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Vegetables are rich in all kinds of vitamins and minerals. They are an important aspect of our diets due to the nutritional value they impart to the body. Each type of vegetable is unique, with different flavors and nutritional values. Eating vegetables offers a healthy way to get vitamins and minerals without using supplements. However, every parent understands the trouble they have to go through whenever they want their children to eat vegetables. Fortunately, you can hide them in the foods they like and they will eat it without knowing. There are many ways of incorporating vegetables into your kid's diet.
Pureed vegetable contain all of the whole nutrients and they can be sneaked in foods with sauces, like pasta. Cook veggies in the steamer or microwave until mushy. Now puree them in your blender till smooth. You can mix the resulting puree into sauces for any food. But make sure the vegetable color matches the sauce color. For example, if you are serving cheese and macaroni, stir in squash or carrot puree. Beets puree can be added to marinara sauce while mash cooked cauliflower can be mixed into Alfredo sauce. When starting, you can use one part of veggie puree to four parts of sauce. Increase this ratio gradually till the children start to notice.
Soups are another great way to hide vegetables for kids. For example, cauliflower puree can be used to thicken creamy soups, like chowders. Don’t use a lot of cream to compensate. Chop other vegetables into fine pieces and then add them to the soup. You child is less likely to see the veggies if they are cut into smaller pieces and floating together with other ingredients in the soup.
Any ground meat dish can be a perfect vehicle for vegetables. Use a food processor or box grater to grate fresh veggies such as carrots, broccoli, squash or beets. Mix them with ground meat and then shape into meatballs, meat loaves or hamburger patties. The same technique can be used when making meat-based casseroles or shaping sausage patties.
Just as a banana bread adds a fruit to the sweet breakfast bread, vegetables can also be used to make bread. Grate carrots or zucchini and use them to make a bread or cake from your favorite recipe. Before cooking waffle batter or pancake, fold grated beets, carrots or zucchini into the batter. You can name the resulting breakfast as confetti cakes because the shredded veggies will add some color to the pancakes. For grilled cheese pizzas or sandwiches, spread veggie puree or thinly sliced veggies over bread before topping with cheese. The kids will never realize that their sandwich or pizza has vegetables in it.
With these tips, your kids will not miss out on essential nutrients associated with vegetables. Overtime, you can increase the quantity of vegetables in the kids’ foods so that they notice them and begin to appreciate how delicious and essential they are.