There is nothing more excruciating than trying to get a fussy eater to eat vegetables. And having almost four years of experience on the picky eating front it’s given me plenty of time to experiment with foods you can sneak vegetables into. Here I’ve put together some of my favourite foods you can get cunning with – good luck with the experimenting!
….some of my faves here include super finely chopped spinach, or grated carrot or courgette – egg really can be the master of disguise! Perfect for a hearty breakfast of light lunch.
…yup! These are amazing deceivers…you can make sweet potato pancakes, carrot pancakes, pumpkin pancakes and even get away with spinach so long as you give the veg a good blitz with the blender first! Take a look at some of my fave pancake combos here.
Rice just doesn’t have to be rice. Winners to add in to rice whilst cooking include grated carrot, courgette, cubes of pumpkin which can be mashed in later and I’ve even been known to add beetroot puree in on occasion!
Combined with bananas it’s amazing what you can fool with this baby. My recent experiment of banana, courgette and aubergine (yes really!) breakfast bread went down a storm.
This one is a no brainer, but honestly, if you’re not already sneaking veggies into this then what a missed opportunity. Be sure to blend it up thoroughly for a powered up family dinner.
Meatballs & burgers
So long as it’s shredded there’s lots you can get away with inside a meatball or burger mix – sweet potato, courgette, carrot and parsnip just for starters….
Beetroot, aubergine, avocado and sweet potato all make really good bases for smoodgy brownies! If you’re shy start off with sweet potato brownies as these are hard to get wrong.
Ok I think expecting kids to eat spiralized veggie noodles on their own is probably a bit far fetched but have some noodle-fied vegetables mixed in WITH the noodles, now we’re talking! Lots of different options to play with here.
Mash doesn’t have to be plain old white potatoes, mix it in with super soft carrots, cauliflower, sweet potato or pumpkin.
There is something about the smoodgy factor of quesidillas which means you can sneak in veggies where otherwise there is no way they would pass their lips – mashed avocado and shredded spinach pass off without a flinch!
Ok this is not so much sneaking but making them seem like something they are not. Home baked root vegetable crisps with some sweet potato, courgette or parsnip is a cunning way to fool them into eating healthy crisps.
So long as the veg is hidden under their favourite topping, this will usually be enough so fool most fussy eaters so long as the consistency is right (read blended or very finely shredded)
Classic spag bol is the perfect rouse to get a load of veggies into little and for super fussy ones it can be part blended with a hand blender so disguise. Think courgettes, carrots, aubergines and anything else you might throw into a spag bol!
No we’re not talking insanely bad for your puddings but if there is only one way I have managed to get my whole family to eat avocado no questions asked it’s in this chocolate avocado pudding!
Forget blah! porridge introducing yummy porridge made with pumpkin or sweet potato puree….goes down a treat with a good dash of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey in the morning!
Have you tried any of the above to sneak veggies into your resident picky eater/s? What other ideas do you have to suggest? Do leave a comment below and share.
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