Sneaky Vegetable Recipes: Dinners, Desserts, and more!

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September 22, 2022
Andi Gleeson

How do you feel about sneaky vegetable recipes to get veggies into your kids’ (or husband’s) food? I honestly don’t even know why this is a debate, but I guess some people feel that kids should learn to eat their vegetables in plain sight without any tricks. That’s all well and good if you have kids who will go along with that plan, but what if they don’t? My kids would go without dessert every single night if the alternative was eating a pile of kale or cauliflower.

Only the cook will know the secret of these Sneaky Vegetable Recipes!

It’s not that they don’t eat any vegetables. It’s just that the list is short and very repetitive. They’ll both eat plain salad, steamed broccoli, edamame, and raw carrots. Corn is hit and miss, and my little one will also eat tomatoes and peas. That’s pretty much it, so I’m completely onboard with getting sneaky to get a wider variety of vegetables into their diet. Pureeing cauliflower, squash, greens, or other veggies that I can smuggle into their mac and cheese or hamburger patties is about the only way I’ll get them to eat them.

If you’re on the sneaky vegetable team too, then I’ve got some new recipes to add to your playbook. There are meal and snack ideas here your family will love, and they’ll never know about the fiber and vitamins hiding in there.

Easy Potato Soup with Sneaky Cauliflower!

Cheesy Potato Soup with Sneaky Cauliflower

Secret Ingredient Healthy Banana Bread by Yummy Healthy Easy

Secret Ingredient Healthy Banana Bread by Yummy Healthy Easy

Baked Turkey Taquitos with Sneaky Squash

Baked Turkey Taquitos with Sneaky Squash

(Veggie Loaded!) Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce by The Recipe Rebel

(Veggie Loaded!) Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce by The Recipe Rebel

Mixed Berry Pineapple Smoothie (Secret Green Smoothie!) by Blahnik Baker

Mixed Berry Pineapple Smoothie (Secret Green Smoothie!) by Blahnik Baker

Cauliflower Rice by The Kitchn

Cauliflower Rice by The Kitchn

Chocolate Spinach Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting by Brooklyn Farm Girl

Chocolate Spinach Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting by Brooklyn Farm Girl

Lentil Tacos by Budget Bytes

Lentil Tacos by Budget Bytes

Dark Chocolate Protein Smoothies

Dark Chocolate Protein Smoothies (with Avocado!)

Chocolate Zucchini Cake by Mom on Timeout

Chocolate Zucchini Cake by Mom on Timeout

Looking for more ideas for picky eaters? Here are some of my go-to dinner recipes my boys will eat!

10 Kid Dinner Ideas | The Weary Chef

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

2 comments

Kelly
9 years ago

I am totally on board with sneaking in veggies any way I can. My kids are the same way and will eat a few of their favorites but of course will always choose dessert over anything else. Love all these sneaky veggie recipes :)

Andi
9 years ago

Yes, it’s amazing how kids are too full to eat their dinner but always have room for dessert. That’s my kids’ favorite too!

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