Hidden Veggies

Erin - posted on 09/06/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I am looking for some ideas of meals to add pureed veggies to that my boys will actually eat. The only vegetables I can get them to eat is corn and potatoes - not the best choices. My youngest does love carrots, and the oldest will SOMETIMES eat brocoli and cauliflower but that is it. I am adding purees to spaghetti sauce and shepards pie, but need some new ideas. If anyone has any recieps for baked goods with vegetable purees in them that would be super fantastic :)

Or anyother ideas to hide veggies. Currently my kids eat Veggie Sticks as a snack instead of chips, and I do sometimes buy the fruit juice with the vegetables in it, but always looking for new ideas

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JuLeah - posted on 09/06/2010

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All good ideas. Allow them to grow their own garden and harvest their own veggies. Many kids like that idea. My daughter's pre-school grew a pizza garden, so it was in the shape of a circle, and contained tomatos, peppers, onions, broc ... all things you might put on a pizza

Buy a juicer. Many kids love making veggie juice.

Let them see you eating veggies

Take them to the farmers market

'Cause you are right ... corn and potatoes are not veggies at all, they are a starch.

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Tracy - posted on 09/06/2010

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My kids love most veggies, but I still hide them when I get the chance. I'll puree beets and spinach for my chili. I finely dice zucchini and yellow squash to add to meatloaf. So not only do they get the broccoli they love, they also get other veggies they can be a bit picky about. Once we're in a permanent home and not this crappy rental, we're doing a garden. I've already noticed they eat better when they get a hand in preparing dinner, so I figure if they get to grow part of it too.... I also do a lot of stir fries, with tons of veggies. They love that!

Jane - posted on 09/06/2010

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This is a major hit in our family. I found this recipe years ago when I was going low carb but now, we eat it just because we like it.

http://www.lowcarbluxury.com/recipes/rec...

Also, when making meatloaf, use less breadcrumbs and throw in grated zuchini to help bind instead. You cannot tell the zuchini is in there.

Hdlb123 - posted on 09/06/2010

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I was against hiding veggies too...until my second daughter was born. She will not eat a veggie no matter what we do. We grew a garden, she helps to prepare them, we give her nothing but them, we give her dips... it doens't matter. Unless it is pureed or in a sauce she will not eat it. We found the book "The Sneaky Chef" It has 4 basic purees in it and a ton of recipes, its totally worth buying.

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I don't hide veggies. In my opinion, it doesn't teach my kids healthy eating habits. Like JuLeah said, we have our own veggie garden that the kids help plat, tend, and harvest and they love it. They eat the mini tomatoes right off the vine as well as the snap peas and the strawberries (okay, okay, not veggies, but super yummy and easy to grow! lol). They also each get to help pick a veggie from the food stand at the farmer's market when we go. That way they get their favorite veggie (sometimes to snack on for the ride home!) and they have fun looking at everything and choosing their own. Another thing we do is always eat veggies in front of them. If I have a snack choice of chocolate or carrots, I will choose the carrots (even though they gove me a stomach ache) if the kids are right there (if they're napping, it's the chocolate hands down though! lol).

Just try different things. We also put cheese on veggies sometimes (the kids LOVE cheese covered brocoli!) and we also saute the veggies in butter sometimes because that makes them a little tastier and softer.

Good luck! :)

Tracey - posted on 09/06/2010

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I have a real good idea! I put pure vegs. in pancakes. No one has a clue to it. I also put peanutbutter on them. Peanutbutter and honey, (No honey for children under 2 years of age) I let them put sprinkles to what ever season we are in to get them to the table faster too. It also uses up all of my leftover cookie decorations. Hope this was helpful.

Amy - posted on 09/06/2010

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I don't know how to hide them in food but we have a rule with my 4 year old son, and the dr is the one that gave us the idea. Because he's 4 he has to take 4 bites of something before he says he doesn't like it. I do this at every meal to get him to eat foods he wouldn't normally eat. I now have him eating healthier....it just took time and patience, and after awhile you can sneak in extra bites when they stop paying attention to what bite their on!

Iridescent - posted on 09/06/2010

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Spaghetti. Lasagna. Sweet potato fries (use powdered sugar and/or cinnamon on top), call them fries, very sweet and good. We were also told to put them into a fruit smoothie, and gradually reduce the fruit amounts and increase the texture so it's more and more veggie as veggie not puree.

Medic - posted on 09/06/2010

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MEATLOAF!!!!!!!! It works on husbands too!! haha. hmmmmm what else..........pasta sauce, you can make dips out of them, hide them in pizzas, and I can't think anymore.

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