of a cook book called "The Sneaky Chef" by Missy Chase Lapine? I hear it's an amazing book. She puts veggies and stuff like that in everything. blueberries in chocolate muffins, cauliflower in Mac and Cheese, spagetti and meatballs with 8 veggies in them. Here's a link for you to see the book: http://kidsmartshop.com/store/scripts/pr...

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Carrot Muffins or Cupcakes (you use banana's too!)
These things rock BIG TIME!!! A friend of mine gave me her recipe.

1 C Sugar
2/3 C Veg Oil
2 tsp Vanilla
3 Very Ripe Bananas ( less mashing )
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Ground All spice
1 tsp Salt
1 3/4 C Flour
3 C Shredded Carrots
1 C Walnuts ( optional )
1/2 C Shredded Coconut

OPTIONAL ICING
8 oz Room temp Cream Cheese
3/4 C Confectioners Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
( optional ) 1/2 C Shredded Coconut

1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees Oil 2 standard 12 cup muffin tins and coat with sugar. If you prefer, you can line with paper liners instead.

2. In a bowl combine Sugar, Veg Oil, Vanilla and Bananas

3. Stir in Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Ground All Spice and Salt. Add Flour, & mix. Stir in Carrots, Walnuts, & Shredded Coconut.

4. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.

5. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. About 25 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.

OPTIONAL ICING

6. Combine Cream Cheese, Confectioners Sugar, & Vanilla.. Whisk until smooth.

7. Frost cupcakes, and garnish with Shredded, Toasted Coconut.

Shannon - posted on 02/22/2009

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Try putting cheese on everything..i love cheese! lol try it..you never know.

Shantelle - posted on 02/22/2009

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Quoting Darlene:

I too have "Deceptively Delicious" and one thing I always do is mix the pureed cauliflower in with mashed potatoes. The boys actually ask for more. And I've tried the chocolate chip cookies made with chick peas - I had to freeze them to keep them from eating them all in a day!

& I too have recently started shredding/grating carrots or cauliflower and adding it here and there. Any little bit helps us all...



It's good to hear what recipes others have tried....I am now game to try the chick pea cookies! 

Raana - posted on 02/18/2009

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I spent the afternoon making purees - for my seven month old and for recipes in deceptively delicious.  I've tried adding butternut squash to french toast and that worked well.  A friend has made the spinach brownies and the peanut butter and banana muffins with cauliflower.  They tasted great!



 

Bonnie - posted on 02/17/2009

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woah..**** thats was supposed to say chocolate muffins or cake..lol my keyboard must be acting up haha

Bonnie - posted on 02/17/2009

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i ALWAYS add as many veggies as i can to my spaghetti sauce..i just gratethem..just the other day for the first time i chopped them and it was the first time my huby even noticed how much veg was in it haha..another sneaky thing..grated beets in choloate or cake...makes it soo moist and good!!

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I too have "Deceptively Delicious" and one thing I always do is mix the pureed cauliflower in with mashed potatoes. The boys actually ask for more. And I've tried the chocolate chip cookies made with chick peas - I had to freeze them to keep them from eating them all in a day!



& I too have recently started shredding/grating carrots or cauliflower and adding it here and there. Any little bit helps us all...

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When I cook ground chicken/turkey/beef, I add chopped carrots, potatoes and peas to the meat while it's cooking.



 



I make sandwiches/wraps with cream cheese, shredded carrots, cucumber, lettuce and craisens.

Mary Beth - posted on 02/17/2009

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Zucchini Bread is a big hit in my house. Here's my recipe (adapted from one I found on allrecipes.com):



3 eggs

1/2 cup veggie oil (I like canola)

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 cup sugar

1 cup splenda (you can just do 2 cups sugar if you're uncomfortable with artificial sweetners)

2 cups grated zucchini

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 cup white flour

2 cups whole wheat flour

3 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts



Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 2 8x4 loaf pans. In a large bowl, beat eggs until light & frothy. Mix in oil, applesauce, sugar, and splenda. Stir in zucchini and vanilla. Combine flours, cinnamon, baking soda & powder, salt, and nuts in separate bowl. Combine the mixtures and blend well. Divide batter into pans. Bake 60-70 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely. You can freeze one of the loaves by wrapping it (after cooling) in saran wrap and then foil.



Yum!

Rose - posted on 02/17/2009

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You can try hiding veggies in spaghetti sauce.  Cook them until tender then puree them and stir into the sauce.  Not only are you getting veggies into your kiddies but it will stretch the sauce, saving money at the same time :)

Shantelle - posted on 02/17/2009

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I have recently bought a book called 'Deceptively Delicious' by Jessica Seinfeld. I've tried a few recipes and it's great. It involves pureeing vegies and adding them into cooking. It's very 'kid-friendly' (nuggets, mac & cheese etc) and healthy. My fussy partner doesn't even know he eats it! I can't taste it and I know it's there. It becomes easier if you do it alot, because you can do a pureeing session one afternoon and freeze them.

There are also a few similar books in the same section of the bookstore.

I also suggest to still offer vegies as well, so they learn good habits :)

I will post a couple of popular ones a little later if you like.

Teyaka - posted on 02/17/2009

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My step dad use to add sugar to all veggies so my brothers would eat them. He made them really sweet. But I wouldn't recommend added too much sugar because that would defeat the purpose of healthy food.



But I believe in tricking kids. I also have a recipe for sweet potatoe pie, it's sweet and once they eat it... Tell them it was all veggie and work from there.



 



1 frozen pillsbury pie crust (recommend the one from freezer section)



1 big sweet potatoe (can subsitute with a yam)



1 cup sugar



1 tsp vanilla



1 Tsp cinnimon



1 egg



Milk



Preheat oven to 350



Boil the sweet potatoe till you can stick a fork through with no problem. It is easier to peel the skin off after the potatoe is boiled. Mix the potatoe, egg, cinnimon, and vanilla in a bowl. Add the milk, there isn't a set measurement on it because it's to your likeing. You want the filling to be a little loose but not runny. Pour filling into pie crust, and then place in oven for 1 hour and 15 min. You want the filling to set and the crust to be brown. If the crust isn't brown, leave it in the oven till does and check every 10 to 15 min.



Let it cool. Then eat!



*If it's hard to slide a piece out then the pie isn't done and needs to go back in the oven for a while.



 



If the kids really like it let them help you the next time you make it.

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