Hidden Vegetable Recipes for Picky Eaters

Try beets in pancakes, black beans in brownies and these other hidden vegetable recipes for picky eaters to enjoy for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

If kids could have their way, most would eliminate veggies – or anything remotely healthy – from their diets and fill up on sweets and starches. Parents know that little ones need to eat their vegetables in order to grow up big and strong – but picky eaters aren’t convinced. Try these seven hidden vegetable recipes for picky eaters, from breakfast food to desserts, that make feeding your kids veggies a cinch!

Red Beet Pancakes

With this recipe from Weelicious, you can turn the breakfast staple into a fun and funky-colored dish using detoxifying beets. Drizzle your favorite syrup on top and you’ve got a delectable dish!

Black Bean Brownies

Although black beans aren’t technically veggies (they’re legumes), these brownies from Stylish Cuisine are packed with protein – and all the healthy stuff is masked with chocolate.

Hidden Veggie Sloppy Joes

This simple Sloppy Joe recipe from Campbell’s Kitchen uses chopped onions and vegetable juice right in the sauce, rendering the healthy veggies unnoticeable.

Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip

Satisfy everyone’s raw cookie dough guilty pleasure with no guilt at all, using this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie. It’s made with chickpeas and sugar-free chocolate chips so it’s high in both protein and flavor!

Hidden Vegetable Meatloaf

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Slip vitamin-loaded veggies like mushrooms, carrots and celery into your meatloaf using a food processor – and this recipe from Tasty Kitchen.

Spaghetti with Hidden Veggies

Chef Michael Smith shows how to sneak carrots, bell pepper, zucchini and spinach into this kid-friendly Italian sauce. Pour it on top of your family’s favorite pasta; then watch your kids chow down.

Smoky Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Cookies & Cups offers this no-pasta option for mac and cheese, and we’re pretty sure your kids won’t even miss it! You’ll mix cauliflower, smoked Gouda, cheddar cheese and some spices for this dinner dish that’s sure to please the kiddies and parents, too.

Pizza Panini

Who doesn’t love pizza? This delicious kid fave can easily be turned into a panini for lunch. And the best part of this pizza meal? You can sneak chopped broccoli into it without your kids even noticing. Try this recipe from Parenting.com.

This post was originally published in 2012 and is updated regularly.