Veggie smuggling isn't just for toddlers and kids, these great veggie packed ideas and recipes are great for anyone who wants to get more veggies into their diet. Try these easy techniques and recipes to get more vegetables into your meals.
Veggie smuggling isn’t just for fussy kids, it’s also a great idea when the weather is cold and you just want something cosy instead of a salad, or you just want to boost your veggie intake. And who doesn’t want to eat more vegetables?
Here are some easy recipe ideas that are great for hiding veggies from the kids and that will be helpful if you're wondering how to get more vegetable into your meals.
Cut or blitz the veggies up
This is probably the most popular method of veggie smuggling. Zucchini, carrot, pumpkin and spinach are great candidates for blitzing up and hiding in baked goods, scrambled eggs, meatloaf, sauces and even smoothies. Be careful if you're adding vegetables to recipes, since they have a high water content the wrong ratios can leave you with mushy or soupy results. Try these recipes that are developed with extra vegetables built in:
Sauces are a great way to hide vegetables. The vegetables become soft and melt into the sauce while the flavour shines. Try these pasta recipes that have plenty of extra veg incorporated into the recipe:
Mild vegetables can be easily hidden by stronger flavours. These recipes have cheeses, sauces or spices that work well with the veggies, or that help disguise their flavour for the benefit of any picky eaters.
Sometimes a new food can be an absolute vegetable-hiding gem. Try making okonomiyaki, savoury Japanese pancakes that can be cooked in a pie maker. Or what about instead of the Classic Beef Lasagne, why not try a Chicken, Spinach and Mushroom Lasagne? See more recipes that might be new to you below:
These savoury pancakes hold a surprising amount of cabbage and greens. They get coated in a light pancake batter and cooked until crisp, then topped with a tasty sauce that will disguise the veggies from even the pickiest eater.