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10 Ways to Hide Zucchini in Food.

Updated on April 14, 2013
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A delicious strawberry, banana and zucchini smoothie
A delicious strawberry, banana and zucchini smoothie | Source

Zucchini. Love them or hate them! While some of us can eat them with no problems, others can't bear to look at them. This is when hiding this important vegetable becomes essential. Here are some simple and practical ways to hide zucchini in food.

  1. When making a shepherds pie, use the blender to turn a couple of zucchini into very tiny pieces. You stop blending just before the mixture turns into a puree. Take the finely chopped zucchini and mix with the meat. You can use some meat gravy like Bisto to colour the mixture of zucchini and meat so that children will be unable to tell the difference.
  2. When making a meat sauce to use with baked pasta, one can also blend a couple of zucchini and maybe even carrots into a puree and mix in with the tomato sauce. If you do not overdo it, nobody will be any wiser of your hidden vegetables.
  3. Zucchini can also be hidden in smoothies. Simply blend a banana, apple, zucchini and a glass of water into a delicious green drink. You really will be unable to taste the zucchini since it will be overpowered by the banana and apple. Another popular smoothie is the strawberry, banana and zucchini one. Blend 10 large strawberries and a banana with a medium sized zucchini and a splash of water. The zucchini hides perfectly without changing the taste of the regular strawberry/banana smoothie.
  4. Cooked and blended carrots and zucchini can also hide well in the red tomato sauce. If you do not cook the carrots they will remain a bit chunky, so ideally you boil them before blending with the zucchini and pouring the mixture into the red sauce. I use this red sauce to mix with pasta or to cover a pizza or to serve with certain meat or fish. Plenty of uses for a fresh master tomato, carrot and zucchini sauce.
  5. Zucchini can also be hidden in cakes. Barb's Zucchini Cake makes a particularly delicious cake and rest assured that nobody will ever guess it contains zucchini.
  6. Zucchini sticks are also delicious. Zucchini can be sliced into sticks, coated with milk or eggs and dipped in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. They are then baked in the oven until the breadcrumbs turn golden (usually around 20 minutes). The zucchini inside will be warm and mushy prefect for babies or young children.
  7. Zucchini can be hidden in almost any muffin recipe. Simply grate some fresh zucchini into your muffin mixture and follow your normal recipe.
  8. Meat burgers are also an excellent disguise for zucchini. Simply boil or steam and blend some zucchini into the meat mixture while preparing the homemade hamburgers. This will work well with all sorts of meat burgers, beef, pork or even chicken.
  9. If you love pancakes, you could also blend some zucchini or carrots into the pancake batter. Ideally you steam or boil these vegetables before blending to ensure a smoother texture.
  10. Zucchini Lasagne will allow you to place thin slices of lasagne hidden into this delicious comfort food. Simply cut zucchini into very thin slices and put right on top of the sauce on every layer.

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      kikalina 3 years ago from Europe

      Thanks for your comments. Happy New Year to you all.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great ideas. I did some of these when my three boys were young. I put finely diced zucchini in spaghetti, lasagna, sloppy joes, meat loaf, even chili. It is so mild that any dish with a strong or spicy flavor is a good place to hide extra vegetables. Good Hub. Thanks. :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Hurray for zucchini, those funny veggies. These are awesome ideas for using up all that zucchini. Thanks. Shared and votes up.

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      vibesites 3 years ago from United States

      Great suggestions. These tips can also be useful in "hiding" other certain veggies. Very well-thought up hub. Up and useful, awesome. :)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      10 Ways to Hide Zucchini in Food, very nicely written and a useful hub, the many ways mentioned is an absolute geat thought and i s worth trying

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      kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks Careermommy. Carrots are easier to hide since they are so sweet.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      These are great suggestions. I hide food in my kids food all the time. I normally use a carrot and spinach, but zucchini is a great vegetable as well.

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      kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

      Oh I hope he will love them. How old is he?

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      ChandiKuta 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Awesome tips! Thank you! I will try the zucchini sticks on my son tonight. Wish me good luck. :)

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      kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

      Thanks dor all your comments. I really lov zucchini but my children refuse it even though they just drank it in a smoothie.

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      CWanamaker 4 years ago from Arizona

      What a great idea for a hub! MY family and I frequently enjoy zucchini bread and I occasionally put them in spaghetti.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I love zucchini and don't want to hide it, but your suggestions are great, especially for mom's with kids who don't like veggies!

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      lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia

      Great up. Voted up and useful. Thanks for the tips. My husband will never know he's eating zucchini. Hee Hee Hee.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      These are great ideas, Kikalina, and I'm anxious to try them. Thanks for your innovative recipes. Peace and aloha from Washington state!

      Joe