Sneaking Veggies into your Kids’ Food

Long time readers know that I’ve been on a quest to get my kids to eat more fruits and veggies since they were old enough to hold a spoon.

I have a few kids who love them and request them and I have a few kids who would rather pick weeds in a rock garden on a hot summer day than eat a vegetable.

Thankfully, I’ve figured out ways to get those healthy veggies into their foods without them noticing.

Smoothies

My favorite way to get more veggies into their diet is smoothies. I’ve decided that bananas mask the taste of just about everything else so I’m able to throw in spinach, carrots, and even beets into a smoothie and they love it.

The smoothies taste great and my kids are getting a ton of healthy fruits and vegetables and they think they are drinking a milkshake.

Casseroles

Another great way to get fruits and veggies in your kids food is via casseroles. Casseroles are cheap, easy to make, and can be made in advance. Making meals in advance is a big time saver for busy moms and even a better deal when you can make them healthy.

You can add shredded carrots, zucchini, or peas (not shredded) to almost any casserole without changing the taste.

Pasta

My kids could eat pasta every day of the week, the love it! Not only can you add puree’d veggies to the sauce you can also toss in almost any type of chopped or shredded  vegetable to the pasta. Our favorite toss ins are spinach, peppers, shredded carrots, and zucchini.

You can also layer in vegetables in lasagna or mix with the ricotta cheese in stuffed pasta dishes.

vegetable lasagna

Soup

I have a Blend-tec which does an amazing job of puree’ing just about anything. I frequently steam vegetables, and then puree them and add them to soups.

You can add just about any puree’d vegetable to potato soup, but our favorites are cauliflower and carrots.

You can also dice up vegetables and add them to soups, most vegetables take on the flavor of the broth and the kids don’t even notice them.

Pizza

We eat a lot of pizza. We eat it at least once a week, sometimes more often. I’ve found that if you shred vegetables you can add them to the topping of pizza without anyone making a fuss.

Another way to sneak in some veggies is to have a make your own pizza night. Offer several topping options (including some chopped or shredded veggies) and let your kids decorate their pizzas.

I’ve also added shredded veggies to our pizza crust. Just mix in spinach, shredded carrots or zucchini to the dough. The spinach turns the dough a light green color which is really fun!

Muffins

Muffins are another great make ahead food and can be filled with just about anything. One of my kids’ most requested muffin is zuchinni muffins. These are great to make during the summer when zucchini is cheap, freeze the extra for later.

I’ve always tried to figure out creative and fun ways to get my kids to eat more vegetables and sometimes adding them to their meals without making a big deal about it (aka sneaking) works best for us.

muffins

For more ideas and recipe inspiration for sneaking veggies into your kids food check out my pinterest board.

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This article was sponsored by Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital. Get It Early On Digital Today! On Blu-ray Combo Pack Jan 28. All opinions on vegetables are my own.

 


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How to Be Gluten Free: Free Kindle Download

My wonderful friend (and editor here on The Happy Housewife!), Linda from The Gluten-Free Homemaker, is offering her brand new eBook FREE as a Kindle download today!

how to be gluten free

How to Be Gluten Free was written to give hope, encouragement, and practical steps for anyone living a Gluten-Free lifestyle for any reason!  In the 10 chapters included in this eBook, there are “ten steps to take in the process of living gluten-free, starting with the most basic but very important step of facing emotions. Giving up food is a grieving process for many, and acknowledging that is the first step to handling it successfully. The remaining steps are more practical in nature and help people learn what they need to know to successfully buy and prepare gluten-free food, supplements, and personal care products as well as eat out safely, and connect with others.”

Linda has also included a couple of gluten-free recipes in the Appendix to get you started.

Download your free copy of How to Be Gluten Free today!

If you don’t have a Kindle, then you can still download these free eBooks to your smart phone or computer. All you need to do is download one of Amazon’s free reading apps.

Remember that Amazon prices fluctuate constantly, so verify the price before purchasing.


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How to Cut Warm Brownies – So they don’t fall apart

Everyone knows the best brownies are served warm right from the oven. But have you ever tried to cut a warm brownie? You end up with a mess of brownie goop and crumbs!

A few months ago I learned (from my mom, I think) how to cut a pan of warm brownies with almost no mess and you end up with perfect squares. Well I guess the perfect square this depends on your ability to draw straight lines, but anyway. Cutting warm brownies is easy when you use a plastic knife.

how to cut warm brownies

When you use a plastic knife brownie crumbs won’t stick to it and you get your nice crumb free squares. The knife will melt a little so you can’t reuse it, but it’s plastic so it isn’t a huge deal.

Now, go bake some brownies!

 


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Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead and Freeze Cookbook Giveaway

I remember when I got my first freezer cooking cookbook. The process seemed overwhelming and many of the dishes were things my family probably wouldn’t eat.

But the bottom line is, I need freezer cooking to stay sane. When my fifth baby was born I was worried my family wouldn’t eat. I made and froze 45 meals before my due date. Those meals lasted my family over two months! Freezer cooking works, but how can it work for you?

My friend Jessica has written a book that will help beginners get started and seasoned chefs add new recipes to their freezer rotation. Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook will be available in October and should be your go-to guide for all things freezer cooking!

What makes this cookbook better?

A quick start section.

If you are like me, you don’t want to wade through pages and pages of information just to start. I want just the facts so I can get started and I’ll read the details later.

Cooking plans to fit a variety of schedules.

You don’t have to just make and freeze dinners! In this book, breakfasts, vegetarian, meat, and tips for creating your own plan are all included!

Fresh ingredients.

With my new fitness and eating plan I’m trying to avoid recipes that are heavy on the canned goods, especially all those cream of mushroom soup recipes! Jessica’s book uses fresh, healthy ingredients that your family will enjoy.

Tips for taking your freezer cooking on the road. 

Do you know how much money you can save by making your meals on vacation? With freezer meals you can still feel like you are on vacation because all the work is already done.

Desserts.

Need I say more?

There are over 200 recipes in this cookbook, so you definitely want to add this to your Christmas list or give it as a gift!

You can preorder Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook on Amazon, or you can win one right here! Just leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook

Giveaway ends Monday, September 24, 2012.

 

 


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