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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Super Mommy Secrets: Getting the Kiddos to Eat Their Veggies

A while back I asked my wonderful Facebook peeps about how they got their little people to eat their veggies. And, you guys didn't disappoint.

GOODEness Gracious Inquiring mamas want to know... How do you get your kiddos to eat their veggies?

January 17 at 4:39pm ·  ·  · Promote

    • Victoria Herman-Love Just gotta comment on this one. I am very lucky! Livie eats her veggies with no prompting from me. In fact sometimes that is all she will eat, she won't touch the main "meat course".
      January 17 at 4:44pm · 

    • Kelly Youngblood All four of my kids eat their vegetables. I honestly think it goes back to their infanthood. We started vegetables before we ever tried fruits or fruit juice. I made the vegetables instead of buying the jars. I really think that helped.
      January 17 at 4:53pm ·  ·  1 person

    • Terra Livingston King 
      I'm like the others in that Livi has always ate veggies. She isn't a big meat eater, but there are very few veggies she won't eat. I agree that it starts during infancy (in my opinion). We presented Livi with every veggie we could & as s...See More

      January 17 at 5:20pm · 

    • Susan 'Paxton' Schultz Sounds like time for a new cookbook review. Seinfelds deceptively delicious cookbook simple secrets to get your kids eating good Reasonabily priced on amazon.
      January 17 at 7:42pm · 

    • Donna Cook try ketsup on them!!
      January 17 at 9:23pm · 

    • GOODEness Gracious Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing.

      Susan- I think I have seen that book and another one by the "sneaky chef", but haven't given either a try.

      January 18 at 8:24am · 

My bloggy pal Miss Leah over at Beyer Beware was so awesome to help me out this week and share with you guys how she gets her kids (ok, her hubby-- Hi, Matt:)) to eat up their veggies AND the great thing about her awesome tip is that it helps use up any of those well-intentioned but about to go bad veggies sitting (ok rotting) in your fridge right now... told you she was awesome ;)

May I present, Miss Leah:

I have never considered myself a gal with some super mommy secrets.  So, when Cris asked to guest post on Super Mommy Secrets, I thought she was crazy. But, then she said, “I know you have one kid that eats veggies, but I know you are pureeing fruits and veggies to sneak in.” And she is right. But really it is to sneak it by my husband;)

I am notorious for buying all these beautiful fresh veggies and then 2 weeks later I wonder why they are rotten. So, that is when I started using purees.

While fruit seems to be easily eaten by both kids, sometimes the dear old parents aren’t so good. That is when I pull out a banana puree and throw it in a pancake or waffle mix.

But, honestly, I have a problem with BM’s at my house. Why is it that kids have more problems going #2 than I remember as I kid. Oh yeah, because how often do kids talk about the last time they pooped? So, anytime I can add fiber, especially in the form of beans, to my kids diet, I jump on it. That is why I love my Mexican Chicken Casserole and my Cheesy Pork Casserole.

But, my ultimate sneak attack. The mac and cheese assault. My family could eat their weight in pasta drenched in cheese. This is why it is so EASY to sneak cauliflower into it.

Start with a head of cauliflower.

I cut out the inner stem.

Grab my steamer. Microwave of course.

Arrange the cauliflower and rinse with water into the bottom to generate the steam.

Let it steam for about 8 minutes on high. In the meantime, get your pasta cooking. Tonight it is the mini bowties because it cooks fast. I might smash a garlic clove and toss it in the water with the pasta. Might.

When the cauliflower is done, send it straight into the food processor or blender.

Pour in a dash of water. Press start and let it puree.


When the pasta is done, drain and return to the same pan. Add ½ cup of the puree.

Add 1 cup of cubed velveeta, a fist full of chedder, 1/3 of a cream cheese block, and ½ cup of milk. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika.

Let it all melt together and throw in some cubed ham.

Mix all together. Go ahead and lick the spoon.

It really is that good. Just look at this smiling face.

What are your food secrets? Other mom’s want to know!


4 GOODe Thoughts:

Oh, I am really trying this one!! I can't get my kids to eat anything that looks like a vegetable! I do sneak zuccinni into lots of things, and grated carrots, but I never ever thought of using the food processor to get it in this way!! How super cool it that!!!

Great idea!

I made all of Adam's babyfood, and we ate a lot of veggies during that time, but have fallen off the wagon. I'm hoping to get back on it when I start making baby brudder's food in a few (okay, 8ish) months!

I should have included that you get 4, 1/2 cup servings from one head of cauliflower! Thanks for having me guest post for you!

Yum! I'm hungry for veggies now :)

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