“Children, time to eat raw zucchini.” ~ said no mom…ever.
Keep on dreaming, parents. But I think I might have a way to make this happen by getting them involved to make their own “pasta” using a spiralizer. I think your chances of that dream coming reality will increase greatly! This is such a fun kitchen tool, that is inexpensive, and a great way to get kids cooking and eating some extra veggies.
I like to mix the zucchini in with regular pasta to help hide any “green” taste. I will cook pasta, drain the water, and then add the spiralized zucchini. One zucchini per box of pasta is all your need, but you can adjust the amount depending where on the scale of picky eaters you and your child sit. If you have a really picky eater, you might want to start out with a small amount of zucchini, just to be on the safe side.
It’ll blend right in, especially if you add some pesto or tomato sauce. I had pesto on hand so I added it to the pasta. My girls love the pistachio pesto and the green in the pesto covers the little bit of green showing on the zucchini noodles, but whatever sauce works best for you, will be great in this dish. This fork has both pasta and zucchini pasta wrapped around it but you can hardly tell a difference!
Spiralizers are great for carrots, sweet potatoes, and other vegetables too! I haven’t tried beets yet but I look forward to trying those in there. You can find them in most stores that sells cookware and bakeware, or online on Amazon. They range in price from $30 to $300. I have a $35 spiralizer and it’s great for what we need it for. If I start to use it more often, we might consider an upgrade but for now, it’s great!
Best of luck getting in some extra greens, sneaky moms! :)