Need A Kids Recipe That Packs Hidden Veggies? We’ve Got Five!

Looking for a healthy kids recipe? We’ve got you covered! 

Helping your kids make the right food choices and understand nutrition guidelines is important as they grow. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that kids eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day in order to develop properly. Unfortunately, it can a real struggle to convince your kids to eat enough – sometimes ANY – fruits and vegetables!

If you have picky eaters in your house, the best way to handle it is to get creative. Taking a favorite kids recipe and making it healthy can be easier than you think. Try these 5 delicious kid-friendly recipes with hidden fruits and vegetables for added nutrition picky eaters won’t even notice!

1.) Veggie Packed Pizza Rolls

kids recipe pizza rolls

These savory, cheesy pizza rolls are packed with added nutrition your kids won’t be able to sniff out! A lot of kids have a hard time with the texture of veggies and turn their noses up as soon as they see the color green!

Thankfully, the hidden veggies in this recipe are blended into the marinara sauce, making it hard for even the pickiest eaters to spot. 

Hidden Veggies: Spinach, Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Spinach, Carrots, Onions

Serves: 8 kids  Time: 40 mins  Level: Intermediate  

Ingredients

SAUCE

  • ¼ cup spinach
  • ½ medium bell pepper, green
  • ¼ cup, pieces or slices of white mushrooms
  • ½ medium onion
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 cup spaghetti or marinara sauce

CRUST

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  •  tsp. active dry yeast
  •  tsp. sugar
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  •  cup mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Chop veggies (you will need two cups total of your choice of the vegetables listed) and saute for 3-4 minutes or until slightly tender. Blend in a high powered blender with marinara sauce.
  2. Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together the warm water and the oil and add to the dry ingredients. Mix until well blended, about 1 minute. Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Dough should form aball and will be slightly sticky. Knead on a floured surface, adding additional flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes.
  3. Place dough in a large, lightly greased bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rest for 30 minutes in a warm, draft-free place. Dough should almost double in size.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  5. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured work surface. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle, about 12 by 10 inches.
  6. Begin by spreading about 1 cup of sauce over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch boarder around the edges. If it seems like it needs more, then add 1 or 2 Tbsp at a time. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  7. Begin rolling the dough until you have one large roll. Slice into 8-12 slices and place in a greased muffin tin.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until rolls are golden brown and cooked through the middle.