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SNOOPY1960
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5/16/12 7:28 P

Have your kids help you cook. They will eat what they prepare ! Little ones care tear lettuce for salad, older kids can cut with a butter knife stuff like cucumbers and peppers. I have done this with my kids and they eat everything, all veggies , all fruit and seafood too !!

Make a "dip" with low fat ranch dressing and give them a plate of sliced raw veggies along with some crackers. They might not eat them the first time but don't give up. My kids love raw broccoli !!

If you must hide the veggies, steam them and then puree them. Easier to hide once pureed. If you just chop the veggies, the kids will see them and not eat it.


Edited by: SNOOPY1960 at: 5/16/2012 (19:31)


1GROVES2
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5/16/12 2:25 P

There is a delicious recipe on SP for vegetable/meat loaves. They are mini meat loaves with veggies chopped up in them...no broccoli, but they have carrots, peppers,onion and tomatoes. They are really good and I hid the veggies from my husband!



ICEDRAGONEZZ
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3/18/12 8:55 P

I've made chicken & beef meatballs with shredded zucchini and carrots. I just season very well and you can't even tell.



SWEETDARLA
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3/18/12 2:48 P

What a yucky surprise I had today! Turns out my kids actually hid their broccoli meatballs instead of eating them yesterday. And now hubby says he doesn't want me to make those again for the family. Frustrating. It's one thing for hubby to say no, but I want my kids to get the best out of life and that life should include vegetables.

I did make some more meatballs today, using both broccoli and carrots this time. I liked it, even if my family won't try it. Using spinach sounds yummy. That will be next week.



KENDALL68
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3/18/12 9:28 A

I do the same with spinach- when my kids were younger I put it in everything I could.



OLDOLGA
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3/17/12 7:24 P

it was a good experiment. do the kids know they had broccoli in them? maybe the addition of carrots and onions would help the flavour.



SWEETDARLA
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3/17/12 4:10 P

I went ahead and tried out the broccoli. Used a little over a cup of it with a lb of hamburger, along with just the seasonings (no almond flour). It was decent. The family didn't ooh and aah over the meatballs, but they ate it as long as Parmesan cheese was sprinkled on top.

Weird thing is, the smell of raw broccoli and hamburger together smelled fantastic. I was almost tempted to eat a raw meatball! When the meatballs cooked, that delicious smell was gone. Oh well, at least it's healthy.



MASHAMOO
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3/17/12 2:34 P

Eggplant (diced very small) seems to be a popular choice too.
Report back and let us know how it goes.



BEMOORE68
Posts: 46
3/17/12 11:00 A

Broccoli? Hmm. Could work, provided you don't get too carried away. I have seen carrots and tomatoes in meatballs. I put TVP in meatballs. Not the same but I would try a small amount of broccoli, carrots, and use some tomatoes.



OLDOLGA
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3/16/12 11:36 P

i would try it out. it will likely work well.



SWEETDARLA
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3/16/12 11:33 A

I want to start hiding vegetables into foods my kids like and thought meatballs would be a good first try. I usually mix in almond flour and seasonings and call it a day. I was thinking of chopping broccoli finely in a food processor and mixing it in the meat, but will the broccoli hold well? Has anyone tried this?



 
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