Picky Eater Bento #3! Sneaky Vegetables Back to School Recipes!

Picky Eater Bento #3! Sneaky Vegetables Back to School Recipes!

July 17, 2019 85 By William Morgan


(lively, bouncy music)
– Hey Munchies,
we’re midway through our picky eater
bento mini series this week
and today is sure to be a hot one
because it is highly requested,
how to sneak in those veggies.
I wasn’t a huge veggie
fan for most of my life.
I had to really work to learn
how to incorporate them,
but there are actually a
lot of ways to add veggies
and to be pretty sneaky about it.
Let’s start with our
turkey surprise meatballs.
Can you guess what the surprise is?
(lively rhythmic music)
To a bowl I add ground turkey
with grated carrots and yellow squash,
along with diced onion, oats,
an egg, vegetable broth and salt.
Mix to combine.
The key is getting those veggies small
so they mix right into
the meat discretely.
I use a super small cookie scoop
to make extra mini meatballs,
roll them so they’re nice and round,
and add them to a baking dish
and bake until cooked through.
For even more veggie goodness
I’m serving these lettuce wrapped.
Some picky eaters will
actually go for this
because it’s crunchy and fun.
So don’t knock it ’til you try it.
But you could of course
also make a meatball sub.
I’m adding some ketchup to the side
because that is a picky eater fav,
but marinara would also work.
Or, serve these with toothpicks
and make it a fun dipping game.
Next we’re sneaking
veggies into baked goods,
pumpkin zucchini mini muffins.
Can you believe pumpkin
season is almost here?
Thumbs up if you want pumpkin recipes.
First, blend oats into a flour.
Then add in pumpkin puree, eggs,
Greek yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon,
pumpkin pie spice or additional cinnamon,
baking powder, baking soda,
vanilla extract, and salt.
Blend.
I love blender muffin recipes
because they’re so easy.
Then I can stir in some grated zucchini
which is going to add so much moisture,
but you won’t really taste it
so it’s great for being sneaky.
Feel free to add in additional mix-ins
like nuts or chocolate
chips if you prefer.
Transfer the batter to a muffin tin.
I use a cookie scoop and a mini muffin tin
and bake until a
toothpick comes out clean.
Okay, yes.
Nut-free, gluten-free,
veggie packed and delicious,
I am going to say picky eater approved
but you should test it out for yourself.
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I try to get fruits and
vegetables into every box
in their whole foods form too.
Sneaky is good, but it’s also good
to develop a healthy
relationship with vegetables
and acknowledge that
sometimes we’ve gotta eat them
and that’s okay.
So first we’ve got carrots.
I used a peeler to get thin strips.
It changes the texture to be
softer and less intimidating
and makes it more fun to eat.
Sometimes a simple switch
can be new inspiration for picky eaters.
I’m also adding cucumber,
but, did you know that
cucumber is actually a fruit?
Say what?
So we’ve got a sneaky
fruit rather than veggie
with these cucumber medallions.
And when it comes to raw vegetables,
sometimes dips are just
a must with picky eaters.
That’s okay.
Choose your picky eater’s favorite,
ranch, salsa, guacamole or other,
and make sure it’s
accessible with those veggies
so they’re more likely to be eaten.
For our last sneaky component
we’re turning cauliflower into popcorn?
Yes!
(upbeat, melodic music)
I am simply tossing
small cauliflower florets
with oil and seasoning.
I use salt and garlic powder,
but you could also use Parmesan
or anything that you’re picky eater likes.
Transfer to a baking sheet
and roast until golden and tender.
Okay, so it’s roasted cauliflower
but it actually eerily resemble popcorn
and something as fun as a title
can be inspiring with food too.
This is great as a warm
snack after school or work
but it could also be fun cold.
And that is the sneaky veggie box,
but you’d never know, eh!
And again, remember
you don’t have to recreate
these boxes I’m sharing
exactly as is, you can make them your own.
Mix and match with your favorites
to get your favorite bento,
or the perfect bento for your picky eater.
FYI, I also have an entire bento eBook
with around 40 full bento box lunches
and over 100 recipes.
Check it out for more fun lunch ideas
as well as vegan and vegetarian recipes.
It’s available at mindovermunch.com/ebooks
and you can get 10% off any
eBook or package of your choice
this week only, if you use
the code PICKY at checkout.
Also I’m hosting a giveaway
for my newsletter subscribers this month
for a full set of meal prep containers.
If you’re on the list, you’re entered.
You can sign up mindovermuch.com
or use the link in the description.
I’ll see you tomorrow for a
brand new bento box video.
And remember, especially
when it comes to veggies,
it’s all a matter of Mind Over Munch.