Monday, May 26, 2008

A Shameless Ploy

So how DO you get vegetables into kids? All three of my kids used to eat anything, and I mean anything I put in front of them. Then, at whatever age, they would decide they didn't like something. A food they had just eaten yesterday was suddenly 'gross'. What is up with that? Romania used to eat Green Chili Enchiladas. He loved them. Now, food cannot touch any other food on his plate. Thank goodness great-grandma gave him a food tray with separate compartments so no food is contaminated by another food. I have already explained how it all gets together in his stomach. No dice. He's also the worst vegetable eater on the planet. He kindly answers "no thank you" when something new is on his plate. Well, at least he's polite.

Holland is getting better (shock!) about eating new things. I made a delicious chicken with proscuitto ham and provolone cheese wrapped around it. Romania cried when he saw what was for dinner. I knew things had taken a turn for the worst when someone asked "what are WE having for dinner?" when they saw what I was cooking. I just say "see you at breakfast" when they don't like what I've cooked.

Today super-hero dad took the boys to the lake cabin. He's looking for flat rocks for our neverending backyard landscaping project. It's raining here (what else would it be doing on a holiday?) and I didn't feel like debating our outdoor activities with Egypt, so we stayed home. There's a lot to do when the weather's good there. But not much for a three year old in the rain. We've had a great day. I did some sewing, a little laundry, we did puzzles and read books. But my greatest achievement came while she was sleeping. I checked out a book at the library by Jessica Seinfeld. She wrote this cookbook about how to sneak veggies into your kid's food without them knowing. I know. I know. Horrible that you have to resort to sneakiness. But at this point, I really don't care. As long as I can get it in them, does it really matter if they know it or not?

Last week I made frozen yogurt pops for them. They loved them. Easy enough because they drink the fruit smoothies I make with blueberries and strawberries. So I had a can of pumpkin puree and had bought yellow squash. I'll admit. It's not my favorite vegetable. But it's less scary than say, spinach or beets. I thought I'd better start with a dessert to ease them into it. By the time Egypt woke up from her nap, she smelled what I had baked and asked about it. I said, "get some clean clothes on and come down for a cupcake!" She was so excited. She helped me add the chocolate chips to the last bunch of mini cupcakes to put in the oven. The larger ones were cooled, so I gave her one. Yes, they're quite orange. But kids usually don't turn their noses up at pumpkin. The squash was an added bonus. There's even a recipe for cream cheese frosting - mine came with that. I cannot believe how good they were. No eggs. There's probably enough binder in the squash and pumpkin. And just 1/2 cup of brown sugar. We'll see if the boys like them, but I'm pretty sure they'll be fooled, uh, I mean, they'll love them.

Next I'm going to try baking some doughnuts (with pumpkin and sweet potato), blueberry lemon muffins (with squash), baked egg puff (with squash) and chicken nuggets (with sweet potato). I may actually have to purchase this cookbook.


Jax said...

I'm shameless about juicing. I go to costco and get those gigantic boxes of spinach and a ton of carrots. I then throw in a pineapple. When it is all mixed together you can't taste the spinach really. Plus the pineapple is sweet enough that it just makes the whole works taste like fruit juice. I have even thrown in beets and broccoli through the juicer. Just make sure that you chase it with some fruit. My kids practically lick their cups clean. My juicer is the best investment ever!

heidi said...

That's a good idea about the pineapple! I'll have to try that. What kind of juicer do you have? I'm just using my blender, but think the motor might die from all the juicing.

Jax said...

I have a Jack LaLanne juicer. I just got it at Costco. It's pretty hard core though. It has taken almost a year of us juicing something almost everyday. It's still running great. I can't recommend them enough.