A Sneaky Way To Get Kids (and significant others) To Eat Their Veggies

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I’ve always been fond of eggs for breakfast among other things of course. Scrambled, sunny side up, fried. They’re all good with me. I’m also always looking for new ideas for recipes. There’s a craze going on around the interwebz called zeggs. Crazy name, huh. But what are these zeggs?

zeggs = eggs + zucchini

Now honestly I can picture your face right now as you ponder this combination. I would have felt the same way had I not seen the pictures first. That’s what drew me in to this mystery. I stumbled across the first pic and thought “Holy cow, what’s that?! Must eat now.” Then I read and wondered if what they were saying was true. I was highly doubtful.

The claim was that cooking shredded zucchini with eggs created a concoction that resembled oatmeal. What?!… I love oatmeal! The pictures were amazing. I quickly googled to find out how to whip up my own batch of zeggs and get ideas for flavor combinations to try out. I made my first attempt this past weekend and fell in love. Like totally head over heels.

For veggie haters out there, you cannot taste the zucchini. The only giveaway to its existence is the green color. If you want to get creative, you could peel the zucchini first or you could use yellow squash instead. The texture definitely resembles oatmeal and the taste is only limited by your imagination. This shizz is good.

Now the frustrating part is that every recipe I found used a stovetop version to cook the combo. I don’t mind going that route, but most days I don’t have that kind of time. I don’t want to create a dirty pan, take the time to cook on the stove, and then eat. I want to dump stuff in a plastic container, take with me to work, microwave and eat in the same container. Boom.

I decided to risk ruining a batch of this stuff in a microwave experiment gone wrong. As luck would have it, they turned out perfectly! So I present you with my recipe for microwave zeggs… or as I call them microzeggs. If you are looking for flavor ideas, I listed some that I’ve tried below the recipe.

I shredded several zucchini at once in my food processor so that I didn’t have to shred multiple times during the week. I weighed out my portion and then put the rest in a big container in the fridge. I just weighed each time I got ready to make a batch. You don’t have to weigh it like I do. You can just eyeball it and play around with the egg zucchini ratio.

Make sure to use carton egg whites or you’ll end up with a definite egg flavor. That’s not a bad thing, but carton whites are both easier and better able to hide in flavorings than those directly from the egg. When I make my zeggs at work, I pack the eggs and zucchini in the container the night before with a dropper of vanilla stevia and lots of sprinkles of cinnamon.

When I’m ready to make them, I head to the break room and pour in a sploosh of coffee from the pot before microwaving. Once they’re done, I toss all kinds of things on top. Every day is a different flavor pretty much depending on the mood.

Microzeggs Zeggs in the Microwave

  • 4 egg whites from a carton
  • 1/2 small zucchini, shredded (100g)
  • 2 Tbsp liquid (water, coffee, etc)
  • Spices, sweeteners, flavorings

I used a 20 oz plastic container to make my microzeggs. I poured the egg whites into the container with the zucchini. Add the liquid you’re using and any spices and sweeteners. Swirl slightly to combine.

Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat this process for 30 seconds at a time until cooked and resembling oatmeal texture. Top with desired toppings and enjoy!

Quest Approved Combos

  • Unsweetened cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla stevia topped with coconut flakes
  • Cinnamon topped with minced apples and sliced almonds
  • Unsweetened cocoa, almond extract topped with 1/2 a chocolate chip Quest Bar
  • Cherry extract and nutmeg topped with chocolate chips and 1/2 chocolate mugcake

I’m dying to hear what combinations you come up with. Let me know your must try flavors. If you’re on Instagram, take a pic and tag it with #AFQRecipe so I can see.

Comments

  1. I think the best way is to disguise them in the food. The South Beach diet has a wonderful cauliflower mash potato recipe. My mom makes a pureed bean chili and my nephew doesn’t know he is eating beans.
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    • It’s much easier to hide them for sure. I love the pureed bean idea for chili. I like my chili most times without beans, but next time I’m going to puree them. Fiber without “bean lumps”! I love it!

  2. This is definitely a combination I haven’t heard of! I’ll have to try this though I’ll be using whole eggs.

    Thanks for linking up at Motivation Monday!
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