Mandy Mazliah Sneaky Veg blogger

Hi, I’m Mandy Mazliah, a mother of six-year-old R, five-year-old Miss R and one-year-old Baby S. Some of my lowest parenting moments have involved food, in particular how to get R to eat fruit and veg. Five-a-day feels like a joke - sometimes we don’t even manage one item of fruit or veg a day.

R loves raisins and those pouches of fruit smoothie but no other fruit will pass his lips, especially not in its raw form.

So-called hidden vegetable, or sneaky vegetable, recipes, which involve chopping vegetables up small have caused 45-minute long tantrums about “muck”, “green bits” etc in our house. Doing baby led weaning with my second child helped but even so, she now refuses to touch most vegetables. Frankly, life is too short for the headaches I’ve suffered over this and I’m now adopting a much more relaxed approach to mealtimes, offering lots of healthy choices, sometimes hiding vegetables in food, giving them lots of choices, but not putting on any pressure at all.

Sneaking vegetables into kids food sometimes gets a bit of bad press. Yes, I agree that children need to get used to seeing vegetables on their plates. I do serve up lots of “unhidden” veg with meals and am increasingly putting bigger pieces of veg in dishes like lasagne, but alas, most of it ends up in the bin. I feel that hiding vegetables in their meals is sometimes essential to ensure that they don't go for days on end without even coming close to eating five a day.

Sneaking vegetables into kids food sometimes gets a bit of bad press. Yes, I agree that children need to get used to seeing vegetables on their plates. I do serve up lots of “unhidden” veg with meals and am increasingly putting bigger pieces of veg in dishes like lasagne, but alas, most of it ends up in the bin. I feel that hiding vegetables in their meals is sometimes essential to ensure that they don't go for days on end without even coming close to eating five a day.

I started Sneaky Veg to share some of the recipes that I found to sneak fruit and vegetables into food for my kids. Over time the blog has evolved into a vegetarian family food blog - with lots of fruit and veg of course!

A brief note on oven timings. My oven is a fan oven and being a home cook I don't have a professional kitchen with which to test other options in. Each oven works in its own particular way, so just be aware that the times I specify may need to be adjusted for your own oven.

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If you'd like to work with me, or if you have a sneaky veg recipe idea, you can contact me by emailing mandy@sneakyveg.com or via twitter @sneakyvegblog. To receive news and recipes direct to your inbox please sign up to my newsletter.