Behind every squirming toddler who eats only mac and cheese, there’s a parent who secretly understands. Let’s face it: While we’re more informed than ever about the perks of eating plants, we still have days when downing a plate of roughage is as appealing as, well, feeding it to that toddler.
We can’t (and wouldn’t) prescribe a pasta-free life, but we can help hide those veggie offenders. This squash-based sauce is utterly appetizing when spooned over noodles -- and mixed with plenty of cheese.
2 of 5
This cauliflower alfredo is just what the doctor ordered. We’ve topped it with additional cauliflower and peas, but even if you omit them, you’ll still reap the benefits of the nutrient-rich sauce.
3 of 5Ultra-fit mom Jessica Alba has a way with veg-spionage. Her lightened-up meatballs hide carrots, zucchini, and onion in a well-seasoned base of ground turkey. While we're talking pasta -- we’re sure you’ve heard that spaghetti squash makes a fine noodle substitute (it’s right there in the name!). But because we love options, we also cosign a compromise: Swap half your fettuccine for julienned carrots or zucchini, and enjoy a vitamin boost with a subtle, earthy flavor.Photography: Rob Tannenbaum
4 of 5
Is adding vegetables to dessert too much? Not when it tastes like this. You’ll be snickering as they swoon over these fudgy black-bean brownies. Wait until plates are clean to reveal the secret ingredient.
5 of 5
Yes, avocado’s technically a fruit, but it's generally used in a savory fashion, and its eerie color and amorphous texture put it on many a picky eater’s blacklist. Take your healthy snack with a side of chocolate -- or your chocolate with a secret smidge of green.
Popular in Healthy Kids