Everyone knows you should eat more fruits and vegetables. But what if you have picky kids (or a picky spouse) who just won’t eat their veggies? Then this list of healthy veggie recipes is for you!

Here is a collection of 25 healthy recipes with lots of veggies. Some of the recipes might not seem that healthy at first glance… But they are! These recipes are perfect for families who are trying to eat more healthfully but don’t want a plate loaded up with green leaves, or for toddlers who are in that stage where they’ll throw anything that looks remotely vegetable-like off the plate.

Use these recipes to make the transition to healthy eating a lot less painful!

(PS: Don’t have time to read all these recipes right now? Pin it for later!)

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Healthy veggie recipes for picky eaters

Want to increase vegetables in your diet but don’t know where to start? Any of the below recipes are a good way to start eating more vegetables without missing out on yummy food and desserts!

Just think of it- you could make a few of these easy vegetable recipes, and by tomorrow, you’d be able to have plenty of healthy veggies in every single bite of food you take, and not even notice! You might be surprised at how delicious some of these healthy veggie recipes are.


Starting your day with veggies is a great idea, but who wants a salad for breakfast?

Instead, try some of these hidden veggie breakfast recipes to help start your day off right. healthy vanilla purple sweet potato pancakes

Vanilla purple sweet potato pancakes

First on the list are these pretty pancakes. You can make them smooth enough that it’s impossible to tell it includes sweet potato! And if you get purple sweet potato, it’ll give you that nice lavender hue you can see in the picture above.

My hubby enjoys making breakfast on the weekends and I’m definitely gonna request these from him!

Recipe and picture from Strength and Sunshine

chocolate zucchini pancakes with blueberries

Chocolate zucchini pancakes with blueberries

What’s better than chocolate in the morning? Guilt-free chocolate in the morning! With this recipe, you can have your (pan)cake and eat it too.

This clean eating recipe has all you need for soft, thick, fluffy pancakes that will help fill you up and get you off to a good start. You might just see this recipe become a new weekly tradition!

(Love chocolate and being healthy? You’ll also like my detoxing cacao face mask!)

Recipe and picture from Strength and Sunshine

Healthy root coffee substitute with a spoonful of roasted chicory root

Coffee substitute

If you’re looking for a yummy warm drink to accompany your healthy breakfast, you should definitely check out my coffee substitute recipe! It has all the flavor you love about coffee, with none of the jitters or crash, and even better health benefits!

One of the secret ingredients is a starchy vegetable powder called Maca– it’s great for boosting stamina, endurance, fertility, and libido, plus it adds a sweet, rooty flavor to your drink! You can buy Maca here. It’s delicious in all kinds of recipes! There are a ton more healthy Maca recipes here.

Related: Maca health benefits- why you need to try this Peruvian superfood


Usually, quick grab-and-go snacks aren’t very healthy. Most snacks you’ll find at the store are packaged foods, wrapped in plastic, that are loaded with sugar and processed ingredients.

Related: Creative ways to use less plastic

But if you spend just a little time prepping some snacks, you can something healthy, satisfying, and veggie-filled next time you’re looking for something to munch on! These snacks all use plenty of vegetables. They should all freeze well too, so feel free to make tons so that you have a guilt-free snack (or breakfast or lunch!) on hand whenever you want!

Chocolate zucchini muffins- zero waste and healthy

Chocolate zucchini muffins

These hidden veggie muffins are healthy enough that you could eat them for breakfast or any time of the day! Since there’s no refined sugar, you can eat these healthy treats without any fear of a sugar crash.

Plus, these muffins don’t need cupcake liners, so if you buy the ingredients at a bulk store, you could potentially make this snack zero waste! Bonus!

Related: The best zero waste products to reduce your waste

Recipe and picture from The Good Life With Amy French

healthy zucchini bread next to a zucchini

Gluten-free vegan zucchini bread with maple oat crumble

Everyone’s favorite summertime treat is back, this time with a twist! The maple oat mixture that goes on the top takes this zucchini bread recipe to the next level. Plus this is another recipe that could easily be your breakfast, snack, lunch, or dessert!

This recipe is a great way to use extra zucchini from your garden- I know zucchini bread is one of my favorite things to make in the summer when I inevitably plant too many zucchini plants!

Recipe and picture from Strength and Sunshine

grain-free butternut squash bread on a cooling rack

Grain-free butternut squash bread

This healthy bread recipe is completely allergen-free and low-carb, without losing any deliciousness! It’s hard to find grain-free bread recipes that are also egg-free, but this one fits the bill- it’s even sugar-free! Plus bonus points for finding a creative way to use squash. This bread actually uses butternut squash flour, so you can make it year-round instead of waiting for your squash to grow!

This recipe uses any non-dairy milk, and I’d recommend almond milk. Most storebought almond milk has gross thickeners and preservatives (not to mention they’re crazy expensive) but luckily you can make your own healthy almond milk at home, quickly and easily!

Recipe and picture from Strength and Sunshine

nacho flavored crispy roasted chickpeas

Nachos flavored crispy roasted chickpeas

The veggies aren’t quite as hidden in this one, but it still doesn’t taste like vegetables! If you’re looking for a healthy snacking substitute for chips, this addictive recipe is for you. It tastes a bit like Doritos! (Minus the addictive chemicals and additives)

These snacks are super easy to make quickly. Once you’ve got the basic recipe down, you can experiment with all kinds of fun flavors!

Picture and recipe from Natural Green Mom


If you want an easy way to get kids to eat more veggies, smoothies are the way to go! They’re super healthy and are one of the easiest vegetable recipes out there. The best part? They don’t taste like a salad, or even worse, brussel sprouts! Nope, these easy smoothie recipes are pure yum and will make veggie-lovers out of your kids in no time.

And if you want a way to reduce your waste but still serve your smoothies in a fun way, serve it in a mason jar and pair it with a glass straw! These glass straws are wide and perfect for smoothies, milkshakes, bubble tea, and more!

Related: The best zero waste products to start reducing your waste

healthy smoothie with spinach and strawberries

The Popeye smoothie for kids

It can be really hard to get kids to eat spinach, much less enjoy it! But with this healthy smoothie recipe, your kids will be begging you for more spinach without knowing it!

This smoothie does turn out a little bit green, so if you have kids that won’t eat anything green, just toss in some blueberries!

Recipe and picture from Oh, The Things We’ll Make!

healthy peanut butter cup protein smoothie

Peanut butter cup protein smoothie

Mmmmm. This smoothie is a classic, but it’s been healthified using a secret veggie ingredient you’d never guess!

This smoothie is perfect fuel for recovering from a workout, but it would also work for an on-the-go breakfast! This recipe uses milk, and it’s another place you can easily substitute homemade almond milk for a cheaper, healthier option than storebought.

Recipe and picture from Strength and Sunshine

green smoothie with a straw and spinach

Sneaky green smoothie recipe

This yummy fruit and vegetable recipe will be your picky eater’s new favorite drink. It’s got plenty of vitamin A, vitamin C, protein, and calcium, making it a great healthy snack for kids!

Plus, this recipe really is sneaky- read it to find out the secret to including spinach in a recipe without any telltale green flecks left over!

Recipe and picture from Creative Green Living

Lunch/dinner recipes

It might be a little easier for you to get your family to eat their veggies at dinner than during dessert, but it can still be really tough if you have picky eaters! These vegetable main dish recipes are perfect for busy nights or healthier lunches.

If you need more ideas for healthy recipes for lunch or dinner, check out my clean eating board on Pinterest.

healthy beef tacos with hidden veggies

Healthy beef tacos

The great thing about making meals at home is that you can slowly increase the amount of veggies in your meals and no one will notice! At least, that’s true of this recipe.

These beef tacos use grated veggies that blend right in with the rest of the ingredients. Even if your kids want to leave the lettuce and tomatoes off the top, they’ll still get their veggies! This is a perfect healthy dinner option for picky eaters.

Recipe and picture from Simple and Savory

Hidden veggie quesadillas

Here’s another sneaky veggie recipe from south of the border. These quesadillas might seem like plain cheese, with no veggies at all, but you might be surprised at the secret ingredient that makes this into a healthy dinner option. It’s a great vegetarian-friendly recipe for the whole family.

This post also includes the recipe for a fresh cilantro lime cream to go with your quesadillas!

Recipe from A Mind “Full” Mom

Healthy pumpkin queso dip with radishes and jalapeno

Healthy pumpkin queso dip

Another healthy sneaky squash recipe for you! This quick vegetarian recipe doesn’t taste primarily pumpkin-y, but the pumpkin does help to smooth out the texture, and it adds an amazing flavor! There isn’t any Velveeta in this recipe and I promise you won’t miss it.

This would be a fantastic vegetable side dish for a crowd. Hubs and I always bring something like this to Halloween parties. Try this dip as a topping for veggies (cauliflower, broccoli, or celery) for an even healthier option.

Picture and recipe from Natural Green Mom

Desserts with veggies

These dessert recipes are sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters- in most of these recipes, you can’t even tell there are veggies in there! But believe it or not, they’re there. So, despite popular opinion, it’s possible to make a healthy dessert that’s still completely rich and satisfying, and these healthy dessert recipes prove it!

healthy black bean fudge

Healthy dairy-free fudge

Who doesn’t love fudge? Most fudge is about 99% sugar (honestly it gives me a headache) but this delicious fudge recipe actually uses black beans and coconut oil for a rich, decadent dessert! I know, I know, black beans aren’t actually veggies, but this recipe is still good for you!

It can also be adapted to any dietary restrictions you might have- it’s already vegan, sugar-free, grain-free, gluten-free, guilt-free, and 100% yum! If you don’t have black beans, try out the recipe for mint fudge with lentil from Tasting Page.

Feeding picky kids? If you want a fun (colorful!) fudge option for toddlers, check out this naturally colored, low-carb vegan fudge that’s loaded with healthy ingredients!

Whole New Mom also has a fantastic vegan and sugar-free secret ingredient mint fudge. You’ll have to read it to find out what the secret ingredient is- I was surprised!

Or if you’re a fan of coconut, you might want to try a yummy paleo coconut fudge. One can never have too much (healthy) fudge!

Recipes and picture from Whole New Mom

healthy chocolate avocado truffles

Chocolate avocado truffles

These keto, paleo, vegan truffles are to die for. The avocado makes them super creamy without any dairy, and the cocoa makes them rich and delish. Plus you can add any toppings or mix-ins you want!

This dessert is easy to whip up in a flash if you’re having company over- I bet they won’t be able to guess what the secret ingredient is!

Related: Luxurious DIY cacao face mask

Recipe and picture from Whole New Mom

healthy chocolate avocado pudding in cups

Chocolate avocado mousse

Avocado to the rescue again! This time, avocado helps make this pudding/mousse ultra smooth, but just like the avocado truffles, you can’t even taste it! This easy veggie recipe is super quick to put together, and it’s perfect for most diets too.

This mousse is a great option for hiding vegetables in food for adults, or kids who are veggie-sensing sleuths.

I like making a double recipe any time I make this because it disappears way too fast in our house. You should try it and see what I’m talking about!

Recipe and picture from Whole New Mom

dark stout black bean brownies next to a stout beer

Dark chocolate stout brownies

Mmmmm. You can make these brownies extra-tasty with either a stout beer or coffee! And the secret ingredient? Black beans! No one will know. Note that this recipe has gluten and it does use sugar, but I’m sure you could easily substitute the sugar for about a half cup of maple syrup if you want!

If you want another dessert that sneakily uses black beans, check out this healthified double chocolate dessert dip. Or if you’re feeling creative, this dark chocolate cookie dough recipe uses chickpeas!

Related: Yummy and simple detoxing cacao face mask

Recipe and picture from Hillsborough Homesteading

healthy mint chocolate chip ice cream in a bowl

Mint chocolate chip ice cream

I’m a sucker for a good bowl of ice cream. Just ask my husband how often I request his wonderful butter pecan ice cream! I love it. And ice cream is even more fun to eat when you know it’s good for you!

This healthy, paleo, vegan nice cream is very nearly a vegetable-only recipe. It’s diet-friendly, quick to whip up, uses avocadoes, and is naturally colored with another healthy secret ingredient- read the recipe to find out what it is!

And if you want to take your ice cream game to the next level, try this vegan mint chocolate ice cream with ganache from Whole New Mom! (It is a teensy bit more labor intensive, just so you know- but worth it!)

Recipe and picture from Oh, The Things We’ll Make!


There you have it! Some great ideas to help you sneak entire servings of veggies into breakfast, snacks, smoothies, dinners, and desserts. I hope you feel inspired by these healthy sneaky veggie recipes.

The only thing you have left to do is decide when you’re going to break the news about all the vegetables you’ve secretly fed to your family and friends!

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