A few years ago, I bought the Deceptively Delicious cook book by Jessica Seinfeld.  The book is filled with recipes that contain hidden vegetables, and is marketed towards moms who have kiddos who panic at the site of green on their plate.

I’ve gotten quite a few excellent recipes in there including some great mac and cheese.

The trick is to cook and puree the veggies before including them in the recipe.  You want to choose vegetables that are compatible in taste and color to the meal you are preparing, so the wee ones won’t catch on.

I hadn’t actually used this book in awhile, and then I saw some beets in my fridge, and I got an idea.  Instead of just giving my kids spaghetti and meatballs, I was going to hide some beets in there.

So I peeled some beats and placed them in my chopper, chopping them all nice and small.  I then just mixed them in with my meatballs which were quite simple, requiring only ground beef, Italian seasoning, breadcrumbs, and an egg.

And the best part… my kids didn’t notice a thing!  I sat there smiling as my kids were enjoying a delicious meal that was also quite good for them.

I didn’t get this recipe from the book, but I highly recommend it for moms of little ones.

How do you sneak extra veggies into your kid’s meals?