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Three Sneaky Tricks To Get Your Kids To Eat Vegetables

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If you have a kid that likes vegetables, then this post is not for you, although you might like the recipes. If you have a kid like mine who HATES vegetables and just wants to eat the standard trashy kid fare, then here are three tricksy recipes to get at least some nutrients into them.

Kale Chips

I made these the other day. I filled up a bowl with kale chips and sat on the couch crunching them and didn't offer any to my toddler. "I want some chips!" She hollered at me. Faux-reluctantly I handed one over for her to try. She ended up eating the entire bowl, despite their vibrant green shade. To make them, cut the ribs out of a bunch of kale leaves and lightly coat with olive oil and salt. Bake on parchment paper at 250 degrees for about 20-23 minutes, until totally crispy.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Chop a head of cauliflower into chunks and process in the food processor until the chunks are smaller than a grain of rice. Put the pureed bits into a microwave safe bowl for 4 minutes to cook. Allow to cool, and then dump the cauliflower into a clean hand towel and squeeze the whole thing until water stops pouring out (there will be quite a bit of water). Mix 1 tsp each of oregano, basil and salt into a bowl with the cauliflower. Mix in 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan and 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella and 1 egg. Spread the "dough" on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet into a pizza circle, about 1/4 inch thick. Bake just the dough at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and add your pizza toppings, bake again until the cheese is bubbly.

Carrot Fritters

I must warn you- these are disgustingly good fried blobs of dough. However, since they technically have carrots in them they fit into this sneaky veggies category.  I made these the other night. My kid had 3, I think I ate 17 of them.  Mix 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup milk, 2 tbsp minced scallions, 1 tsp parsley flakes, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp each salt, pepper and thyme, 1 cup of grated carrots. The dough should be on the wetter side, not like a bread dough. Drop the dough by tablespoons  into hot oil and fry, flipping over until both sides are golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Do you have any "Sneaky" recipes?


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by on Jul. 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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SweetLuci
by Silver Member on Jul. 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM
1 mom liked this

 

Zucchini and Carrot Spice Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
1 1/2 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 375 . Sift together flour, baking soda, spices and salt into large bowl. In separate bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Combine dry and wet ingredients. Add zucchini and carrots and pecans, Mix until just moistened. Divide batter into greased muffin tins. Bake about 18-20 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Notes: They don't rise up much when baked, so fill muffin tins completely to the top. Makes 24 muffins. They are very moist.


Quoting Nighttiger:

I need that recipe! Our zucchini plants are going nuts. I'm going to need all kinds of new ways to cook them :)

Quoting SweetLuci:

 I have a great recipe for carrot-zucchini muffins that kids love. I also like to put fresh spinach in smoothies, you can;t taste it.

 

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