A Second Helping of Healthy-but-Stealthy Fruit and Vegetable Sneaks [TOP SECRET]

posted Nov 14, 2013, 6:50 PM by Merrin McGregor   [ updated Jun 16, 2014, 10:01 PM ]
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More Tips, as Promised

Back in August, I shared 5 Fruit and Vegetable Sneaks with you. I encouraged you to work it, squeeze it, swap it, dry it, and zip it! I hope these techniques are surreptitiously upping the fruit and veggie consumption in your household. I promised a second helping of healthy-but-stealthy ideas to support your Accidental Cooking, so here it is! 

[Smother it!]

Many an indiscretion can be disguised by a good dose of delicious topping...as evidenced by the past popularity of serving broccoli with cheese sauce. Keeping the tasty stuff on top creates a decoy for whatever lies beneath. A hearty sauce or a layer of cheese can make an impostor less evident and much more desirable!
Try Vegetables Accidentally recipes: Cod Cakes with Remoulade [Something’s Fishy Cakes] or Build-Your-Own Pizza [Hidden Agenda Pizza]

[Blend it!] 

If your family has a discerning eye for veggie mischief, the blender is a sneaky cook’s clever confidant (and possibly a better option that juicing). Besides, if they can’t see it, they can’t taste it, right? Alright, maybe that’s not quite true, but the mystery of a blended soup or sauce diminishes the eagle-eye-veggie-naysayer’s ability to decide without trying. Your family will have to taste the food before deciding what’s in it...and whether they like it. 
Try Vegetables Accidentally recipes: Warm Sun-Dried Tomato & Feta Dip [Double Agent Dip] or Apple Curry Soup [Apple up Your Sleeve Soup]

[Shred it!]

Yes, we do eat with our eyes, but what your family can’t see, they can’t prejudge (as easily). So when you’re inadvertently slipping a few extra veggies into a dish, shredding is an easy way to help disguise the addition and keep the furtive flavors from standing out. In baked goods and sauces, shredded veggies will practically dissolve, so no one will even spot your deception. Go on...
Try Vegetables Accidentally recipes: Chicken Stew & Dumplings [St-oops...I Hid it Again] or Peach-Zucchini Quick Bread [Peach-Zucchini Quick Study Bread]

[Stuff it!]

If your family thinks they don’t like fruit and veggies, perhaps it’s time to stuff it! You can pack a lot of unseen goodness into a tasty pastry pocket, large or small. Try filling pasta or even other veggies, or stuffing a chicken breast, pork cutlet or fillet of fish! Stuffings can be filled with bold flavors and oodles of mystery, keeping your secrets safely inside.
Try Vegetables Accidentally recipes: Sweet Potato Empanadas [Embargo-nadas] or Salmon & Asparagus Puff Pastry [Don’t Blow Your Puff Pastry Cover]

[Sweeten it!]

Sometimes you just need to sweeten the pot. While we know that eating too much sugar is a bad thing, the kind of sugar in fruit is not linked to any adverse health effect. Traditional, fruit-based desserts like pies and tarts, or cobblers, crumbles, crisps, grunts and buckles are crafty no-brainers for the Accidental Cook. Sweeten up some favored fruit, blanket it with a tasty topping and bake until bubbly...these classic desserts are so tempting, even the most staunch fruit- or veggie-phobe will find them totally irresistible.
Try Vegetables Accidentally recipes: Peach-Almond Cobbler [Fast-Talking Cobbler] or Fresh Strawberry Tarts [Straw-Bury It Tarts]

[Increase it!]

That’s right—this one’s simple. Just go ahead and add more of the fruit and vegetables that your family favorites and go-to recipes call for. Working with what your family already knows and enjoys means that the result will look and taste the same as they expect, and no one will be the wiser.
Try Vegetables Accidentally recipes: Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches [Cheesesteak Sham-wiches] or Beef Stroganoff [Beef Strogan-off the Record]

Some of us know that fruits and vegetables are delicious on their own, but for those who require convincing [you know who they are…], these strategies will kick start the process! Check out the recipes suggested here and many more in Vegetables Accidentally

What’s your favorite way to sneak in extra servings of fruits and veggies? Share your ideas and photos on the Vegetables Accidentally Facebook page!