Trick your Kids

Do you, too, have a child who’s sworn off all things green, vegetable, or healthy? I empathize, and I propose a solution: Fool them. Sneak it into their food and they just won’t know what hit them. If you don’t believe me, check out this picture of Matt enjoying something green:

Here I shall share recipes of “gourmet styling” that my kids ate that happened to contain disguised fruit and/or veggies. Admittedly, I stole almost 95% of my recipes from Jessica Seinfeld’s book, “Deceptively Delicious.” Props to her for her cool book. Hope some of these recipes help you, too. Feel free to share your successes and failures OR your own recipes here. I’m always looking for new ones. Mu-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

March 1, 2012

Here’s a meatloaf recipe we had a few nights ago. This one is actually mine: My kids won’t eat Jessica’s for some reason. Personally I think it’s pretty easy to stash pureed veggies in any meatloaf: You just have to watch that it doesn’t change the color consistency too much.


1 lb ground beef or chuck
1/2 c Italian-style breadcrumbs
1/2 c milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 c pureed carrot
1 small onion, minced
1 tsp garlic, minced

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all 10 ingredients. Put in a loaf pan and bake (on a cookie sheet) for 1 hour.

Note that I’d don’t puree the onions. Nate will eat them. Matt won’t, but I’m more concerned about getting the carrot into their bellies. Oh and a dip just seems essential for the meatloaf. They both usually use ketchup (tomatoes, yeah!) or sometimes A-1.

Does anyone out there have a good recipe for a salmon loaf? I’ve never made one, but I’m looking for one I can sneak veggies into (maybe beets? same color…) and that isn’t too fishy tasting. I’m getting really tired of serving the boys shrimp poppers and “breaded sea particles” to get their Omega 3’s in…


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mom2MandN
    May 16, 2012 @ 16:52:36

    It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if you can stash carrots in meatloaf, you can probably stash it in chili, too. Which is exactly what I’ll be doing tonight. Beginning in about 40 minutes. And my kids WILL eat the chili. They will. Or I’ll kill them. (Oooops. Did that come out bad? I meant I will maim them. There. That sounds better… 😮 )


  2. Mom2MandN
    Jun 04, 2012 @ 00:38:34

    This is what was for breakfast yesterday morning:

    PEANUT BUTTER & BANANA MUFFINS — semi-tweeked recipe of one Mrs. Seinfeld

    1 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup peanut butter
    1/2 cup butternut squash puree
    1/2 cup banana puree
    1 egg
    1 cup flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin or line w/baking cups. Mix 1/2 c of brown sugar w/the PB, veggie & banana purees and egg. Put flour, baking powder & soda, and salt in a bowl or ziploc and mix. Add to the bowl w/the PB mixture & stir just to combine (batter will be lumpy!). Add remaining 1/2 c brown sugar & stir once or twice. Divide the batter & bake until muffins are lightly browned & toothpick is clean: 15-20 minutes. Cool on rack. Store for 2 days or freeze for 1 month.

    Matt looked quite suspiciously at it. I swear this kid is onto me. In the end the lure of the peanut butter got to him. That, and the generous helping of butter I slathered onto the muffin. It was one of those “would you like some muffin with your butter?” moments… but hey, it got the job done. Meanwhile, my “I don’t mind eating vegetables” husband & other son were wolfing them down like they were Cheetos.

    How come no one has helped me with my request for a salmon loaf recipe? I know, it’s because it sounds disgusting, right? Well… desperate moms will take desperate measures.

    Until we meet in the kitchen again…


  3. Mom2MandN
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 22:33:18

    Mom made the boys Matzo Ball soup for lunch today. They’re both big fans. (Yes… in case you are wondering. I am half Jewish.) She knows my woes with the boys and vegetables. So apparently she mashed and mashed and mashed some cauliflower and added it to the soup and then she stirred and stirred and stirred until it completely dissolved. And they both have several bowls. My freakishly anti-veggie boys: 0, Peggy: 1. Score!


  4. Mom2MandN
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 20:37:37

    Well… I was utterly dismayed and disappointed with my spontaneous purchase of “Artichoke Bites” from Krogers today. They turned out to be nothing more the highly breaded cream cheese with a smattering of practically invisible artichoke “bits” in them. What’s even worse: Matt would not even try them. Also, Nate, my artichoke-eating son, did not like them. Vegetable wars: Me=0; Veggies=1; Pugs that jumped up on the table and ate several=1+.


  5. Mom2MandN
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 18:30:22

    Our pediatrician said I should not let Matt have any snacks between meals unless the meal prior was well-balanced (i.e. had a fruit or a vegetable in it). Now Matt has become a little tyrant because I won’t give him any snacks. So tonight I put some squash in our meatloaf. Take that, Matt!


  6. Mom2MandN
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 21:52:12

    So the latest and greatest food my boys have suddenly decided they just don’t like anymore is Kielbasa. WTH? They are 1/8th Polish… how can they suddenly just not like Kielbasa. Grrrr. The only positive thing I can say about this is it’s not like I could hide any veggies in the Kielbasa… although they were dipping it in lots of ketchup (which if you’ve read in my other posts is considered a vegetable by many past presidents 😉 ).


  7. Mom2MandN
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 18:12:56

    And now Denny has declared that Matt can’t possibly be his son. Or at the very least, he did not receive any of his Irish heritage… What kid won’t eat mashed potatoes, loaded with three different cheeses and some garlic? We had to smother his potatoes in A-1 sauce to get him to gag them down! But on a related note, I did smuggle some pureed squash into tonight’s meatloaf. Mu-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!


  8. Mom2MandN
    Dec 05, 2016 @ 15:22:36

    Yes! Last night I snuck some salmon into our Jambalaya, which usually just has Kielbasa and chicken in it. The salmon cooked to the same color as the chicken and thing #2 ate it without complaining or even noticing! Score! (Nevermind that thing #1 who likes seafood refused that part and thing #3 disregarded the whole meal. In my house 1/3 is winning!)


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