Secret veggie ideas for kids

Kiddies and veggies seem to go together as well as oil and water and there are days that he or she won’t eat them no matter how many aeroplanes dives you do or how many promises you make to give them their favourite treat or let them watch their favourite movie those veggies aren’t going anywhere except on the floor, in the bin, or my personal favourite on you with a giggle… aren’t they just the cutest!

So, I came up with a Summer idea as well as a Winter idea to help disguise these dreaded veggies into something kiddies couldn’t see but they are there… but shhhh it’s our secret! All these recipes ideas are tried and tested on my own little one, so I know he’s getting in these veggies somehow!

For Summer try:

Avocado Lollies

While avocadoes are technically a fruit, I couldn’t resist including these beautifully creamy lollies.  Some of you might think OH YUCK!  But I promise you they are divine. Made with avocadoes, any medium fat yogurt, lime and a touch of vanilla, kiddies and even mommies won’t be able to get enough.

I have found that substituting the avo for any other veggie e.g. carrots, butternut, sweet potato, broccoli and baby marrow works well and or any fruit try it maybe it will work for you! Some veggies need a little water to make them mushy and completely liquid! My son asked for more.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Small ripe avocados stoned and peeled
  • Juice 2 limes
  • 250ml Natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp honey or syrup

Method:

Tip all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth. Taste and judge the sweetness. Pour into Lolly moulds and freeze overnight.

For Winter try:

Macaroni and cheese

Macaroni and cheese is always a winner with children. It is the ultimate comfort food for kids and adults alike. The brilliant thing about this recipe is that this is a much healthier macaroni and cheese because it is packed with veggies. You just can’t see them.

Believe it or not but there are 4 veggies hidden in here.

Tomato, Onion, finely chopped, Cauliflower, Cauliflower puree completely disappears into the cheese sauce, Baby marrow. I know you are looking at the photo and thinking but there is no green. Well for the very picky eater one way to start with courgette is too peel it, as the white just disappears into the sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cup uncooked pasta (macaroni, penne, spirals etc)
  • 400g Cauliflower (approx. half a small cauliflower)
  • 2 Medium baby marrow
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) butter or your preferred oil
  • 2 Tbsp plain flour
  • 1 Medium onion finely diced
  • 2 Rashers of streaky bacon finely diced or any meat if you want
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 Cup grated cheese

Method:

Make your mac and cheese as you normally would. But in cheese sauce, add your pureed veggies. Enjoy!

Contributed by Tammy Marechal of Clamber Club Babies – Pietermaritzburg
Tel: 072 257 9230
Email: pmbbabies@clamberclub.com
Website: www.clamberclub.com

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