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3 We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

6 School Lunch Ideas to Sneak in Veggies

Almost every parent has been there–trying to get our child to just try a piece of broccoli or a carrot. Sometimes it seems impossible, but we keep trying because we want to feed our kids the most nutritious foods that will help them grow strong and healthy.

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Sometimes the easiest way for us to get our kids to eat vegetables is to sneak them into their food slowly. At first they won’t even know they’re in there, so when you tell them that there are hidden veggies in their food, they’ll be a little more open to the idea of vegetables.

Here’s 6 delicious school lunch ideas that will help you get some veggies in your kids’ diets!

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We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

1. Broccoli Nuggets

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

Crispy, full of flavor, and perfect for dipping…these nuggets are just like the ones your kids already love, plus they have veggies! Your kids will probably think it’s cool that the nuggets are green and won’t even realize it’s actually vegetables. These are perfect for packing in lunch boxes!

2. Homemade Veggie Mac and Cheese

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

Take a family meal staple and put a healthier twist on it! This mac and cheese has hidden pureed carrots, giving it that bright orange color and slight sweetness. Your kids will love this creamy pasta, and you’ll love that they’re getting in lots of nutrients. Simply pack in a thermos the night before, and you’re good to go!

3. Carrot Zucchini Mini Quiches

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

Mini quiches are the ultimate lunch for easy packing and transport, and these delicious carrot and zucchini bites are no exception! They’re cheesy and packed with veggies–it’s a win-win. You could even make these for breakfast and use the leftovers for lunch for a two-in-one meal.

4. Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

This chicken and broccoli alfredo makes the perfect weeknight skillet meal, which makes even better leftovers for lunch the next day. Creamy pasta and chicken plus crunchy broccoli will make this recipe a family-favorite. Your kids won’t think twice about eating the veggies in this dish!

5. Zucchini Parmesan Waffles

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

You can’t go wrong with waffles for any meal. With these cheesy waffles with hidden veggies, you definitely can’t go wrong. As with the mini quiches, you can even make these for breakfast and make extra to throw in your children’s lunch boxes.

6. Crustless Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche Muffins

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to try vegetables, but they won't even know there's hidden veggies in these delicious school lunch ideas!

If you ever find yourself with leftover veggies (probably from your child’s plate at dinner), this is the perfect recipe for you. These cheesy quiche muffins can use up that leftover broccoli and cheese before they go bad. No one will know just how much nutrition is packed into these little quiches!

We hope you enjoyed these school lunch ideas to help you get your kids to eat more veggies. Be sure to keep checking MOMables.com for more tips and tricks to make meal time easier!

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Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Recipe

Looking for an easy weeknight meal, that will be on the table in minutes? If you have a skillet, we have a Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo recipe to do just that.

Looking for an easy weeknight meal, that will be on the table in minutes?  If you have a skillet, we have just the recipe for you.

easy chicken and broccoli alfredo skilet meal turns leftovers into a healthy thermos lunch! Perfect for the office or school

There’s just no way around it.  Getting meals on the table during the hustle and bustle of a weeknight is challenging.  How can you feed your family a filling, nutritious meal, and not spend the entire evening in the kitchen?  Well, all you need to answer this question is a skillet and a few simple ingredients.  Within minutes this Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Recipe will come together, and leave both you and your family, feeling good.

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In a large skillet, you’ll cook both your chicken, as well as make the creamy Alfredo sauce, followed by adding the cooked pasta and broccoli.  Familiar flavors such as parmesan, Italian seasoning and garlic will have your loved ones asking for seconds.

As always, leftovers make excellent thermos lunches for both adults and kids the next day.

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  • Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces rotini pasta
  • 12 ounces broccoli florets, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin diagonal slices
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole milk, or more, as needed
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, divided

Instructions

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In the final 3 minutes of cooking, add broccoli to the pasta and cook the remaining time.
  3. Drain pasta.
  4. In a large 12 inch skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil.
  5. Add chicken to skillet and begin to cook, flipping them over once, until they are cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.
  6. Remove them from the pan and set aside.
  7. Melt butter in the skillet over medium heat.
  8. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.
  9. Gradually whisk in chicken broth and milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes.
  10. Stir in heavy cream, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes.
  11. Add in 1/3 cup Parmesan until well combined, about 1 minute.
  12. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk as needed.
  13. Stir in pasta, broccoli and chicken.
  14. Serve and sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese

 

20 easy to make broccoli tater tots! they are naturally gluten free and grain free

Broccoli Tater Tots

It's probably safe to say that broccoli isn't a kid favorite food...but tater tots are! This simple Broccoli Tater Tots recipe is sure to become a regular in your meal rotation.

It’s probably safe to say that broccoli isn’t a kid favorite food…but tater tots are! This simple recipe is sure to become a regular in your meal rotation.

easy to make broccoli tater tots! what a cool way to get kids to eat more veggies!

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When it comes to getting kids to eat outside their comfort zone, putting the food in a fun, familiar form can be the ticket to success. These Broccoli Tater Tots are just that. Russet potatoes, parmesan cheese and a small amount of Italian seasoning create familiar flavors in a bite size tot.  Much less intimidating than an entire broccoli floret!

As always, these are not only a great meal for your family, but equally as good in the lunch box.  You can make the mixture ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Freeze individual tots prior to baking for up to a month. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

For more ideas, like this one, on adding variety to what your family eats,  check out our meal plans.

Just like the recipes in our meal plans, these broccoli tater tots are very simple to make. Kid friendly food doesn’t have to be complicated or made with processed ingredients! Check out how easy they are to make in this quick video:

Broccoli Tater Tots

easy to make broccoli tater tots! they are naturally gluten free and grain free

4 from 2 reviews

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cubed russet potatoes
  • 1 ½ cups finely grated raw broccoli
  • 2 cups shredded parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F, place oven rack in the middle of the oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Peel, cube into small dice sized pieces and measure 2 cups of russet potatoes (about 2-3 potatoes).
  3. Steam or microwave the potatoes to the point where a fork is easily inserted but it’s too tough to eat (about 10 minutes boiled, 6-7 in the microwave).
  4. Once they are cooked drain them and set aside to cool down.
  5. In the bowl of your food processor, pulse about 2 cups of chopped broccoli florets (depending on how you cut it, it should yield about 1 ½ cups chopped) until it resembles coarse rice.
  6. Measure 1 ½ cups of finely chopped broccoli and transfer into a large bowl.
  7. Next, pulse semi-cooked potatoes and 1 ½ cups of the Parmesan cheese; pulse just enough to break up the potatoes and combine them with the Parmesan cheese.
  8. Transfer mixture into the bowl with the broccoli.
  9. Add seasoning into the large bowl and fold all ingredients with a large spatula to combine.
  10. Place remaining Parmesan cheese into a small bowl.
  11. Begin to form tater tots into small balls with a 1 tablespoon size cookie scoop or your hands and a spoon.
  12. Once formed, roll each tot on more Parmesan cheese – just enough to coat it.
  13. Place each tater tot on the baking sheet, about ½ inch to 1 inch apart.
  14. Bake 12 minutes, until golden brown.
  15. Remove from oven and serve.

Notes

Please do not use wax paper. The cheese will melt onto the wax and the recipe will not turn out.You can make the mixture ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can freeze individual tots prior to baking for up to a month. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

 

 

23 these broccoli nuggets are made in one bowl and the cheddar and broccoli combo is one kids love!

Broccoli Nuggets Recipe

Are you looking for ways to make broccoli more appealing? This broccoli nuggets recipe is easy to make and kids love the broccoli cheddar combo!

Are you looking for ways to make broccoli more appealing?  These broccoli nuggets are easy to make and kids love the broccoli cheddar combo!

these broccoli nuggets are made in one bowl and the cheddar and broccoli combo is one kids love!

Broccoli.  Just that word alone can conjure up the shake of a child’s head and a firm, ‘no’ when it comes to eating this nutritious food.  

What’s a mom to do?  Broccoli Nuggets to the rescue!  Kids love nuggets of any kind, and the cheddar and broccoli combination is sure to get their stamp of approval.  These easy, make ahead nuggets, are great for the lunch box, an after school snack, or quick dinner on the go.  Pair them with a small container of homemade ranch or ketchup for dipping.

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When I say they are easy to make, I mean it. Check out this quick video and see for yourself.

You’ll love that they are getting a bit of green veggies into their day, and they’ll love the kid friendly flavor.

these broccoli nuggets are made in one bowl and the cheddar and broccoli combo is one kids love!

Our meal plans are full of idea and tips, just like this recipe, to help you overcome mealtime adversity.  For a sample meal plan and to learn how you can add variety to your family meals, click here.

Broccoli Nuggets Recipe

these broccoli nuggets are made in one bowl and the cheddar and broccoli combo is one kids love!

4.8 from 5 reviews

The combination of broccoli and cheddar in these Broccoli Nuggets are sure to make them a favorite with kids!

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  • Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce bag of broccoli florets, thawed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place broccoli florets inside a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  3. Add eggs, breadcrumbs, cheese and seasoning to veggie mixture. Process a few pulses until every combined.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, place veggie nugget scoops onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Gently press them down so all nuggets are the same height.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops are golden. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool slightly prior to serving.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 3 days.

 

48 easy veggie nuggets kids will love - who knew broccoli was this much fun!

Veggie Nuggets Recipe

Goodbye processed nuggets. Hello veggies for picky eaters. 

Easy Veggie Nuggets MOMables.com perfect for the lunchbox!

Having been around my fair share of kiddos, I’ve found that even the pickiest eaters seem to like “nuggets”. They are an American kid food staple. Unfortunately, most of these nuggets are highly processed, and have very little nutritional value.

Why feed our kids food empty of nutrition? I like that you can make these for dinner and recruit your little ones to help shape or bread the nuggets. In addition, they are perfect for the lunchbox since they are just fine at room temperature. If you need more lunchbox ideas, click here. We’ll email you some. 

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Today I am going to be sharing a recipe for nuggets with you. I apologize in advance for them not being shaped like dinosaurs, but instead they are packed full of veggies and fresh ingredients. I used a cookie scoop to shape them but you could easily make them with your hands.

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To make them, you start with ½ large cauliflower and 1 broccoli crown.

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Boil your cauliflower and broccoli together, until they are cooked and soft (about 10 minutes).

Remove from water and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process.

Place cauliflower and broccoli inside a food processor and process for a minute or two, until it’s thoroughly combined.

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Add eggs, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and seasoning to the veggie mixture. Process a few pulses until evenly combined. If veggie paste is too sticky, add additional bread crumbs. This will vary based on the size of your broccoli and cauliflower heads.

Using a cookie scoop (you can use a 1 or 2 Tablespoon cookie scoop, depending on how big you want your nuggets to be), place veggie nugget scoops onto a parchment line baking sheet.

Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Once they are cooked, they look like little macaroons. My kids liked to dip theirs in marinara sauce.

These also freeze very well. All you do is place uncooked nugget scoops onto a baking sheet, and place them in the freezer. Once they are frozen, you can store them in a gallon freezer bag. On busy nights, pull them out of the freezer, preheat oven, and bake an additional 2-3 minutes. These veggie nuggets are great to send in your child’s lunch.

Veggie Nuggets

easy veggie nuggets kids will love - who knew broccoli was this much fun!

4.8 from 6 reviews

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  • Cuisine: Lunch

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cauliflower
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In the microwave, lightly steam veggies. Or, boil your cauliflower and broccoli until they are cooked and still slightly crispy. Remove from water and rise in cold water to stop cooking process.
  3. Place cauliflower and broccoli florets inside a food processor. Process for a minute or two until it’s thoroughly combined.
  4. Add eggs, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and seasoning to veggie mixture. Process a few pulses until evenly combined. If veggie paste is too sticky, add additional bread crumbs. This will vary based on the size of your broccoli and cauliflower heads.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, place veggie nugget scoops onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown.

Notes

Some people have complained that the nuggets seem undercooked even when baked at a longer time. This is because veggies were overcooked when boiled. They need to be cooked but still slightly crispy, not soft.

To freeze: Place uncooked nugget scoops on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag. To bake again, preheat oven and add 2-3 minutes to baking time.

 

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