Whether you aren’t particularly fond of vegetables, or you have family members and kids who hate eating their greens, there are a variety of recipes that will cleverly hide those healthy veggies and surround them with loads of yummy flavor.
Check out two recipes to hide veggies below, and consider incorporating these options into your weekly meal plan in order to reap the many benefits that vegetables provide.
Love pasta but want to make it healthier? Then consider trying out a pasta primavera recipe that incorporates vegetables into all those carbs.
Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees, and then add salt to some boiling water. Cook your favorite pasta until it’s al dente. Drain the pasta, but keep one cup of the water and return the pasta to the pot.
Next, grab a big baking sheet and toss mushrooms, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and broccoli in some olive oil. Season the vegetables and oil with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Then roast these veggies until they’re caramelized and tender. You should stir them once and cook them for about 15-20 minutes.
Once your veggies are cooked, add them to the pasta pot with some Parmesan cheese (dairy or plant-based), along with ½ of the pasta water that you saved. Stir this vigorously over low heat until you see a sauce forming. Reach a desirable consistency by adding more pasta water as necessary. Serve and enjoy!
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Who doesn’t love yummy mac and cheese? But did you know that this is another one of the many recipes to hide veggies that you can start making at home?
Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Cook your favorite macaroni, but keep it a little undercooked before draining it.
As your macaroni is cooking, you can multitask by mixing 1.5 lbs of cheddar cheese (but set 1½ cups aside), 8 oz. of cottage cheese, 8 oz. of sour cream, ½ of a cauliflower head that’s been chopped finely, a teaspoon of paprika, ¼ teaspoon of cayenne, salt and pepper to taste, and 3 yellow squashes that have been shredded. You can choose healthy plant-based options for all of the dairy in the recipe in order to cut back on calories, fat, and cholesterol.
After draining the macaroni, add it to the cheese bowl, mix until combined, and pour into a baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar on top, bake for 30 minutes, and broil for 9 more minutes before serving and enjoying.
These recipes to hide veggies are hearty and sure to hit the spot.