Hidden veggies

Be honest, you don’t eat enough vegetables

You can hide veggies in lots of recipes and no one will know unless you want them to. My favorite to hide are carrots.

Carrots offer many health benefits. The main one is fiber. Fiber fills you up, plus it aids in healthy digestion. One way to hide some carrot power in your food is in tomato sauce. If you’re an Italian purist this will hurt you, but if you cook diced carrot until they are soft you can puree them into your tomato sauce. It will add some sweetness so be warned.

You can recreate Spaghettios rather easily. It’s a kid favorite and adults will be filled with nostalgic summers. I won’t try to recreate the gross “meatballs” because ew.

Recipe

  • One medium yellow onion diced
  • Four medium carrots diced
  • One tbl neutral oil like canola or coconut
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 28 oz can of diced tomato or tomato purée
  • 4 tbl nutritional yeast*
  • 2 tbl milk of choice
  • 2 cups ring noodles

Cook onion and carrot in pan with oil until soft. Add salt and paprika. Cook for another minute. Add tomato, nutritional yeast, milk and purée until smooth.

Add ring noodles and cook for 5 minutes until noodles are soft. Add water or more milk to reach desired consistency.

If you really want to up the healthy goodness you can add cooked diced sweet potato at the end. It adds even more sweet to the overall taste but no kid is going to complain about that!

*The nutritional yeast adds not only a cheesy flavor but also essential B vitamins to your meal. You can buy it at any grocery store in the Bobs Red Mill bags or at a health food store. If you are afraid of it you can skip this ingredient.

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