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Kid Friendly Recipes With Hidden Vegetables

Jan 01, 2022 ● By The Hood Magazine

Incorporating more fruits and veggies into your child’s diet can feel like a daunting task. BUT these fun, kid friendly recipes will kick your child’s post-holiday sugar craze to the curb!


Broccoli Cheese Cups

 3 cups Broccoli, cooked and chopped

1/2 tsp Garlic powder

1 Egg,

1/2 tsp Salt

12 Ritz crackers

1 cup Cheddar cheese


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients.

Generously grease a mini muffin tin and scoop the mixture into your muffin tin cups.

Use your fingers to squish the mixture down so that it's well compacted.

Top with more cheese and bake in the center rack for 14-16 minutes or until the cheese starts to brown.


Banana Sushi

 1-2 Bananas

Yogurt of choice

Cereal, crushed nuts, mini chocolate chips or coconut shavings.

Spread yogurt all around the banana. In a shallow dish, roll the banana in the cereal until coated.

Slice the banana like sushi slices!

*Try giving your child chopsticks! This not only makes it fun for the child, but it is also great practice on eating with different utensils.


Sloppy Joe Bites

 1 lb. ground beef

1 green bell pepper, minced (hello hidden veggies! Try adding a handful of mixed veggies in the mix, I bet your child will never notice!)

1/2 large yellow onion, minced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbsp tomato paste

2/3 cup ketchup

1/3 cup water

1 Tbsp brown sugar (or less, if you prefer)

1 tsp yellow mustard

3/4 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 pkg (12 oz each) refrigerated biscuits

2/3 cup shredded cheese


Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat; cook beef and onion until no longer pink. Add in the remaining ingredients (everything except biscuits and cheese) and let simmer over low heat while all the flavors combine.

Meanwhile, press 1/2 of a biscuit into bottom and up the sides of a mini muffin pan, being careful not to tear dough. Place a spoonful of meat mixture in each cup. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown. Top with cheese.