I know veggies are important, but eating a juicy cheeseburger or some awesome carne asada tacos with queso always sounds better than a salad.
Honestly, salads very rarely sound good to me. The exception is the Southwestern salad at Earl’s – but that’s just about the only exception for me.
It makes me feel like a toddler but sometimes I just want some mac & cheese, ya know? Fortunately, I have found some ways to sneak veggies into my food so I can get the awesome, delicious foods I love AND get some veggies!
If you’re looking for some ways to trick yourself into eating more veggies every day, you’ve come to the right places!
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Throw some frozen mixed veggies into yo0ur mac & cheese
I love Annie’s mac & cheese and keep a few boxes in my pantry to use in a pinch. To make it a little bit more adult, I throw some frozen mixed veggies into the boiling water with the noodles. The veggies cook alongside the noodles and then get coated in the delicious, ooey-gooey cheesy sauce and practically get hidden. I go as high as 50% veggies! This means more mac & cheese AND more veggies. Win-win.
You’ll need more cheese to coat all the extra veggies, so just throw in some extra shredded cheese that you have in your fridge. I like to mix in some sharp white cheddar, parmesan, and paprika. Tasty.
Make some roasted veggies!
These are life-changing, no lie.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and throw some of your favorite hearty veggies into a bowl. Mix with some olive oil & salt, throw onto a baking sheet, and bake for approx. 20 minutes.
My favorite roasted veggie is broccoli. Roast the broccoli until the edges of the florets are black. This makes the broccoli crispy, salty, and delicious. I could eat an entire BAG of roasted broccoli.
You can also roast cauliflower, carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, and so much more.
It’s quick, delicious, and full-on veggie.
Throw some veggies into breakfast egg cups
Veggies don’t feel like they belong in breakfast. Breakfast is carbs and salty meats and eggs, ya know? Well, luckily you can have all of that AND veggies with these delicious breakfast egg cups.
All you have to do is beat some eggs, throw them into a muffin tin, and add some of your favorite toppings. Since we’re going for veggies here, I’d recommend spinach, mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers. Of course, you should add some tasty extras like bacon and cheese, too!
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Then you just need to grab these, microwave them for a bit, and rush on to work!
Bonus veggies: top with salsa. Yum.
Blend some roasted veggies into your favorite sauces
Roasted veggies are going to come back a few times in this list. They’re easy, delicious, and lazy. That’s my favorite.
Take your favorite veggies and simmer them in some sauce. Think Trader Joe’s masala simmer sauce, pasta sauce, etoufee sauce, whatever. After the veggies have had some time to simmer and get soft, throw the entire mixture in the blender! Voila, hidden veggies that you can hardy taste.
Cauliflower is great for this since it’s less potent than other veggies.
Throw some veggies into your favorite Mexican dishes
I always thought veggies didn’t belong in Mexican food, but I was wrong!
There are so.many.ways to add veggies to your favorite Mexican dishes.
Tacos? Use lettuce instead of a tortilla.
Burritos? Throw in some roasted onions & bell peppers.
… You could just keep some roasted onions & peppers on hand and use them in all sorts of tasty things: tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, breakfast burritos, breakfast tacos….
Make those roasted veggies!
Make baked veggie chips
If you’re in the mood for something salty and crunchy, baked veggie chips may be a good option.
There are all sorts of ways to make veggie chips. The moisture content of the veggie slightly changes the prep work, but really only slightly. You basically just slice ’em, salt ’em, oil ’em, and bake ’em. Easy peasy.
If you want to know how to make veggie chips, check out this blogger’s tutorial.
With some practice, you’ll find some creative ways to seamlessly incorporate vegetables into your daily diet. And remember, it’s ok to start small because at least you’re starting somewhere!
Do you have any tips for how to trick yourself into eating more veggies? Share them below!