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Monday, September 21, 2009

How to get vegies in your diet

A challenging question has been posed by Twitter Moms and Horizon Little Blends. One that I am sure has worried moms every where for generations. Many of these moms learning quickly where to put vegies into the diet. I have a few tricks of my own from Shepherds pie where any vegie can be used, tater tot casserole that is a meal including the vegies all in one, Meatloaf where once again you can safely add any vegie, or sweet breads made from veggies.

Shepherds Pie

1 lb hamburger, browned
2 c cheese
2 can corn or veggie of choice
mashed potatoes

Layer all and also add cheese to top if you wish. Bake oven 400 degrees for 25 minutes just needs to be warm and cheese melts

Tater Tot Casserole

/2 lg. bag tater tots
1 can cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 c. milk
1 lb. hamburger
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 can whole kernel corn

Brown hamburger and onions; drain put hamburger in bottom casserole dish. Pour milk and soup mix on top. Pour drained corn over the hamburger and soup. Put tater tots on top of everything cover and cook at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes; take cover off and cook 15 minutes more. Turn oven off and put shredded cheese on top. Put back in warm oven and let cheese melt.

Zucchini Bread

3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups coarsely grated zucchini (loosely packed)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat 3 eggs until frothy. Gradually add 2 cups sugar. Stir in 1 cup vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Beat until thick and lemon colored. Stir in zucchini.

In a medium bowl, whisk together to combine 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir dry mixture into wet mixture, stirring to combine. Add chopped walnuts or pecans, if desired.

Spray two bread loaf pans (approximately 8"x4"x3") with Baker's Joy, or grease and flour to prevent sticking. Pour batter into pans and level off with the back of a spoon.

Bake for approximately 1 hour or until done.

Allow loaves to cool in pan for 10 minutes, then run a knife along the sides to loosen bread and remove from pans. Cool on wire rack. Brush tops of loaf with melted butter while still warm

Any and all of these recipes I shared can help add vegetables to your diet. Little Blends is also a wonderful way to get the nutrition that your child needs into their diets. Little Blends is an all natural yogurt blend of fruits and vegetables. Each 4 oz. cup of Little Blends offers your child 20% of the needed calcium, 25% protein, omega-3 DHA and probiotics. Its an easy way to sneak fruits and veggies into the child's diet. There is no worry with Little Blends because it is an all natural yogurt without any added growth hormones, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. Sounds like a wonderful way to give your child the best you can.
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  1. Thanks for these tips--this is indeed a challenge, not just for little kids but also for the big ones (my teens). Your recipes look easy and delicious!

    Drop in next week and I'll provide the link to Shari's first Make-Do host post.

  2. This is a wonderful post! I still need to get veggies into my dinners. My kids, 12 & 14 have always been really good about eating veggies, but we still don't get enough. Thanks for some easy recipes.

    Come visit me next week as I begin hosting Make-Do Mondays. I would love to have you contribute through my site.

    My Practically Perfect Life - Make-Do Mondays

    Have a great day!


  3. Zucchini has turned into the secret ingredient that makes success. Do your children like carrot muffins too? I guess that could be a carrot loaf like the zucchini.

    I make zucchini muffins that are good.


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