Hidden Vegetable Recipes for Kids

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Trouble Getting Enough Vegetables in?

It is one thing to teach our children the importance of eating vegetables, and another thing to actually get them to eat veggies and enjoy them. While it is best to encourage children to change their eating habits to include more vegetables, sometimes you might have to resort to hiding vegetables in foods as an easy way to get nutritious food into their daily lives.

Below are some recipes with hidden vegetables in them, perfect for your sometimes fussy eaters:

Sweet Potato and Peach Smoothie (recipe from www.easycookingwithmolly.com)

Ingredients:

1 Large Sweet Potato – cooked & mashed
2 Medium Fresh Peach – chopped
1 Cup Milk – use vegan options if need be
½ Cup Ice – OPTIONAL
1 Tsp Fresh Ginger
Pinch of Cinnamon
Pinch of Salt

Directions:

1. Place all the above ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.
2. Transfer in Glass and serve chilled

Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese (recipe from www.soyummy.com)

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cup carrots chopped
1 ¼ cup Butternut squash
2 boxes macaroni
2 cups cheese of your choosing
1 cup whole milk or milk substitute

Directions:

1.  Pour 6 cups of water into a large pot and bring to a boil. Pour in macaroni.
 2. Take a large sieve and place it on top of the large pot where the macaroni is cooking. Add carrots and butternut squash. Cover with a lid and let boil/steam for 15 minutes
3.  Drain macaroni and place the pot back onto the burner. Using your sieve and a rubber spatula, begin mashing carrots and butternut squash through the sieve. You should have a purée in the large pot. If your sieve is too fine, you can always blend the veggies and then add them back to the pot.
4. Add milk and stir constantly, then add cheese blend and continue to stir until all ingredients are well mixed.
5.  Add cooked macaroni and mix. Let cool and serve.

 

On Sunday July 28 our POP Club kids will be learning new and interesting facts about their favourite vegetables found at market. Learn more about the POP Club here and visit us at the market to register.

The POP Club is a farmer’s market-based kids program. Children (ages 5 – 12 years old) will learn about fruits and vegetables, local food systems and healthy food preparation through fun activities all season long.

Each week children will earn a $3 market token to use towards any fruit or vegetable of their choice. There is no cost to participate and the program runs every Sunday rain or shine!

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