Vegetables. (Fancy Title for Magical, Mystical Veggie Mix That Goes In A Lot of My Food!)
Make My Veggie Mix That I Keep on Hand for Almost Everything:
About 4 carrots, 3 purple chives (or any color), a white onion, a pasilla pepper, a small bell pepper, an Anaheim pepper, a smallish eggplant, about 4 inches of zucchini, handful of cilantro, and whatever else you think you might want in there. I use this for so many things. I make it, and keep it for the week. It almost always gets used up, and if not, it gets fed to my dog and iguana! Just process it through your grating disc (cheese), until it’s a fine shred. It will have a lot of moisture. DO NOT drain it! You can also just chop it with a blade, or a mixture of both, depending on what you’re throwing in there.
Other variations: for a less peppery version, omit spicy peppers and add tomatoes, or more eggplant, zucchini. Celery also works really well in this. I also do things like pork rinds (for a carb-less breading texture), gluten-free pretzels, coconut, and nuts of all kinds! You can also do any kind of kale and chard in this. Literally any veggies can go into this, and you can tweak this based on whatever you are trying to make.
I have made this mix for so many recipes, including Albondigas Soup, Shepherd’s Pie, Any Kind of Chili, Minestrone Soup, Soup Soup Soup!, One Pot Paleo Meals, , Meatballs, More Meatballs, Meatloaf, Tacos, Enchiladas, Salsas, Taco Meat, Quesadillas, Grilled Cheese, Stuffed Burgers, Pizza Sauce, Pizza Topping, “sandwich” spread, Barbeque Sauce, Spaghetti Sauce, Sloppy Joes, quick bone broth soup, Omelets, Scrambles, Breads, Muffins, Meatball Subs, Sausage and Pepper “sandwiches,” etc. It’s just my way of power-packing my food. I’m sure I’ve left something out here, but you get the picture. It blends with meat nicely and sauce bases.
This is an amazing way to power pack and veggie pack your recipes. My kids are super weird about eating lots of veggies, but if I do this, I can sneak it in so much and they LOVE IT! I recently heard someone say that hiding your veggies from your kids was wrong, but honestly I don’t buy that. If I can manage to develop their palate for veggies, while they aren’t paying attention to what they are eating, getting them to eat veggies later will be much easier. So set this aside, you’ll need it much later, but I like to get it out of the way. Make it early in the week, and keep it on hand. If you’re a meal planner, you can plan around this.
Other variations have looked like this: