Do you hide vegetables in food? I have over the years.
Shredded carrots go into my spaghetti sauce.
Shredded zucchini or summer squash are a part of my meatloaf.
Pureed butternut squash is a major player in my lasagna.
Instead of plain mashed potatoes I use one large potato, ¼ of a head of cauliflower and one large turnip.
Every single one gets rave reviews by family and friends alike.
I make the best ground turkey veggie soup. I get requests for it. I’ll put my recipe here for you. It is super yummy. You’ll love it. (I hope.)
One of my secrets is that I make homemade broth. Here is how I do that.
Years and years ago I stopped using potatoes in my soup and used turnips instead. I had been doing that about 5 years without being caught: Then came the morning that my oldest (then a teenager) came into the kitchen a little early. I was putting the soup in the crock pot and had a turnip in my hand. I was caught turnip-handed.
“What’s that?” she asked. “Ummmmm…” was my intelligent reply. I started with “I’ve been doing this for five years, sweetheart.” And then I came clean. Sure, it has been sneaky, but it had worked fabulously.
Then came the day they found out I used fennel. FENNEL?!!? Yup. Yay, Me!
But the biggest secret came out the day they saw me make their favorite chocolate brownie bread. You know, the really chocolatey, moist yummnessi. I was caught shredding the zucchini. Rats. Caught again. They forgave me quickly because it is so yummy. Here’s the recipe for that.
Sneaky vegetables are a riot. Now I can cook “seen” vegetables. But it took me a while.
Do you do that? I’d like to hear your best sneaky veggie trick in the comments!