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13 Vegetable Recipes Your Kids Will Actually Like

Obviously there's lots of cheese involved. And some well-meaning deception.

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1. Bake grated zucchini in a blanket of cheese.

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Servings: 12

Adapted from Smile Sandwich


4 medium zucchini

⅓ cup parmesan cheese, grated

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon pepper

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

½ teaspoon salt

1 large egg

⅓ cup cheddar cheese

½ cup mozzarella cheese


1. Preheat oven to 400ºF/220ºC.

2. Grate zucchini into a medium bowl.

3. Transfer grated zucchini into a large bowl and add garlic powder, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and egg. Mix together.

4. Pour the mixture onto a small towel and wring the excess fluid from mix.

4. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and spread mixture evenly into a square about a ½-inch thick.

5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until middle has thickened.

6. Remove from oven and spread cheddar and mozzarella cheese over top .

7. Place back in the oven at 350ºF/175ºC for 10 more minutes or until cheese melts and is bubbling.

8. Let cool for 5 minutes, and enjoy with marinara, ranch, or any sauce of your choosing!

2. Add butternut squash purée to your mac ’n’ cheese.

Aside from the prettier color and subtly sweet taste, this is just like regular mac. Recipe here.

3. Or, if you're looking for a veggie-filled, gluten-free side dish, try cauliflower mac ’n’ cheese.

This one comes together in the Crock-Pot, so it really can't get any easier. Recipe here.

4. Mince your veggies up real small and add them to turkey meatballs.

If you know that the "specks of green stuff" are gonna be a problem, serve these meatballs in tomato sauce. Recipe here.

5. Blend banana, avocado, cocoa powder, and vanilla into a very believable chocolate pudding.

It could honestly be years before they figure out that you've been feeding them avocados for dessert. And by then, they'll probably be thanking you. Recipe here.

6. Only a monster would hide butternut squash in muffins. That monster should definitely be you.

Try not to smirk too obviously while you watch everybody cluelessly ask for seconds. Recipe here.

7. Make zucchini ~fun~ by filling it with meat sauce and three different kinds of cheese.

Sure, the zucchini isn't exactly hidden here. But these are worth a try. 1) The whole "zucchini boat" thing is fun. 2) They're filled with a seasoned ricotta mixture and a delicious, kid-friendly meat sauce. 3) They're topped with even more cheese. Recipe here.

8. If they go for the zucchini boats, try stuffed peppers, too.

Worst-case scenario here is that they ignore the pepper and eat a not-terribly-unbalanced dinner of rice, beef, onions, tomato sauce, and a little cheese. Recipe here.

9. Speaking of tomato sauce: Cook other veggies into your sauce before you purée it. Once it's blended, they'll never know!

This recipe has onion, garlic, zucchini, bell pepper, carrot, and celery. Who knew? Recipe here.

10. DEFINITELY try these broccoli and sweet potato Tater Tots. If not for their sake, for yours.

For real, these are so so so good. Recipe here.

11. Toss spaghetti squash with enough bacon and cheese that no one will be able to complain.

OK, so there is some goat cheese involved here, but I really, really think you should just give it a try. Recipe here.

12. Serve a "pizza casserole" that no one will realize is made of cauliflower until it's too late to complain. / Via

Like, "OK, kid, I know you're upset about this, but it's hard to listen to your argument when your mouth is so full of pepperoni and cheese." Recipe here.

13. When all else fails: carrot cake.

LOL I'm KIDDING. ( I? Recipe here, just in case.)