The secret for getting finicky eaters to happily gobble up a plate of vegetable lies in discreet and clever packaging. These 12 delicious dishes just happen to be packing a serious side of extra vegetables.
Michael Smith’s Spaghetti with Hidden Vegetable Tomato Sauce
Pasta sauce is the ultimate vehicle for smuggling veggies onto your kid’s plate and Michael Smith’s kid-friendly version has pureed spinach and carrots that are cleverly hidden in the bright red tomato sauce.
Anna Olsen’s Rich Beet Chocolate Cake
Moist and dense chocolate cake transforms from a decedent treat to what amounts to basically a health food when you add nutrient-rich beets to the mix.
Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
You’d be hard pressed to find a kid who wouldn’t be thrilled when mac and cheese is on the menu. This recipe calls for a significant amount of butternut squash to lend both creaminess and that bright orange hue kid’s love.
The only thing children love more than noodles, is noodles doused in cream sauce. In lieu of calorie-rich butter and heavy cream, this alfredo sauce gets its smooth texture and taste from cauliflower.
Sweet Potato Pancakes
The subtle sugary flavour of sweet potatoes means there’s less need to top it with calorie-packed syrup, while at the same time boasting a nutritional kick.
Giada’s Mini Chicken and Broccoli Pot Pies
Little fingers gravitate towards food that can be consumed without utensils. You’ll be happy to let them dive right in to these veggie-filled mini pies.
Cheesy Cauliflower Mash
To prepare this kid-favourite dish, trade your russets for steamed cauliflower florets and mash away. Finish it with butter, cream and even a bit of cheese and watch as the little ones happily shovel it in.
Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Serve these crowd-pleasing, super-moist chocolate muffins to your most picky eater and watch with delight as they devour the zucchini you’ve hidden inside.
Chicken and Zucchini Nuggets
There will be zero complaints when these dunkable chicken and zucchini nuggets hit the table.
Chocolate Pudding with Avocado
This rich dark chocolate pudding serves a vitamin-packed punch thanks to creamy yet-undetectable avocados and chia.
Creamy Cauliflower Rice
Cut down on the calories by replacing much of the heavy cream and butter with smooth cauliflower for a healthier version of risotto.
Savoury Cauliflower Pancakes
They may look like deep-fried hash browns, but these cleverly disguised cauliflower pancakes boast more nutrition and less fat than their potato counterparts.
Originally published on Foodnetwork.ca