Welcome to my ultimate hidden vegetable lasagne, the recipe where I show some of the tricks I use to boost the vegetable content of the meals I feed my family.
Honestly, looking at the picture below would you believe this lasagne recipe contains 5 times more vegetables than meat, that’s why it’s called a hidden vegetable lasagne I suppose.
Hidden Vegetable Lasagne or Lasagna?
Is this a hidden vegetable lasagne or lasagna? To be honest I had to use google and call a friend to decide if this recipe should be called a Lasagne or Lasagna. I hope I have got it right. From what I have gleaned Lasagna refers to a single sheet of pasta, and then lasagne refers to a dish made up of layers of lasagna. As my recipe is layers of hidden vegetable meat sauce, sneaky vegetable containing bechamel and lasagna, I am pretty confident that what I have created is a hidden vegetable lasagne recipe. But honestly, I am still a little confused.
What vegetables are hidden in my kids lasagne?
These are the veggies I have hidden in my kids’ lasagne. Half a cauliflower, a stack of spinach, plenty of mushrooms, onion, carrot, and lentils. Over 2.5 kgs of vegetable content, in fact, alongside the 500g of mince.
To get so much hidden vegetables into my kid-friendly lasagna I use a blender/smoothie maker. Savoury smoothies are brilliant in cooking. I whip up 2 smoothie combinations for this hidden vegetable recipe, a tomato and spinach version and a tomato and mushroom smoothie. These get added to the meat sauce to make this a truly hidden vegetable lasagne.
The final hack is one you may have seen on my blog before, I use it in my healthy macaroni and cheese, the trick is cauliflower purée added to the bechamel sauce. In my macaroni and cheese recipe, I masterfully add zucchini to the sauce as well, it is a trick worth checking out!
Hidden vegetable recipes are they a good idea?
This brings me to my final word on hidden vegetable recipes. Should we actually be hiding vegetables in our kids food?
We now know that we should be aiming for 8-10 servings of vegetables and fruit per day for health benefits, that means we probably need to do both!We need to be serving vegetable laden recipes as well as veggies loud and proud on the plate, as side dishes and snacks.
I call this a hidden vegetable recipe, but it should probably be called a loaded vegetable recipe, yet it is hard to detect the vegetables. I am doing it more for increasing my families veggie intake than to combat picky eating. Although if this hidden vegetable recipe helps someones, picky eater, to eat better, then I call it a win. You can read more about my thoughts on the topic of getting kids to eat vegetables To Sneak Or Not To Sneak
Kids Dinner Ideas
Lasagne is always a winner as a kids dinner idea, and you will find the full recipe for this below. If you are after more ideas, please check out the Dinner Ideas section on my website, or these are some of my most popular kid-friendly dinner ideas
- Healthy Macaroni Cheese
- Pork sausage, apple, and sweet potato traybake
- Honey Soy Chicken Tray Bake
- Chicken Spinach Pasta Bake
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 390 Total Fat 24g Saturated Fat 9g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 12g Cholesterol 78mg Sodium 413mg Carbohydrates 19g Fiber 4g Sugar 4g Protein 25g