When I'm at a party and it comes out that I've been in the restaurant business for over 20 years, which at my age is unheard of being that I'm only 28 years old, people will ask me many things but one question I get more often than most is 'How do I get my kid to eat vegetables?'
It is very easy to hide vegetables in many pasta dishes. Take Spaghetti Bolognese for example, which most of you know it as meat sauce.
I like using carrots, zucchini, and any green such as spinach, kale, or even collard greens in my sauce. All you have to do is simmer the sauce and gently stir in your vegetable of choice.
If you shred the carrots I recommend a nice quick chop after shredding them with a peeler and they will blend into the sauce so well not even the adults would not know you put carrots in the sauce. Zucchini is a vegetable that will almost dissolve into the sauce once cooked and will give a really pronounced great flavor. Greens will wilt in the sauce and give an almost creamy texture to the sauce.
Depending on the vegetable you use make sure to cut back on seasoning, especially with carrots which are sweet and some greens which are bitter. Best thing for you is to experiment.
One of my all time favorite dishes and most of America is Chicken Broccoli Alfredo. First off there is broccoli in the dish. Second, you can hide some good vegetables in the Alfredo sauce. I like peas in my sauce. They are super sweet and hide very well.
Lasagna is a fantastic dish to hide vegetables. Between layers of the noodles and sauce you can slice up some thin eggplant, zucchini, layer some spinach, or even shred some carrots. It will taste delicious.
I hope I gave you some general ideas on getting your kids to eat vegetables but mainly don't let them grow up with the stigma that vegetables are bad. My nieces will eat all the vegetables on their plates first because their dad loves vegetables and they look at what he does. So take a look at your own habits when eating and see if they are just copying you.