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Weaning My Family Off of Processed Foods – While Sneaking in Some Hidden Fruits and Veggies

Turkey and Veggie Tacos – My Latest Success at Tricking My Family Into Eating Veggies


In my quest for easy foods and nutritious non-processed foods that my family will actually eat, tacos are a sure win. Everyone likes them. All 3 boys eat a ton of tacos, as do my husband and I. It is also super easy to make an extra big batch of taco meat, and then freeze the leftovers which can be quickly reheated for a convenient, non-processed meal.

What makes tacos even better is how easy it is to hide healthy stuff in them. I’ve been particularly successful at hiding veggies in our taco meat, and everyone still loves it. For my latest batch, I had to actually make the boys stop eating after all 3 of them had eaten almost as many veggie tacos as my husband and I.

So here is the recipe for my Turkey Veggie Tacos…

1.5 pounds ground turkey (the turkey I buy from Costco comes in 1.5 pound packs)
1/2 small onion (rough chopped)
1/2 medium sweet potato (peeled and rough chopped)
1 stalk celery (rough chopped)
1/2 red bell pepper (seeded and rough chopped)
1/2 cup baby carrots
1 clove garlic
1 tsp olive oil
1 TB ground cumin
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground oregano
1 tsp salt
(If your family prefers spicier tacos, you can add more chili powder and cumin. For my family my husband and I just add hot sauce to our tacos and let the kids have a milder meat).

Brown ground turkey. While meat is browning, add veggies and olive oil to food processor and process until you get a good puree consistency. Add veggie puree and spices to browned turkey (drained if you have too much fat drippings – the brand I use doesn’t really leave much for drippings so I don’t drain it). Cook for a few minutes stirring occasionally (you don’t want raw veggies in your taco meat, even if they are pureed). Serve with your favorite taco shell or tortilla, shredded cheese, lettuce and hot sauce if desired.

You can also add zucchini or spinach to puree depending on the veggies you have on hand. Give them a try and let me know what you think.


Author: Rebecca Osterman

I'm a stay at home mom and freelance graphic designer.

3 thoughts on “Turkey and Veggie Tacos – My Latest Success at Tricking My Family Into Eating Veggies

  1. Love this idea! I would never have thought to put sweet potatoes in it. Will have to get my food processor out!

    • Marsha,
      I didn’t originally add sweet potatoes either. But a few weeks ago I had to go out of town and had a bunch of organic sweet potatoes that would go bad before I got back. So I cut them up in fry shapes and froze them. Unfortunately, my kids won’t eat sweet potato fries, so I’ve been pureeing the frozen sweet potatoes and adding them to not only tacos, but also marinara and pizza sauce. They blend in really well, and add just that little bit of sweetness that kids like in their food anyways. Let me know if you try it and like it!

  2. Pingback: My Top Five Veggies to Hide in Our Food | The Process of Eating Less Processed

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