10 Kid-Friendly Recipes Full of Hidden Vegetables
Getting picky kids to eat vegetables can make the dinner table feel more like a battlefield. You want them to eat broccoli; they want to eat macaroni. Make everything easier (and tastier) for the whole family by whipping up some veggie-packed dishes that everyone will enjoy. But, of course, you don't have to tell the kids these recipes have hidden vegetables. From cauliflower-crust pizzas to beet muffins, these are our 10 favorite recipes that are hiding a load of vegetables in each bite. (Shh, we won't tell!)
Pub-Style Vegetarian Chili
Mushrooms, carrots, celery, and bell pepper pack into this vegetarian chili. To be sneaky, either finely dice the vegetables, or purée them after step one when they're cooked through.
Whole Wheat Blueberry Beet Muffins
"Made this recipe although I thought my kids would never eat this," says Kat005. "Muffins just came out of the oven and I have to hide them from my children (made it for school lunches). They LOVE IT!"
Chef John's Cauliflower Pizza Crust
A whole head of cauliflower goes into this veggie-packed pizza crust recipe. Goat cheese and Parmigiano-Reggiano add creamy richness, while an egg acts as the binder. Bake with your family's favorite toppings for a healthy dinner.
Hidden Veggie Meatloaf
Recipe creator 1154 Carnahan says, "Yummiest meatloaf I've ever tasted. It has so much flavor and stays very moist. Everyone I've served it to loves it. My kids go crazy over it and don't realize they are consuming veggies."
Hidden Veggie Marinara Sauce for Kids
Veggie Sneak In Meatballs
"I've made this two times and it is a hit with my kids," says Lisa Recipe Diva. "They are so good that they are my preferred meatball now."
Sneak-Em In Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Finely chopped veggies like broccoli, zucchini, and bell pepper are hidden in a layer of Cheddar for these sneaky grilled cheeses. If you're worried about the texture being a give away, sauté the vegetables before assembling the sandwiches.
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Sweet butternut squash was meant to be paired with gooey cheese and hearty noodles. Lightly mash the roasted veggie before incorporating into the creamy sauce.
Healthier Sloppy Joes
This kid-friendly favorite is made sneaky with finely chopped carrots, celery, and onions. For extra hidden vegetables, run each through the food processor before cooking.
Nancy's Baked Spaghetti Squash
Recipe creator Jenny says, "Even my two young sons love this dish, despite their aversion to all things vegetable! Delicious served with a green salad and crusty bread."