Sneaky Chefs

Let’s be honest. As parents, we…bend the truth sometimes. It’s always with our children’s best interest at heart, and I’ve found that this has seeped into the kitchen at times.

I’ve struggled to get my picky little eaters to go for what’s good for them. So, I’ve found some sneaky ways to cook up things that are actually full of flavor AND healthy stuff!

1. Spinach Meatballs: When kids find their favorite sauce, they can tell right away if it looks (or tastes!) different. So, leave the sauce the same…but hide some spinach in the meatballs!

Spinach Meatballs

Spinach Meatballs

Mix together 1lb. of ground beef (or turkey), 1 10-oz. bag of thawed chopped spinach, 1 beaten egg, and 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt, pepper, and garlic powder and 1 teaspoon onion powder to the mixture and form into meatballs. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes on 350 degrees and combine with heated spaghetti sauce—your kids’ favorite—and serve! They’re getting a heavy dose of iron…and they don’t even know it.

2. Broccoli Dip: Just puree one 14-oz. bag of thawed frozen broccoli, 1 cup cottage cheese and a little bit of salt in a food processor. Serve with pita chips—it’s super easy and a super healthy snack that’s full of fiber and B1!

Broccoli Dip with Pita Chips

Broccoli Dip with Pita Chips

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3. Sweet Potato Biscuits: Sweet potatoes are healthy, and biscuits are the perfect side dish. It’s a win-win!

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Microwave a medium-sized sweet potato on high for 4 minutes, scoop it out of the skin, and mash in a bowl. In another bowl, mix together 1-1/4 cup whole wheat baking mix (find it near the flour) and 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter. Note: don’t melt the butter—just cube it and rub it into the mix until large clumps form. Then add the sweet potato, ½ cup buttermilk and ¼ tsp. of allspice or cinnamon. Drop the dough by rounded spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes on 400 degrees. Let them cool a little bit and serve up some vitamin A and C!

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