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Toddlers (and sometimes even husbands!) are a finicky bunch, and getting them to eat their veggies is oftentimes a struggle. If paired with the right ingredients, many vegetables will start to “take on” the taste of the surrounding food, hiding their taste, and making their presence unknown to people who are not in the food preparation loop.

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Hidden Veggie meatloaf is sure to impress a finicky toddler, and you’ll be glad that they are eating it as well, because of all the nutritious ingredients that are lurking inside.

{Photo Credit: The Memoirs of Megan}


  • 1.5 lb extra lean ground meat (beef, bison, or turkey)
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs (or regular dry Quaker oatmeal)
  • 1 slightly beaten egg
  • 1 can tomato paste, or 1/2 of a jar of tomato sauce
  • Hidden Veggie Options: Carrots, Zucchini, Spinach, Squash Puree


  • Grate selected veggies
  • Place in bowl with meat and breadcrumbs and add the egg and tomato paste
  • Mix very well
  • Place in loaf dish and pack the mixture down
  • Add some ketchup for the top
  • Cover & Bake on 375 for appx. 45 minutes
  • Let cool for 5 minutes