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Sneak more veggies into your menu!

· Make pasta dishes go green.   When spaghetti with meat sauce’s on the menu, add a load of extra veggies like spinach, summer squash or mushrooms.

· Remember herbs are leafy greens too.  Add fresh herbs to any rice, pasta or grain dish. 

· Get fancy with mac and cheese.  Spinach, tomatoes, peas, and broccoli make awesome additions. 

· Mix the potatoes.  Sweet and regular mashed potatoes are perennial favorites.  To add some extra nutritional value, mix the two types 1 to 1 in a mash.

· Sneak them in casseroles.  Shredded zucchini or summer squash can be added to virtually any casserole without changing taste or texture.

· Add veggies to grilled cheese.  Melted cheese between two slices of bread doesn’t have much green value.  Add a few layers of veggies.  Spinach or arugula, tomato, and avocado make awesome additions.

· Try adding carrot purée or chopped mushrooms to ground beef recipes. From hamburgers to meatloaf, a few steamed and puréed veggies (or a mix of carrot and sweet potato) go a long way.

· Basic tomato sauce is great – definitely counts as one veggie. But the more veggies added, the better! Try adding pureed carrots, winter squash, peppers, onions or greens.  How about throwing in a can of pumpkin puree?

· Making classic chicken soup?  Add some pureed tomatoes, squash, or potato.  It will make a thickened soup and also sneak in some extra veggies.

· Add carrot, sweet potato, or butternut squash puree to any chili or stew recipe.

· Chocolate is basically the best way to hide veggies in pretty much anything.  Case in point - sweet potato brownies.

· Add carrot or sweet potato puree to chocolate chip cookies for a treat that’s just as tasty, but has hidden health benefits too.