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5 Ways to Sneak Veggies into Your Summer Pasta

Is your kid a picky eater? Sometimes the taste, color, or texture of certain foods can create a food aversion for your little one’s culinary preference. Vegetables are a necessary part of a healthy diet with all the health benefit they provide as a natural source of vitamins and minerals. To get your kids to consume them, without the hassle of actually getting them to directly eat them, try these clever tips and tricks to add them to food without anyone knowing the better. Sneaking veggies into your summer pasta recipes is a great place to start!


1. Puree– using a blender or a food processor, vegetables can be turned into a smooth puree that can easily be added to your pasta salad sauce or it can be used to create a marinade for your salad.


2. Veggies as Pasta– replace grain pasta for pasta that is made entirely from vegetables. Zucchini, spaghetti squash, and eggplant make the best grain pasta substitutes.


3. Marinate– soak veggies in a mix of olive oil and flavorful herbs and spices before adding them to your dish. You can also try sautéing them in a pan for a few minutes before mixing them into your salad.


4. Grate– using a grater, vegetables can be added easily into your pasta salad. Veggies can be shredded and added this way, too.


5. Sprinkle on Top– try sprinkling on top of your pasta some roasted kale chips or crushed seaweed. If the taste of kale or seaweed is off putting, or your kids are not used to the taste, then try roasting sweet potatoes or zucchini to make your own crunchy chips. They can also be crushed and sprinkled on top.


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