Some people say that you’re officially an adult when you turn 18, some say it’s when you buy your own car, and some say it’s when you get kicked off your parent’s health insurance. I think the real mark of adulthood is when you go grocery shopping and spend your own money buying vegetables. Because even when we grow older and stop throwing temper tantrums over green peas on our dinner plates, do we ever really get over the fact that vegetables aren’t that great? Listen up: I’ve found some ways to disguise them.
1. Carrot Cake
How glorious is carrot cake? I mean, yes we were all skeptical about it while standing in line at the elementary school cafeteria, but once we braved the first bite it was discovered how luscious and un-vegetable carrot cake tastes. Throw on an extra inch of cream cheese frosting and you’re good to go.
Recipe here: Best Carrot Cake Ever
2. Zucchini Bread
I don’t know who looked at a long green zucchini and decided, “Let’s make that into bread!” But whoever it was, thank you. Now I can eat a vegetable for breakfast and not even feel sketchy about it!
Recipe here: Sally’s Zucchini Bread
3. Black Bean Brownies
Black beans, when mixed with copious amounts of chocolate, can actually be transformed into a rich and creamy treat that you’d never know is giving you nutritious value. That’s what we like to hear.
Recipe here: Black Bean Brownies
4. Chocolate Avocado Mousse
This one is kind of a cheap shot, because most of us don’t need another reason to love avocados and buy them constantly even though they’re overpriced (unless you live in California). But wow, chocolate AND avocados? Count me in!
Recipe here: From the Food Network
5. Beet Cupcakes
Beets are weird–to me, they call to mind red jiggly spheres that you only see at weird relatives’ holiday parties or church fundraising dinners. But when mixed with red velvet and poured into a cupcake tray, beets can be revamped.
Recipe here: Red Velvet Beet Cupcakes
6. Rhubarb Pie
Surprise–rhubarb is a vegetable!! I bet you thought it was a fruit. Chop it up and throw it in a pie, and you’ll be the healthiest dessert eater on the block.
Recipe here: Straight-Up Rhubarb Pie
7. Sweet Potato Pancakes
Pancakes are a wonderful way to disguise anything less than desirable into something you’ll want to eat for every meal. With the right amount of cinnamon and sugar, sweet potatoes can be delicious. Throw on some syrup? You’re golden.
Recipe here: Weelicious Sweet Potato Pancakes
8. Kale, Mint, and Pear Smoothie
I used to believe the world was divided into two types of people: Those who reject the theory that green smoothies can be good, and those who pretend to believe in it. Then I drank a green smoothie. And I changed my mind. The pear and mint take away the badness of the kale. Tasty!
Recipe here: Pear-Mint-Kale Smoothie
9. Chocolate Mashed Potato Cupcakes
I know, it’s hard to look at a potato and think “cupcake”. But a nice, fluffy spoonful of mashed potatoes can be transformed into a nice, moist chocolate cupcake if you try hard enough.
Recipe here: Chocolate Mashed Potato Cupcakes
Now you have no excuse to avoid the vegetable aisle. Go buy some veggies and eat your way to “healthy”!