Sneaky Mama Trick #8: Hide Veggies in Sauce

May 13th

One of the easiest way to sneak veggies into our kids’ food is through pasta & pizza sauce. This delicious sauce has carrots, spinach, tomatoes and kale – But you can add ANY veggie and even some fruit to the mix. I’ve added beets too because it makes the sauce a brighter red. Sometimes the green veggies can make the sauce slightly brownish. The fresh herbs are basil and parsley, and dried oregano. The onion and garlic make it taste authentic and add cold-fighting properties.

The best part? It looks and tastes JUST like real pizza/pasta sauce. Even though the kids see the veggies going in, they can’t taste the difference… so they gobble up their veggies… and ask for more :).

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(Vegetarian, Nut Free)


  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup boiled carrots – with ½ cup of the water saved
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup of baby kale
  • ½ chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons of each (fresh) basil & parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 2 cloves of garlic pressed
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil

Tools Needed:

  • Food processor
  • Cutting board
  • Child safe knives
  • Spatula
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Small bowl
  • Large sauce pot

Be safe! Keep little hands away from all sharp objects, like the food processor blade… and hot surfaces like the stove!

Step 1: Blend spinach, kale leaves, carrots, crushed tomatoes, basil and parsley, in a food processor.

Step 2: ADULT: heat olive oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook until brown. Remove from heat.

Step 3: Add blended veggies, and warm on low-medium heat in a covered saucepan for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

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