The secret to getting finicky eaters to happily gobble up a plate of vegetables lie in discreet and clever packaging. And these delicious and healthy dishes just happen to be packing a serious side of veggies.

1. Pasta sauce is the ultimate vehicle for smuggling veggies onto your kid’s plate and Michael Smith’s kid-friendly version features puréed spinach and carrots that are cleverly hidden in the bright red tomato sauce.

Get the recipe for Michael Smith’s Spaghetti with Hidden Vegetable Tomato Sauce

2. Moist and dense chocolate cake transforms from a decadent treat to what amounts to basically a health food when you add nutrient-rich beets to the mix.

Get the recipe for Anna Olson’s Rich Beet Chocolate Cake

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3. You’d be hard pressed to find a kid who wouldn’t be thrilled to see mac and cheese on the menu. This recipe calls for a significant amount of butternut squash to lend both creaminess and that bright orange hue kid’s love.

Get the recipe for Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

4. What kid doesn’t like chicken nuggets?! And these clever bites include the healthy summer squash, zucchini. There will be zero complaints when these dunkable chicken and zucchini nuggets hit the table.

Get the recipe for Chicken and Zucchini Nuggets

5. The only thing children love more than noodles, is noodles doused in cream sauce. In lieu of calorie-rich butter and heavy cream, this alfredo sauce gets its smooth texture and taste from nutrient-rich cauliflower.

Get the recipe for Cauliflower Alfredo

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6. Sneak sweet potatoes into your weekend pancakes and watch little ones eat them right up. The subtle sugary flavour of  this sweet veggie means there’s less need to top pancakes with calorie-packed syrup, and will provide a nutritional kick at the same time. Just add already cooked mashed sweet potato – with lumps! – to a basic pancake recipe and cook on the griddle.

Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Pancakes

7. This rich dark chocolate pudding serves a vitamin-packed punch thanks to creamy yet undetectable avocados and chia.

Get the recipe for Chocolate Pudding with Avocado

8. Cut down on the calories by replacing much of the heavy cream and butter with smooth cauliflower for a healthier version of this brown rice risotto.

Get the recipe for Creamy Cauliflower Rice

9. Little fingers gravitate towards food that can be consumed without utensils. You’ll be happy to let them dive right into these easy to make, golden veggie-filled mini pies with store-bought rotisserie chicken and broccoli.

Get the recipe for Giada De Laurentiis’s Mini Chicken and Broccoli Pot Pies

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10. Add more cruciferous vegetables to your kids’ meals with this cheesy mash that will have them running for seconds and thirds. To prepare this dish, add steamed cauliflower florets to your boiled russets and mash away. Finish it with butter, cream and even scallions and watch as the little ones happily eat it up.

Get the recipe for Cheesy Cauliflower Mash

11. Serve these crowd-pleasing, super-moist chocolate muffins to your most picky eater and watch with delight as they devour the zucchini you’ve hidden inside.

Get the recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

12. They may look like deep-fried hash browns, but these cleverly disguised cauliflower pancakes boast more nutrition and less fat than their potato counterparts.

Get the recipe for Savoury Cauliflower Pancakes