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1/20/12 9:39 P

I really have a hard time getting my family to eat vegetables. However, I have used cut zucchini or fresh spinach and layered it in lasagna. No one even notices that it is there and they clean their plates. Also, I have used canned cubed carrots in spaghetti sauce. It tastes yummy!

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1/20/12 3:55 P

I recently made a Rachel Ray recipe for Pumpkin-Curry Peanut Noodles (or some such name) and thought the same thing - what a great way to hide the veggies from kids. The main flavor that comes through is peanut butter with the curry. If you have kids who like ethnic dishes this is a good one to try with them! If you use her recipe (I found it on food tv) it is really thick and needs to be cut with either chicken stock or more of the pasta water than she says. But it made a FANTASTIC meal that lasted several days.

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1/20/12 10:15 A

Make mashed potatoes healthier by poaching them in low fat milk and mashing cauliflower together with the potatoes.

Add 2 T canned pumpkin per serving to pasta sauce. They won't notice and it's a full serving of fruit/veg.

Roasted butternut squash or beets in very small chunks can be added to ANY sauce to punch up nutrition. It's a lightly sweet taste that kids love if they don't know what it is.

Pickle it. 2 T rice wine or coconut vinegar, 1 t sugar, 1-2 T water. Have the kids slice assorted veggies and toss in the pickling mixture. Man...they gobble this stuff up.

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1/20/12 8:08 A

My parents would slice zuccini and celeriac and put a thin layer of cheese over it, grilled it.
You didn't see the veggies and it tasted great :)

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1/19/12 11:00 P

I shred zuccini and use frozen chopped spinach in many of my dishes...sauces, ground beef, ground turkey and ground chicken. The kids love to shred the zuccini and they don't even realize what they are eating.

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