Hiding Vegetables

Recently the 3yo has stopped eating all fruit and vegetables apart from the odd over boiled carrot and grapes so I have taken to hiding vegetables in most his meals! . He does inform us that he likes tomato ketchup and that tomatoes are a vegetable (I know fruit but I am picking my battles carefully these days!) Cue the concerns that I am bringing up a malnourished child who will suffer in later life blah blah. However he loves meat and especially mince we got me thinking about creating dishes that are packed with vegetables but minced up into such a fine state that once cooked down they really wouldn’t be noticeable.

I have always had a Kenwood Mini Chopper which was a really useful piece of kit when weaning as you could make food in small batches. They are a real bargain and would recommend anyone about to start the weaning process to invest in one.

kenwood mini chopper

Now we try to create family meals though with us all eating the same food. This can be hard with husband who works anti-social hours running the pub and a young man that seems to be forever wanting food (just not veg). This prompted me to visit our local catalogue store to purchase a food processor and blender on a more family friendly scale. After a bit of deliberation, basically the price point and what was in stock I opted for a Wahl Food Processor and couldn’t wait to get blitzing. Yesterday was the great unveiling of this new machine’s super powers to get G back onto vegetables. I threw in nearly every vegetable I had to hand including;

carrots, courgettes, red peppers, onion, celery, and cherry tomatoes.

vegetables in chopper

A few minutes in the blitzer and we went from this to this……..

chopped vegetables

I added about half to the bolognaise I was making and put the other half in a Tupperware container in the fridge to use up in meals throughout the week. The bolognaise was a hit and was wolfed down so am hoping this technique will keep my parenting guilt at bay when I worry about the 5 a Day quota.

If anyone else has any tips on getting our fussy eaters to be a little more adventurous or devious ways to trick them into eating healthier I would love to hear from you.

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5 Responses to Hiding Vegetables

  1. I am very fortunate that I have a child who would rather eat fruit and veg than chocolate! However if I didn’t I would definitely use to get more of his 5 a day!

    Have you tried smoothies? Homemade or bought? Actually thinking about it, that was how we encouraged my eldest to eat more fruit!

    Thank you for linking up with the #WeekendBlogHop

    Laura x x x

    • admin says:

      No I haven’t tried smoothies, I don’t know why as he loves milkshakes! Great idea, I will give it a go this week and report back :)
      Thanks for hosting #WeekendBlogHop it is such a great way to discover other blogs and bloggers x

  2. My mum used to do this for my sister when we were kids. With my brother, I remember having Yorkshire puddings with roast dinner, and putting peas into his so that he ate them!
    Thanks for linking up with #WeekendBlogHop!

    • admin says:

      Luckily G eats the peas, however my Dad won’t touch them and even asks them to be removed if they come on his plate in a restaurant which is so embarrassing and not a great example to his grandson! :) Thanks for hosting the blog hop I think they are great x

  3. Suzanne says:

    Another way to increase interest in children in veggies is to grow them. Many can be grown in plant pots on the kitchen window sill. Daily care, looking forward to eating them and planning a menu around them helps too.

    Also, just putting a slice or 2 of veg either raw or cooked on the plate, with no comment gives the child a chance to choose to eat it. Wait for them to comment on it. If it’s not eaten, try again, it usually takes 10 goes before they are happy eating it. Try with a couple at a time.

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