by Pam Krauss
I have always taken issue with recipes designed to trick kids into eating vegetables by sneaking them in surreptitiously. How will you ever convince a child that vegetables are not only nutritious but really delicious, too, if they don’t even know they are eating them?
That said, baby carrots and crudité aside, few vegetables lend themselves naturally to snacking. I am the only member of my household who has ever enjoyed a reheated bowl of last night’s Swiss chard as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. So I was intrigued by Veggies Made Great‘s veggie-packed muffins, snack cakes, and frittatas.
These Veggie-Packed Muffins and Snack Cakes Are Actually Great
Veggies Made Great incorporate carrots, zucchini, broccoli, kale and the like into 3 or 4 gluten-free bites. All 22 of their dainty, muffin-sized treats proudly list vegetables as their first ingredient! And the four varieties that I tried were both satisfyingly flavorful and substantial enough to stave off hunger pangs between meals.
On the savory side, the veggie cakes and frittatas were moist and not overly eggy. There is a great range of options with and without dairy and/or meat. You could easily eat one or two for breakfast. Or serve a pair of Superfood Veggie Cakes or Mushroom and 3 Cheese Frittatas with a green salad for a nice, light lunch.
The muffins definitely fall on the sweet treat end of the spectrum. The Double Chocolate Muffin in particular could easily be served as dessert. But you could definitely do worse than swapping out one of these warm fudgy bites for your habitual brownie.
A single snack is probably not enough to qualify as a legit “serving” of veggies. But the real benefit may be that they are standing in for other, less desirable ingredients normally found in snack foods. And, with no soy, tree nuts, or gluten, they are an allergy-friendly food that will work with many diets.
They’re also extremely convenient. Microwave from frozen in under a minute to eat warm, or stash the still-frozen pucks in a lunchbox. Either way, they make an easy way to work a few more bites of veggies into your daily diet.