Picky Eater Bento #3! Sneaky Vegetables Back to School Recipes!

Picky Eater Bento #3! Sneaky Vegetables Back to School Recipes!

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(lively, bouncy music) – Hey Munchies, we’re midway through our picky eater bento mini series this week and today is sure to be a hot one because it is highly requested, how to sneak in those veggies. I wasn’t a huge veggie
fan for most of my life. I had to really work to learn
how to incorporate them, but there are actually a
lot of ways to add veggies and to be pretty sneaky about it. Let’s start with our
turkey surprise meatballs. Can you guess what the surprise is? (lively rhythmic music) To a bowl I add ground turkey with grated carrots and yellow squash, along with diced onion, oats, an egg, vegetable broth and salt. Mix to combine. The key is getting those veggies small so they mix right into
the meat discretely. I use a super small cookie scoop to make extra mini meatballs, roll them so they’re nice and round, and add them to a baking dish
and bake until cooked through. For even more veggie goodness I’m serving these lettuce wrapped. Some picky eaters will
actually go for this because it’s crunchy and fun. So don’t knock it ’til you try it. But you could of course
also make a meatball sub. I’m adding some ketchup to the side because that is a picky eater fav, but marinara would also work. Or, serve these with toothpicks and make it a fun dipping game. Next we’re sneaking
veggies into baked goods, pumpkin zucchini mini muffins. Can you believe pumpkin
season is almost here? Thumbs up if you want pumpkin recipes. First, blend oats into a flour. Then add in pumpkin puree, eggs, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice or additional cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda,
vanilla extract, and salt. Blend. I love blender muffin recipes
because they’re so easy. Then I can stir in some grated zucchini which is going to add so much moisture, but you won’t really taste it so it’s great for being sneaky. Feel free to add in additional mix-ins like nuts or chocolate
chips if you prefer. Transfer the batter to a muffin tin. I use a cookie scoop and a mini muffin tin and bake until a
toothpick comes out clean. Okay, yes. Nut-free, gluten-free,
veggie packed and delicious, I am going to say picky eater approved but you should test it out for yourself. If you’re enjoying today’s bento box, be sure to subscribe and hit the bell so your notified of new videos. More bentos are coming! I try to get fruits and
vegetables into every box in their whole foods form too. Sneaky is good, but it’s also good to develop a healthy
relationship with vegetables and acknowledge that
sometimes we’ve gotta eat them and that’s okay. So first we’ve got carrots. I used a peeler to get thin strips. It changes the texture to be
softer and less intimidating and makes it more fun to eat. Sometimes a simple switch can be new inspiration for picky eaters. I’m also adding cucumber, but, did you know that
cucumber is actually a fruit? Say what? So we’ve got a sneaky
fruit rather than veggie with these cucumber medallions. And when it comes to raw vegetables, sometimes dips are just
a must with picky eaters. That’s okay. Choose your picky eater’s favorite, ranch, salsa, guacamole or other, and make sure it’s
accessible with those veggies so they’re more likely to be eaten. For our last sneaky component we’re turning cauliflower into popcorn? Yes!
(upbeat, melodic music) I am simply tossing
small cauliflower florets with oil and seasoning. I use salt and garlic powder, but you could also use Parmesan or anything that you’re picky eater likes. Transfer to a baking sheet and roast until golden and tender. Okay, so it’s roasted cauliflower but it actually eerily resemble popcorn and something as fun as a title can be inspiring with food too. This is great as a warm
snack after school or work but it could also be fun cold. And that is the sneaky veggie box, but you’d never know, eh! And again, remember you don’t have to recreate
these boxes I’m sharing exactly as is, you can make them your own. Mix and match with your favorites to get your favorite bento, or the perfect bento for your picky eater. FYI, I also have an entire bento eBook with around 40 full bento box lunches and over 100 recipes. Check it out for more fun lunch ideas as well as vegan and vegetarian recipes. It’s available at mindovermunch.com/ebooks and you can get 10% off any
eBook or package of your choice this week only, if you use
the code PICKY at checkout. Also I’m hosting a giveaway for my newsletter subscribers this month for a full set of meal prep containers. If you’re on the list, you’re entered. You can sign up mindovermuch.com or use the link in the description. I’ll see you tomorrow for a
brand new bento box video. And remember, especially
when it comes to veggies, it’s all a matter of Mind Over Munch.

84 thoughts on “Picky Eater Bento #3! Sneaky Vegetables Back to School Recipes!

  • Mind Over Munch Post author

    How do YOU like to sneak in those veggies?! Let me know!

  • Parya Rezaei Post author


  • Parya Rezaei Post author

    Btw, I love your videos❤️

  • a___ montgomery Post author

    I'm loving this bento series so far! 💕

  • Kaitlin's Eating Show Post author


  • Stefanie Hase Post author

    I‘d love to see some recipes with fresh pumpkin, because canned pumpkin is kind of hard to find here.

  • Chinchilla Divine Post author

    Ooooooo….I love popcorn broccoli! I don’t know why I didn’t think to do cauliflower, too! I was one of those weird kids that loved veggies. Unless it was beets, rutabaga or celery, I was ABOUT IT. 🙂 As an adult, and thanks to you, The Domestic Geek and a bout with anemia I found out that fresh beets can be sweet and delicious! We only had canned. We were waaaay below the poverty line and there was a time when we had to supplement with food that had been picked from the trash. EVEN THAT can’t make me eat a RUTABAGA!

  • crowoeya Post author

    Omg my husband would love those meatballs! He loved the low carb lasagna 🙂 You don't have to be a kid to be picky lol

  • Holistic Running Mama Post author

    My boys love meatballs and that is a great idea. Thanks for the great tip

  • Sophia Aiello Post author

    Love this series! Gives me healthy ideas for lunch. I was into healthy eating before I found your channel, but you taught me that my favorite treats could be made whole and healthy❤️

  • Yasmine Noor Post author

    How many calories are these bento boxes?

  • Jenn in Kanata Post author


  • MOM OF 4 Post author

    👍 🎃 and 🙌 to more bento boxes

  • fanofpink Post author

    👍 for pumpkin!!!!

  • Chiara Carissimi Post author

    In love with these series

  • DeathBright Post author

    This look amazing and I need this. I love how easy this one is.

  • Richie Gray Post author

    Hit the bell lunchtime😎😎😎😎😎😇😇😍😍😍🤗🤗🤗🤗

  • Stephanie Post author

    My kiddos do pretty good with vegetables and if there's a new one that I introduce them to and they don't like it, I'll wait a month or two and make that same veg but prepare it in a different way and that typically works.


  • Ariana Graham Post author

    ❤️❤️cannot wait to try!!

  • nefertiti1052 Post author

    I use carrot strip as replacement for pasta and just add the sauce I would normally eat with pasta

  • Bonnie P Post author

    Omg, YASS! Pumpkin!!

  • Anne's Family Recipe Post author

    Love the carrot ribbons! Might implement that with my toddler to make the fat, hard carrot sticks less of a choking hazard 👍🏻 🥕

  • Sophie H. Post author

    I love the hidden veggie recipes, please keep making them!

  • Goof Troop33 Post author

    More Pumpkin recipes please!!!

  • Valerie D Post author

    My life flashed before my eyes when you said pumpkin season is almost here. Omg its nearly Autumn!!!

  • Lola D Post author

    BRING ON THE PUMPKIN RECIPES!!! (Also a refresher on pumpkin purée)

  • Jenni J Post author

    Great video! I sneak veggies in by making them less noticeable but I will still tell my daughter what is in her food. She needs to know that she has to eat vegetables. Still trying to get her to eat it as is…one day.

  • Vibeke Vall Post author

    Is pumpkin pure just pure cooked pumpkin? Do not think we can get anything but the whole pumpkin in Denmark.

  • Amber Watches Post author

    Lol. I love you Alyssia, but our idea of "picky eaters" is very different. 🤣 These last 3 meals looked great to me, but I love veggies and variety. <3 great content either way!

  • unicornfarts 101 Post author

    I love pumpkins spice stuff could you make a healthy pumpkin spice latte

  • Nelly Luong Post author

    The muffins are awesome! You could even switch up the zucchini for carrots to have a carrot cakes like muffin. 😍❤️

  • Tesla Cannon Post author

    I would love a vid of how you edit your vids. Always been super high quality

  • Rachel Goodall Post author

    Love anything pumpkin 🎃! Keep giving us more pumpkin recipes ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Bea Szoter Post author

    This was my fav box I will def make these as a snack for my son! And he’s not picky so he will demolish all of them.

  • Heather Chinoski Post author

    Um…yum, yum and yum!! Can't wait to try and p.s. we're not even picky! 😜

  • Misty Thompson Post author

    Mind blown I hadn't thought of carrot ribbons. Are those Persian cucumbers? I'm Vegan so prefer those videos but I am very appreciative of your balanced channel and vast knowledge.

  • Lavenia Hewes Post author

    It’s Wednesday my dudes

  • RapnFreshD Post author

    I can eat this whole box this is the first time no recipe affects my allergies I am so happy!! I will probably try these ! Thank you

  • Convex Sphere Post author

    Be still my heart. I LOVE this mini series!!! My 12 year old son has been crowned World Champion Picky Eater from 2006-2018; we are so proud. Not really, but this mini series has me like “Challenge Accepted!!” We will see if these things can pass his very technical Look/Smell/Poke/Prod/Nibble test. Cross your fingers!!

  • Irina Stoliarova Post author

    Wow! That's a really inspiring bento!

  • KentSpain85 Post author

    I love everything here 😀 Thank you!

  • cmillo7784 Post author

    What can i sub for the egg my kid is allergic

  • Jade Small Post author

    Am not a picky eater but im looooovving this mini series gurl..for a lil healthy snack box 😊😊😊

  • Tops Rice cream girl Post author

    Every furit has seeds like Avocado

  • A Reum Jung Post author

    I am allergic to eggs… any substitution I could use for the recipes???

  • Is a bell Post author

    Nooooo summer dont go! Lol love these

  • I Just Like To Cook Post author

    Very clever! lol

  • R Oki Post author

    Mini Turkey meatballs are a great idea for a lunch! I love the blender muffins too.

  • R Oki Post author

    I adore your graphics!

  • R Oki Post author

    I also love the dips involved to make the lunch interactive!

  • Recipes by Roopa Post author

    Great idea to feed veggies to kids👍🏻👍🏻

  • Shoshana Loomer Post author

    #bento4life! I love these videos! They are so creative! Getting hungry looking at this video!! Love you!!

  • J&J Tomlin Post author

    My kids aren’t picky but I love to get extra veggies in them so this is perfect!

  • Karen Murphy Post author

    Sneaky indeed!

  • Jamello Post author

    I love this bento! This is my favorite so far!

  • Amy Rene Post author

    This channel is great. Namaste!

  • kittykatkate924 Post author

    Every part of this looks AMAZING!! Thank you so much for these wonderful ideas!

  • Tracie Irene Post author

    Non-English cucumbers, possibly peeled, can be an easier sell for some picky eaters. That peel is really, really bitter.

  • dylan taylor Post author

    Turkey meatballs, and its almost pumpkin season?…….YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!! and one of my favourite ways to hide in veggies is spaghetti Bolognese I love putting in carrot some broccoli some onion and some capsicum! Anyways have an amazing day

  • Becky Baker Post author

    More pumpkin recipes please, especially if they're gluten/dairy free! I'm sneaky with veggies with my autumn bread 🙂 Whole wheat flour, pumpkin, banana, carrot, and zucchini are all in the loaf! But now that I'm gluten-free, I'm going to have to do some tweaking and figure out if I can still make it work

  • Dami S Post author

    Love this Bento Box. Not sure if anyone asked but are the muffins good to freeze for later?

  • lilyinthethrns Post author

    Absolutely love your videos!!!

    Do you have a recommendation for a microwaveable bento lunch box?

  • J Pearce Post author

    Do you have any suggestions for making the meatballs meat-less? I’m not good at coming up with such things.

  • RICHARD1974 Post author

    great video as always. hope you never run out of ideas or recipes.

  • Huliatt Post author

    Hi Alyssia, I just bought the Vegetarian Recipes and Big Bento Book bundle and I'm loving it!!!

    Please do tell, where do you buy your bento boxes? They look perfectly sized and portioned for a varied lunch with those 5 departments! <3

  • Amy Post author

    lively, bouncy music according to the closed captioning. Haha!

  • Asio Elma Post author

    New subie. I learnt about you after following The Domestic Geek and seeing you with Sara Lynn and following you guys on Friday Night Supper Club. I've been binge watching you videos and already got so many ideas. You are very creative. Thank you!

  • Octobersmom7 Post author

    My family would disown me if I tried passing cauliflower off as their favorite snack (popcorn) but the rest of these are doable.

  • Funtime Chica Post author

    hey guy im so happy I just got a dente box now I can finally follow your recipes (>ω<) *i cant describe my face *

  • Amanda M Post author

    Yes, more pumpkin recipes please!

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  • fenny121289 Post author

    Am a picky eater. I wont eat half of it. No onions, no zucchini, no pumpkin, no cucumber, no cauliflower either. I hardly eat carrot. Now Im raising a child, idk what am gonna do. QQ

  • Cymba McReynolds Post author

    I love to have cut up crunchy fruits and veg in the fridge. They are great for mindless eating when you're a snacker. And more healthier than a bag of chips

  • Rosie Morales Post author

    Wow this is an Awesome way of feeding veggies to my little picky eaters👧👦Thank you for taking the time out for helping everyone with nutritional meals🍴

  • Hannah A Post author

    I keep going to subscribe, only to realize I'm already subscribed. 🤦

  • VIVIAN SOMMER Post author


  • dani t Post author

    My kids are not crazy picky now that they are a little older , but my oldest when he was 4 refused to eat spaghetti noodles. It had to be another shape , like bow tie or shells anything but spaghetti. Went on for 2 years. It wasn't a big deal , I just thought it was a funny thing to do lol.

  • Elena Togliatti Post author

    Probably I'm the only person on the planet Who doesn't like pumpkin…

  • internetultrageek Post author

    This may be my new fave of your bento boxes 🙂

  • Şeçkin Işık Post author

    Türkçe çevirin alt yazılı yapın biz anlamıyoz çok güzel şeyler yapıyonuz bizde öğrenmek istiyoz tatlım tamam😘😘😘😘

  • Eleanor Mata Post author

    All your videos are awesome

  • May Mohamed Post author

    very very nice
    رائع جدا

  • Kay B83 Post author

    I need grain-free pumpkin zucchini muffins in my life all the time! 💚🙌

  • Louise Cantrell Post author

    I loved this one! I have two grandchildren that I need to sneak veggies in on.

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