2 Delicious Ways to Sneak Veggies Into Kids’ Fave Foods
Children are often fussy eaters, and some will even pick out grated and diced veggies from pie fillings and pasta sauce, which makes maintaining their diets healthy a headache. As a parent, you want to make sure your child is getting the right nutrition, and that they are training their taste buds to eat more than just plain processed chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese.
Training children’s palate is a long and continuous process. It helps tremendously if your child has access to a garden, or if you take them to the fruit and vegetable shop, and get them involved in the process of planting, picking, and preparing vegetables. But it still takes time and an enormous amount of patience to get it done.
To help you get some more vitamins and nutrients in your kid’s diet while you’re still working to persuade them to try new foods, we have a few easy recipes that undetectably incorporate veggies to some all-time kids’ favourites.
Beef Patties or Meatballs
What you’ll need:
- 2 kg minced beef
- 1 large onion, finely chopped or grated
- 2 garlic cloves, grated
- 2 medium zucchini, finely grated
- 1 large carrot, finely grated
- 1 bunch parsley, chopped
- 1 tsp ground paprika
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
How to do it:
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix them well – use your hands!
- Form into patties or meatballs.
- Heat a frying pan or grill over medium heat, and cook them for 4 minutes each side.
- This recipe will make plenty of patties or meatballs, so once you’ve cooked enough patties for your family, place the remaining in a resealable bag. You can either keep them in the fridge, if you plan on cooking them soon, or you can freeze them up to two months.
What you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable or coconut oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups finely grated zucchini (approx. 2 medium zucchini) – do not squeeze the moisture out
- 1 cup of chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp. pure icing sugar
How to do it:
- Pre-heat oven to 180C or 160C for fan-forced ovens.
- Line a medium square cake tin with baking paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs.
- Sift in the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, and salt. Note this will be very dry.
- Stir in the grated zucchini and chocolate chips, until well combined.
- Pour into the tin and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
- Wait for it to cool, sift the icing sugar, and cut into squares.
At The Brook Early Education and Care, we ensure your children are provided with tasty and nutritious foods every day, so we encourage parents to keep up the good work in introducing veggies and fruits to the little ones’ diets.
Try out our fun and colourful recipes for Emoji Frittatas and Pinwheel Sandwiches that your kids will surely love.
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