The best ‘hidden veggie’ recipes for kids

Navigating your way through raising happy and healthy kids is often a fine balance between ‘what they need’ and ‘what they want’. We know they need lots of good healthy food to help them grow and learn, but sometimes they just want tomato sauce sandwiches.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help you serve up delicious food that is packed full of stealthy veggies.

Pasta packed with veggies

Pasta is a great way to up the veggie count without the kids noticing. With the help of a food processor, you can blitz up a healthy mix of vegetables to form the base of your delicious pasta sauce. Try blitzing up celery, onion, carrot, courgette, red capsicum and basil (leaves and stalks) until you have rice like consistency. Then cook them off with a little olive oil, before adding your passata and simmering for a bit longer. Make this sauce in bulk and freeze. That way you can pull it out and add it to delicious pasta recipes like these Greek Meatballs with Risoni.

The stealth of cooking slow

Slow cooking is a wonderful way to create a mix of delicious flavours and ingredients, including loads of veggies. By cooking this way, vegetables like celery, carrot and courgette blend in with the overall flavours and are much more palatable for kids. Try this Sausage Cassoulet and add some other veggies into the mix.

Fritters are your friend

Fritters are a great finger food for kids of all ages, are easily packed full of veggies, and can be made in bulk and frozen for later. With a basic fritter recipe like our Corn Fritters with Feta & Bacon you can easily swap out the veggies for what you have on hand. Instead of sweetcorn, why not try courgette and carrot. Just grate, add a bit of water, microwave for a couple of minutes, and then drain and cool before adding to the fritter batter.

Roast Vegetable and Pesto Pizza

Granted, the veggies on this Roast Vegetable and Pesto Pizza aren’t very stealthy, but by serving them up on a pizza, smothered in cheese, the little ones are far more likely to try them. You can swap out the veggies in the recipe, for what you have on hand.