Thursday, December 30, 2010

“Sneaking” in Greens, Blogging Gift, and Cookies

I don’t normally “hide” vegetables and “trick” people when it comes to fruits and veggies. However, I lately have been “hiding” a lot of leafy greens in my soups. Our CSA boxes are filled with leafy greens: Swiss chard, kale, different cabbages, bok choy, collard greens, mustard greens… I often use the veggies in stir fries, but my family has become a bit tired of them. In fact, the toddler has started eating around the veggies and picking them out.

So I decided to use them in another way. I add them to my big pots of vegetable soups I make at least once a week. I cook the veggies and then puree them with my immersion blender. At the end, I often add a few tablespoons of Greek yogurt. The mix of veggies and the added yogurt make the soups less “strong” and “vegetably” and everyone enjoys them. Yesterday the toddler ate two cups of soup and loved them! Not that I tricked him, but I know he wouldn’t have eaten nearly as many veggies had they been in a stir fry… Smile

Here is what was in the last pot of soup (all from our CSA box):
  • 2 large leeks
  • 1 onion
  • 6 small carrots
  • 1 bunch of Swiss chard
  • 1 bunch of “other greens” (I’m actually not sure what they were…)
  • Bok choy
  • 5 small potatoes
  • 5 cups of water (the soup was quite thick, but we like it that way)
After the veggies were cooked and pureed, I added some frozen herbs (cilantro, basil, and garlic), salt, pepper, and a few tablespoons of Greek yogurt. The soup was quite thick; I think many would prefer it a bit thinner but we loved it…

Gift to Myself
Several months ago, I came across a website that lets you print your blog and turn it into a book (Blog2Print). Thanks, Kathy, for mentioning it on your blog! I looked at it briefly back then but didn’t do anything with it. However, as the holidays approached, I thought it would be nice to turn part of this blog into a book for us to look at. And so I did! It’s a gift to myself (but hubby and the toddler have very much enjoyed looking at it as well since we got it as well).

As I have mentioned many times, I’m not much of a baker. In fact, I managed not to bake a single thing during the holiday season… So hubby got desperate and decided to make cookies (which was a first for him!). He and the toddler did a great job and made snickerdoodles (which is what I had requested!).

Questions: Do you every “hide” veggies? I don’t usually think of it as “hiding” veggies, but I add lots and lots of veggies to soups and pasta sauces. They add so much flavor, and I love making meals as nutritious as possible. Did you give yourself any gifts lately? If so, what was it? Did you bake during the holidays? If so, what was your favorite? 

Be well,


  1. Since I work with kids, parents often ask me about hiding vegetables. I do not recommend it but I think since you are consistently offering them, that is completely different. And hey, it changes things up. That soup looks delish!
    I love that you were able to turn your blog into a book. Love that idea.
    Have a great New Years, Andrea!

  2. Great idea! That soup looks delicious!

  3. WOW that book is incredible! what a thoughtful gift!

  4. That blog to print is a great idea. Your blog is always such a lovely reflection of your life, it's a great family gift.

    As you know, I made shortbread this year. And unfortunately, it was even better after a couple of days in the container. :P

  5. We often get greens in our CSA box that we have no idea what they are either!! He he!!!

    I've tried hiding veggies but my kids have the noses of bloodhounds. They can tell so I do my best just to encourage them to try them.

    I bought a dehydrator for myself the other day. I'm excited!

  6. That book is the coolest idea ever! I love it!
    I don't usually have to sneak veggies as I am usually only cooking for myself :P

  7. The book looks really nice.
    I add as many vegetables as I can to salads and soups and have made kale chips. I love roasting as many vegetables as I can, as well. My younger daughter made what she referred to as Chinese Hot Pots with her 9 year olds tonight. She made a flavorful chicken broth and had them pick out shredded carrots, celery, and other vegetables she had prepared to place in their bowls and then she poured the hot broth over their choices. They had a great time and loved being involved with the meal planning and preparation. She has turned three picky eaters into adventurous ones by involving them in meals from the planning stage, through shopping, and then meal prep. I am so proud of all of them.

  8. I haven't had to sneak vegetables lately but I have a feeling that I will run into this challenge someday. Soups and stews are great ways to incorporate these nutrient rich veggies. I know that we've loved kale chips but we weren't really sneaking it. :)
    As for a gift for myself, I recently bought an orchid which bring me much joy everyday.

  9. the book's great!

    happy 2011 to you! god bless xx

  10. Why didn't I turn my blog into a book this year? That would have been a great idea! Maybe it could be a good mother's day gift for my mom? I need to get on that....

  11. What a great idea!! I want to make a book! Thanks for sharing this information, I am definitely going to look into this. I have always thought to myself, "what if the internet crashes and I don't have my blog to show my kids?!". hehe, I know that's odd, but I really do think that sometimes!

    I love what you did with the soup. I don't think that's "hiding vegetables", I think it's using them in an innovative fashion. And the Greek yogurt is a great way to add creaminess. Now that I have a food processor I can start making more soups like this!

  12. Thanks for sharing about the blog book, what a wonderful idea.

    The soup looks delicious and just think of how healthy it is with all the mystery greens added.

    I use a ton of veggies for instance in smoothies I add fresh Kale, carrots and beets along with the fruits to boost the nutrition.

  13. I have been known to hide veggies. Or even call them different things. Noah will eat lentils, chickpeas and couscous because he thinks it's all "pasta". I know he wouldn't touch it otherwise. I also blend many a veg into soups and sauces....