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February 22nd, 2013, 08:03 AM
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Here is a thread you can come to for great tips sneaking vegetables into meals!

Macaroni and Cheese
The easiest vegetable to sneak into Macaroni and Cheese, in my opinion, is yellow squash! Just puree it and mix it in with the cheese sauce! I find I can easily do a whole squash per 3-4 servings without anyone tasting a difference. Another great one to sneak in is cauliflower!

Pasta Sauce
Pasta Sauce is one of the easiest to sneak vegetables into. For pasta sauce, you can puree and add in any of the following or combination of the following...
-Squash
-Zucchini
-Spinach
-Carrots
-really almost any vegetable pureed works well in pasta sauce, as long as you don't overdo it!

Here are some sneaky vegetable recipe ideas.

Blueberry Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes with Cauliflower Frosting

Please feel free to post your own recipes or tips!
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chocolate avacado cupcakes with cauliflower frosting?!?!?! I AM SO THERE!!!!
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February 22nd, 2013, 10:48 AM
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I'm trying that one soon! I am doing it with quinoa flour though since I'm on the elimination diet and using a modified frosting recipe. Supposedly so long as the chocolate avocado cupcakes are cool, you can't taste the avocado
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I need to go back and re-read the elmination diet. I have forgotten exactly what that is?
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You don't eat high allergen foods for a couple weeks then slowly add things back in. I'm not being super strict about it. In fact, I'm more just eliminating wheat and milk and see how that goes before trying something more strict. i really think it's one or both of those bothering me though...
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I shred carrots and throw them into anything!! lol
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I just made these:

Lemon-Raspberry Muffins Recipe | Eating Well

but I made the following substitutions:

Instead of "1 cup white whole-wheat flour, or whole-wheat pastry flour" I used almond meal.
Instead of "1 cup all-purpose flour" I used brown rice flour.
Instead of "1 cup nonfat buttermilk" I used vanilla almond milk and the juice of 1/2 a lemon.

I also added about 1/2 a shredded carrot and 1/2 a shredded zucchini, and about 1/2 a cup of quinoa flakes (it looked a little "watery" from the shredded veggies and extra lemon juice I used).

I also used extra berries and a little extra sugar because I know they won't be as good to me due to the flour substitutions.

They are in the oven now, so we'll see how they turn out...

***UPDATE***
These turned out great! I'm impressed with the texture and how moist they are, and that they taste good even though they are GFCF! Normally I can't eat GFCF recipes, so I'm thrilled. I will double the sugar next time though, because I prefer my muffins a little sweeter (more like a dessert haha) but overall, I'm really impressed
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We do the squash in mac n cheese with great success, too.

Another favorite is ratatouille lasagna. Instead of using just plain tomato sauce, I roast tomatoes, garlic, zucchini, yellow squash and onions together with some mushrooms if I have them. When they're done, I usually serve those hot, topped with feta for one dinner, with cous cous and salad as sides. Then, the next night, I put the left over ratatouille in the blender and mix it with a can of tomato sauce to make the lasagna sauce. My kids don't like it on spaghetti, but in lasagna they don't seem to notice the "different" sauce, and I put chopped spinach in the cheese.
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February 22nd, 2013, 03:59 PM
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I LOVE lasagna but I never make it because I'm too lazy haha. but when I do, I actually LOVE vegetable lasagna
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I LOVE lasagna but I never make it because I'm too lazy haha. but when I do, I actually LOVE vegetable lasagna
me too, so when I do get around to making it, I make two and freeze one.
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I just made these:

Lemon-Raspberry Muffins Recipe | Eating Well

but I made the following substitutions:

Instead of "1 cup white whole-wheat flour, or whole-wheat pastry flour" I used almond meal.
Instead of "1 cup all-purpose flour" I used brown rice flour.
Instead of "1 cup nonfat buttermilk" I used vanilla almond milk and the juice of 1/2 a lemon.

I also added about 1/2 a shredded carrot and 1/2 a shredded zucchini, and about 1/2 a cup of quinoa flakes (it looked a little "watery" from the shredded veggies and extra lemon juice I used).

I also used extra berries and a little extra sugar because I know they won't be as good to me due to the flour substitutions.

They are in the oven now, so we'll see how they turn out...

***UPDATE***
These turned out great! I'm impressed with the texture and how moist they are, and that they taste good even though they are GFCF! Normally I can't eat GFCF recipes, so I'm thrilled. I will double the sugar next time though, because I prefer my muffins a little sweeter (more like a dessert haha) but overall, I'm really impressed
Those look super yummy!! I'll have to print off the recipe

I make a zucchini pineapple bread the boys like.
The boys are pretty good with some veggies, but the squash idea in the mac and cheese is fabulous!! I'll have to try that!!
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February 27th, 2013, 03:22 PM
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What's the recipe on the zucchini pineapple bread? that sound delish!
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February 28th, 2013, 07:52 AM
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I actually found the recipe from one of our grocery stores. They send out books with recipes each month. I went to their website and included all the nutritional facts too and removed everything that said to use Hy-Vee this or Hy-Vee that...

They think you need to use everything their brand!

My BIL loved this so much he annoyed my sister talking about how much he loved it!! I thought it was excellent, my other sister said she didn't like the pineapple in it. Everyone's a critic

2 c. sugar
1 c. olive oil
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 c. coarsely grated zucchini (about 1 large)
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
3 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 c. walnut pieces
1 c. cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 5-by-9-inch loaf pans; set aside. I used my 4 mini load pan instead!

In a large bowl combine sugar, olive oil, eggs and vanilla. Stir in zucchini and pineapple.

In a separate medium-sized bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add dry ingredients 1/3 at a time to wet and stir after each time. Add walnuts and cranberries and mix. Divide batter equally between prepared pans.

Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Turn out onto wire racks and cool.

Daily nutritional values:

2% vitamin A 2% calcium
4% vitamin C 6% iron


Nutrition information per serving:

Calories: 270 Protein: 3g
Carbohydrate: 36g Saturated Fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 25mg Sodium: 220mg
Dietary Fiber: 1g Sugar: 22g
Fat: 13g Trans fats: 0g
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February 28th, 2013, 09:41 AM
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awesome!!! thanks for the recipe!
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I purée frozen mixed veggie plus onion and green peppers and 'hide' them in meatloaf! My hubby never ate veggies when we first got married... Lol I added them and he always complemented that it was so good, what did you do different!
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