Operation covert veg!

Hayley - posted on 01/20/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Any of you Mummys out there have any awesome ideas on how the disguise veg in meals, imaginative ways of preparing/cooking them or any hidden veggi packed recipes that you've found work on your little darlings. :)

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Emily - posted on 02/01/2011

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My two love pasta with pesto, so I add grated broccoli (cooked) to it and they can't tell the difference. My daughter hates cooked carrots and peppers, but will happily eat them raw, but my son is the other way round, so sometimes it's worth trying another way of preparing things you think they don't like. 3-minute noodles are a favorite quick meal at home, but don't contain many nutrients, so I add finely-grated carrot as they're cooking, or sometimes turnip (grated really thin). It disappears in with the noodles, cooks really fast, and the flavor-sachet makes identifying the veg impossible! Once they've eaten and liked a dish already a couple times, I'll let them help me cook it, so that they can see the veg is going in it, but they know they already like the taste of the meal, so it makes them realize veggies can be good! Lol. Another thing if you're desperate to get the vitamins/minerals from fresh veg into your kids systems, is to add them into cakes or breads; carrots, parsnips, zucchinis, tomatoes... they can all be used in baking with great results!

Meghan - posted on 01/29/2011

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luckily for the most part my girls love veggies. but I know there is a book out there for ways to add them to foods they rather have. I think it's seinfields wife who makes the book.

Fiona - posted on 01/29/2011

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I grate a lot of carrot to thicken up sauces or to spread it further :D cheaper than mince :D

Keisha - posted on 01/29/2011

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My son recently discovered Rocket Ships (aka: baby carrots).. Maybe have the kiddos create edible "toys"?

Sylvia - posted on 01/20/2011

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My kid is, like, supernaturally aware of microscopic bits of foods she doesn't like, and she's squicked out by any dish that involves different foods mixed together (so forget lasagna, casseroles, omelettes, sandwiches with more than one ingredient, pizza with anything but cheese on it, etc. -- also, she won't eat macaroni cheese, any kind of soup, hamburgers or hot dogs with anything at all on them ... Astonishingly, she is a perfectly healthy, active, athletic child. I can't understand it.) So the one technique I am able to contribute to this discussion is my spaghetti sauce recipe, which goes like this:

Dice 1 medium onion and 2-3 cloves of garlic. Sauté in olive oil in a big skillet or wok until soft.

Empty 2 big tins of diced, crushed, or ground tomatoes and 1 tiny tin of tomato paste into the pan.

Add diced red/yellow/orange pepper, zucchini, carrot, or whatever else you think you can get away with. And lots and lots of dried basil, rubbed between your fingers until it's practically powder.

Stir everything together. Turn the heat right down, cover the skillet/wok, and stride briskly away. Let the sauce simmer for at least three-quarters of an hour, stirring occasionally.

When it smells done, turn off the heat and let it cool a little bit, so you don't give yourself third-degree burns at the next stage.

If you have one of those Braun Multipractic-type things, use it to purée the sauce right in the pan. If not, use a big measuring cup to scoop it into your food processor or blender and purée it in batches.

I usually make this on a Sunday and freeze it in 1-2 cup portions, which I then defrost as needed. Since we're a family of 3, I get a lot of meals out of one batch of spaghetti sauce, but obviously YMMV.

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I honestly don't believe in hiding veggies. In my opinion, it doesn't teach kids that they need to eat their veggies.



Maybe you could involve your kids in the buying and preparing of the veggies? My kids love going to the store or the farmer's market with me and picking out what veggies we're going to have for the week. My 8 year-old selects what ears of corn we buy, my 3 year-old picks out the carrots, etc. They also like helping prepare the foods - my 8 year-old is great at chopping veggies (my MIL's been teaching her how since she was 5) and the little ones (ages 3 and 23 months) love stirring anything that's cooking (with very close supervision of course).



I also involve the kids in cooking as much as I can. I think this is one of the main reasons they enjoy sitting down to eat so much. They love that they helped make it and they always feel proud to tell their daddy that they helped me cook.



Also, get some recipies that use lots of fresh veggies - homemade soups, meatloaf, etc. If you want to PM me I'll send you some of my recipies and explain how the kids help when I make it :)



Good luck!

Lesley - posted on 01/20/2011

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I was lucky....both my children love their veggies. However, there are the occasions when they get picky and all of a sudden don't like a veggie. When this happens I have to get creative. I'm not sure how old your children are but mine are grade school age. One of the things we do is make veggie pizza's. Not sure what the excitement factor is for them, but it appears I can put anything on a pizza and they will eat it! Another trick is: have them help in the kitchen. When my kids help prepare the veggies and menu they are more likely to try the food. They want to see how well they cooked. Of course it helps to commend them on their great cooking talent because they want everyone to try their food. Another trick up my sleeve is: when I make a meal, I try to make it really colorful. Different colored veggies. This really works great with a salad or cold veggie platter. Then we play a game...who can eat the most of each color. This always goes over well. And lastly, it appears that if there is some type of dip for raw veggies.....kids will eat veggies. I always keep fresh cut veggies in the ice box and homemade ranch dip. The kids will go in when they want a snack and just munch. I also don't worry about them eating junk food because this is always available to them.

Karen - posted on 01/20/2011

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Cut them small and put them in pasta sauce when you make pasta..

Anything can be made good with some cheese.



However, I used to put just the number of veggies on his plate as my son age. Told him he had just to eat them and no more. After doing this for about 6 months he started asking for more veggies as he was done. Now he loves them. A little butter and garlic and he's good to go.



Hang in there it will get better.

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