Hiding veggies in your kids food is so last year. What’s in? Minimizing your veggies with my Micro Chop Method!
Eat this: 6 radishes, 1 cup of carrots and 1 ½ cups of leafy green arugula. Try getting your kids to eat that raw veggie combo: Good luck. But what about if you micro chopped those healthy veggies into a creamy spreadable cream cheese dip that’s totally snack-friendly? Perfect! Serve my recipe for vegan Micro Veggie Cream Cheese and you won’t have to remind them to eat their veggies…because they just did! Click ahead for my recipe…
Micro Chop Method. I’m not a big fan of hiding veggies in food. However, I have no problem with minimizing them! The basic theory: chop your veggies into super small shreds, dices and bits. Tiny bits are easier to eat than big monster sized chunks. I think many adults will even appreciate this idea. After you’ve sliced and diced your veggies into the tiniest of bits, fold and whip them into a creamy spread. I love using vegan cream cheese. You can even use this same method in spreads like peanut butter, hummus and guacamole.
Healthy Veggie (and Fruit) Options. For cream cheese I love a colorful array of radishes, carrots, arugula or parsley. It’s crunchy, healthy and zesty! Other healthy veggies (and fruit) that you can easily micro chop include: celery, spinach, bell peppers, apples, raw broccoli, radishes, fennel, olives, scallions, zucchini, cucumber, onions, bean sprouts, mushrooms, parsley, cilantro, basil, cabbage, jicama, and so much more! I just don’t advise using anything mushy like tomatoes, strawberries or similar items.
Micro Veggie Cream Cheese
vegan, makes 2 cups
1 cup vegan cream cheese
1 ½ cups arugula
1 cup organic baby carrots
pepper to taste
1. Clean your produce.
2. Scoop cream cheese out into a large mixing bowl.
3. Micro chop your veggies in tiny dices, cubes, shreds and bits. I advise using a Chef’s knife or a Santoku knife. I love my Mini Santoku knife from Crate and Barrel-only $10. I found a Mini Santoku Knife from Amazon only $6.99.
4. Scoop all the chopped veggies/fruit into your mixing bowl and whip well. Make sure to coat all the veggies in cream cheese and the manual mixing will whip some nice fluffy texture into the cream cheese.
5. Add some fine black pepper if you’d like.
6. Serve! Add a garnish of leftover micro veggies.
Optional Add-in: add an acid like lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to your recipe. This will thin out the spread or dip and give it an acidic kick! And you can always get fancy by adding in other herbs, flavors and accents. Try everything from dill and paprika to soy sauce and maple syrup! Creativity folks…
Uses: Use it the same way you would any cream cheese. Makes a perfect snack-just add crackers! Spread it on bagels, toast, wraps, pitas and even as a veggie stick dip for double the veggies!