Everytime I search for recipes for the best ways to sneak in veggies, the recipes are for kids. There are ways for the vegetables to taste more appealing such as adding cheese sauce or recipes that are prepared in a fun way so that they will want to eat them. Well, what if you are like me and have an extremely picky adult spouse who is a “meat and potatoes” guy? You need recipes that actually contain the serving of vegetables without seeing them and without bogging down the health benefits. Here are four of my favorite ways to get him to eat his veggies without him knowing it!
Pasta dishes. Making spaghetti with meat sauce or homemade mac and cheese is a great way to start since it is a staple in many households. The simplest way to add the veggies is to use a type of pasta noodle that has a full serving of vegetables in it. I found the brand Wacky Mac to taste great and the shapes are actually fun to eat too (good for both adults and kids). If you are making a red or palomino sauce, you can finely dice some fresh tomatoes and red peppers to give texture to the sauce without being too noticeable.
Soups. Generally the main ingredients in most soups are a lot of vegetables. Well, I love soup and was not willing to give those warming recipes up because of my husband. I found ways to still make the soups with all types of vegetables. One key thing you will need is a food processor. I use my Magic Bullet all the time to make my soups. I make a delicious hearty minestrone soup with beef. How do I pull off a soup where the main ingredients are vegetables? Two words, MAGIC BULLET. I grind up cabbage, onions, and a bag of mixed vegetables and throw it into tomato sauce with diced tomatoes. I then add chunks of stew meat. For added vegetables, use the pasta noodles I mentioned earlier. Find a macaroni or small shell made out of vegetables and you have a fully loaded soup!
Pasties. These Up North Michigan meat pies are a great way to hide vegetables! These are my husband’s absolute favorite thing that I make him and he is eating carrots, green beans, peas, and sweet potatoes! The recipe I use you can find here. I change up the type of vegetables used in the recipe and experiment with different types of meat. You can use chicken, beef, or our favorite is venison. Once again, I use the Magic Bullet and then mix all of the ground vegetables in with the meat and potatoes to make the filling.
Mexican dishes. We may not even think about it, but salsa is a excellent source of veggies. Not only are you getting your tomatoes in but most salsas contain green peppers, onions, jalapenos, black beans, and corn! Many Mexican foods either contain salsa or are topped with it, so it is a great way to incorporate veggies with some heat! One of my favorites is Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken and it is super easy. You are getting both your protein and vegetables in. The recipe I use you can find here. Even if you eat salsa with some chips as a snack, it’s a healthy snack with only a few calories.
Do you have picky eaters and have some of your own sneaky ways of adding vegetables? I am always looking for new creative ways to make dinner with vegetables. Please share your ideas in the comments below!