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Every parent knows (or in my case, every proud aunt) the unspoken word we dare not say in front of the kids, the dreaded "V" word.... cue the music of doom... v-e-g-e-t-a-b-l-e-s. Somehow this essential food group was branded a bad rap for being, "icky." Today, we challenge that misconception with 9 simple clever hacks to make mealtime a little easier on Mom and Dad. So, let's join forces to make veggies less of a chore by serving up these kid-approved foods that they'll never guess are vegetables. Tip: if your veggies are on the verge of decline, freeze them for long-lasting freshness and quick, convenient cooking. Trimmed and washed, store up to 8-10 months.

Beet

New Classic Red Velvet Cake

Broccoli

Crispy Broccoli-Carrot Fritters with Yogurt-Dill Sauce

Butternut squash

Butternut Squash Spice Cake

Carrot and Parsnip

Root Veggie Fries

Cauliflower

Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower
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Cucumber

Cucumber-Chili-Lime Ice Pops

Red bell pepper

Savory Egg Muffins

Sweet potato

Sweet Potato and Pecan Flapjacks

Zucchini

Zucchini Cookies

For more snacks you and your little ones will love, go green with these crispy chips.

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