Back in the summer I wrote a guest post for the Foodies 100 site, featuring ten of my favourite blogs featuring hidden veg recipes, which as you'll know if you've visited my site before is a cause dear to my heart. Here's the post as it appeared on the site. I hope it gives you some inspiration!
This week’s Ten at Ten comes from Mandy who blogs at Sneaky Veg. “I started the blog to share some of my ideas of different ways to sneak vegetables and fruit into food for toddlers,” she says. “I can’t guarantee they’ll all work but hopefully they’ll taste good enough that if the kids won’t eat them you’ll want to.” Mandy, who is vegetarian, posts a mix of veggie and non-veggie recipes, but all are packed with hidden nutrients for her kids – now four and two.
OVER TO MANDY…
Well now I’m really hungry. I’ve just passed a wonderful afternoon looking through Foodies100 blogs for recipes that include hidden vegetables to include here (and to try out for my own blog.) Some of these blogs were brand new to me, but I’ll definitely be visiting them again!
- This recipe for zucchini, peppadew and feta bread from Cook Sister sounds absolutely delicious and just the kind of thing I like to make to get some goodness into my kids. I wasn’t sure what peppadew was, but I now know that they’re a type of small pepper from South Africa – you learn something new every day.
- It’s easy to sneak veg into baked goods, but I’m always on the look out for main course ideas too and I absolutely love the look of these delicious Cajun spiced black bean and sweet potato veggie burgers on Tinned Tomatoes. I’m not sure whether I’d get my kids to eat them but I think if I whizzed the mixture up really well it would be worth giving them a go. And if they don’t? Then all the more for me!
- These veggie meatballs look delicious! The recipe by Miss Messy from Mess Makes Food doesn’t strictly contain a vegetable, but I usually count lentils towards my kids’ veggie intake so I’m definitely planning on giving these a go soon.
- I’ve been planning to make sundried tomato scones ever since I started my blog but just hadn’t got around to it yet – seeing this recipe on Cooking, Cakes and Children has made me inspired to do so all over again.
- I hadn’t come across Veggie Desserts until I started looking for recipes to include here but veggie desserts – this is a blog after my own heart! And the very first recipe I saw was spinach and coconut yogurt cake – now that’s worth trying just because it sounds so unusual.
- These courgette, ricotta and feta filled giant pasta shells look absolutely Delicieux (pardon the pun) and I can’t wait to try them.
- I love the sound of this one pot pasta dish, I’m all for less washing up and the addition of sausages would please my two kids no end. Nice one, Fish Fingers For Tea.
- Now that summer’s here I’ve been thinking a lot about picnics and these pumpkin, walnut and poppy seed muffins fromLavender and Lovage sound perfect. In my opinion, you can’t go far wrong with a savoury muffin and I like the addition of walnuts for some extra nutrients.
- Bangers and Mash’s recipe for chana dal cottage pie sounds amazing – and it includes carrots, chickpeas and courgettes so perfect for a sneaky veg supper.
- Carrot cake has got to be the classic hidden veg recipe and this recipe by Little Loaf is a honey soaked version. Mmm!
These recipes have helped my mission to sneak more fruit and veg into my kids! Hope they have help you too.