I don’t always like to force my kids to eat, but I know they need to eat healthy. Call me optimistic, but a day without forcing vegetables down my preschooler’s (and honestly my preteen’s as well) throat is a day I call a success. But they still have to eat their vegetables, I just get sneaky with it.

I’ve found a few recipes and tips that allow me to put vegetable into meals without a change in texture or taste so the kiddos never know the difference. (Hehehe, you sneaky mom you)

Spaghetti sauce: I use my food processor to blend up raw zucchini extremely fine and then add it to my sauce just like any other day.

Mashed Potatoes: I add a few cooked (and mashed) cauliflower to the mashed potatoes as long as they are blended fine and not too much is added my kids have no idea especially when I added the butter and milk to make super creamy mashed potatoes!

Hamburger Meat: Mix veggies in as you’re making hamburgers! You can sneak in veggies like spinach, peppers, onions, or even broccoli. If it’s cut finely enough or blended in a food processor and mixed in with the meat, the kids might not even realize how healthy is their burger.

Now of course if they ask I tell them what they ate, I never want to lie to my kids. As long as I am not compromising flavor or texture I see no problem with a mom win at dinner.

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