Today Sunday Supper is all about being sneaky and fun with food. Whether it is making food look like something else like meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato frosting, or sneaking in some healthy veggies so that the kids don’t notice it. When it comes to sneaking in veggies I use to have a very narrow minded point of view of this practice before I had kids. I thought it sounded so deceptive and surely kids should just be taught to eat veggies? Ha, what a perfect parent I was before I had kids.
The truth of the matter is I think while we might have some element of control about what kids eat we don’t have it all. For example my daughter has never had a processed chicken nugget so she doesn’t even know what it tastes like so she doesn’t prefer them over homemade ones. So that is some element of control I might have. However that doesn’t mean she doesn’t sometimes just flat out decide she doesn’t like homemade chicken nuggets. Does that make sense. She goes through phases where all of a sudden she just doesn’t like something. But I know that actually she does like most things, it is just getting her to remember and try the foods to rediscover she does like it. Like she loves the taste of food when it has herbs and spices, but if she sees those flecks of green she says, “What are those sprinkles? I don’t like sprinkles.”. So the idea of sneaking veggies into food is much more complicated then it sounds and these days I am all for it to a certain degree. I know people who have kids that HATE any form of green veggie, just the sight of it near their food and they refuse to eat dinner. I have had parents message me a lot about trying to find a recipe that would work to get their kids to eat a bit more healthy.
I came up with this idea just trying to use up some veggies that were close to going bad and it has become a default sauce recipe for me ever since. It was simple, tasty and whether she knew it or not I don’t know but my daughter loved it so I didn’t care. Because you use a lot of red, orange coloured veggies it hides the green from the courgette, and if you kids still can see it just peel the skin. I love roasting the veggies for an even better flavour but today chose to share the first way I ever put this together.
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Sneaky Veggie Spaghetti Sauce
1 carrot, chopped
1 red peppers, chopped
1 medium size onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbsp dried basil
1 tin of tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
Saute courgettes, carrots, peppers and onions until vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more, until garlic is aromatic.
Throw veggies and the rest of the ingredients into the blender and pulse until it becomes a smooth sauce.
Simmer sauce until it reduces and thickens slightly, season with salt and pepper to taste. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week. This made about 800g approximately 4 cups for me but it can vary.
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