Hidden Veggie Spaghetti Sauce takes a kid-friendly favorite – tomato sauce – and packs it full of extra veggies without their knowledge. Getting your kids to eat more veggies will be no issue when they are hidden in this sauce. Add on top of your family’s favorite pasta with some meatballs and a sprinkle of cheese for a simple dinner, or top whole grain bagels with the veggie tomato sauce and cheese for a healthier twist on pizza bagels. No matter how you use it, you’ll love knowing that your picky eater is getting in extra veggies without the hassle.
I get asked a lot if my kids are ‘great eaters’. Which is a total valid question – as a blogger that focuses on healthier eating, picky eaters, and getting them to try new things.
The truth is, the reason I can talk to honestly about this topic is because I too have hit the stubborn kid wall.
You know, the wall when something that was your kids absolute favorite last week is now public enemy number 1. Most commonly, this happens with vegetables in our house.
One week I can’t give Ryan enough carrots – steamed, raw, roasted, it doesn’t matter. He’s eating them faster than I can buy them, dipping them in his favorite Greek yogurt ranch dip, and I’m starting to worry if he’s going to start looking a little Oompa Loompa orange soon.
And then, just like that, it’s over. He’s picking carrots out of fried rice and can’t bear to even have them on his plate. Ahh, such is life with small children, amirite?
Because little about living with preschoolers is consistent or reliable, I have learned tips, tricks, and recipes to deal with fussy, stubborn eaters. Because you just never know when a veggie boycott is coming.
One of those boycotts is what spurred on this hidden veggie spaghetti sauce. Ryan was having a week – you know, the kind where he only wants to eat neon orange fish crackers, juice boxes, and yogurt, because he’s a big boy and should be able to choose his entire diet, whether or not it totally messes up mom’s meal plan.
::insert eye roll and desperate plea to the heaven above here::
The only meal we could get into him was spaghetti and meatballs. So in a fit of exhausted and few up fury, I blended up some random veggies I had in the fridge, cooked it into our normal sauce, and voila – a serving of veggies without the struggle. Can I get an Amen?
Tips for making Hidden Veggie Spaghetti Sauce
- Use whatever veggies you have in your house, but lighter veggies will be less detectable and lighter veggies will blend right in.
- If you have leftover puree, either add it into the sauce or freeze the extras in ice cube trays. Add to smoothies and sauces as needed.
- Don’t want to blend up the veggies yourself? Use baby food! Get the same outcome with even less work.
- You don’t have to just use this on spaghetti – it’s great on pizza, blended served with grilled cheese, and as a dipper for mozzarella sticks.
This Hidden veggie spaghetti sauce is now a staple in our house. My mom married an Italian American, so most of my Sunday family dinners consisted of ‘gravy’ and meatballs – something that has followed me into my own home. It’s such a family pleasing meal, and when you add a few extra veggies to the sauce, it goes from a basic kid friendly dinner to a kid AND mom pleasing dinner. Win, win, win.
Make it even more fun by using toppings to create fun faces! I used fresh mozarella balls, a slice of carrot, and olives on top of my hidden veggie spaghetti sauce to make Elmo come to life on my Sesame Street obsessed kids’ plates!
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Thanks so much for being a part of Morgan Manages Mommyhood!I like steaming my veggies because it keeps all of the nutrients inside (unlike boiling) and they blend smoother than roasting. I love this silicone vegetable steamer because it’s way easier to clean than the traditional metal
Hidden Veggie Spaghetti Sauce
Hidden Veggie Spaghetti Sauce
- 5-6 large carrots
- 1 bell pepper yellow, orange, or red
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
- 3-4 cloves garlic minced
- 3 28 oz cans crushed tomato
- salt + pepper to taste
Steam or roast carrots and peppers. Blend with a little water if necessary until a smooth puree forms. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, saute the onions in the olive oil over medium heat until translucent.
Add garlic and cook another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
Pour in cans of tomatoes and 2 cups of veggie puree.
Simmer at least 20-30 minutes, longer is better.
-This makes a huge batch since it freezes really well. Feel free to halve it as needed.
-Use whatever veggies work for you - carrots and bell peppers are sweeter and less likely to be notice.
Okay so tell me – it spaghetti sauce a staple in your house? What would you use this hidden veggie spaghetti sauce on? Let me know in the comments!
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