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Aug 18, 2017 OHIOHEALTH
Ways to Sneak More Vegetables into Meals

Even though it’s no secret veggies are good for you, not everyone’s on board that they’re actually good. And kids aren’t the only ones turning up their noses to the goodness of greens and their other healthy vegetable friends!

Maybe you’re one of those folks who loves vegetables’ taste and their nutritional punch, but have a hard time getting in the daily recommended servings of vegetables.

Whether you’re looking for ways to take veggies undercover or want to up your game when it comes to making them a bigger part of your diet, here are recipes that get more vegetables into meals.

Sauce

This sauce on its own could almost cover your veggie needs for the day. Whether it’s your base for Friday night’s pizza or part of a mid-week pasta fest, it does the job.

Sneak-In-The-Veggies Pasta Sauce

Veggie Noodles

Join the newest culinary craze! Bust out a julienne peeler, a spiralizer, or even a fork, to get your dose of veggies in a fun way. Give vegetables a whole new spin by using zucchini, sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash and carrots, to name a few. Your peeps will never miss the pasta!

Spaghetti Squash Mac & Cheese

Zucchini Shrimp Scampi

Sweet Potato Stir-Fry with Steak

Carrot Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Smoothies

These frosty, fresh drinks are the perfect place to stash all kinds of hidden veggie treasure. Vegetables usually go stealth in taste and looks when you double team using fresh and frozen fruits. But when spinach insists on showing off in your creation, it’s the perfect time to wow the kids by telling them you’ve fixed a special Shrek treat.

Cherry and Peach Carrot Smoothie

Pineapple Green Smoothie

Beet and Berry Smoothie

Very Orange Smoothie without Oranges

Main Dishes

There are lots of ways to make vegetables the main event of your meal’s main dish. Whether you keep the veggies totally under cover or they just look like they play a small, supporting role, you can dish up vegetable’s fiber, vitamins and minerals in lots of yummy main-dish ways.

Skinny Veggie Spaghetti

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie

BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Cups

Hidden Veggie Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

Sweet Treats

Your kids may say no to anything green, but disguise it as a sweet treat and you’ll get the “Yes!” you’re looking for. Vegetables help turn out moist, luscious treats, and bump up cookie and cake’s nutritional heft at the same time.

Skinny Zucchini Bread

Cauliflower Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Carrot and Kale Cupcakes

Sweet Potato Cookies

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