Well hello again! These Wednesdays sure do sneak up on me! Speaking of being sneaky, today's topic is Sneaky Recipe! Per usual, I'm linking up with Sue @ ThisMamaRunsForCupcakes
Susan @ MomSwimBikeRun and Amanda @ MomWhoTris
Now, most people know it can be tough to get kids to eat fruits and veggies. So as a parent with two kids who have become quite the picky eaters, I had to get creative!
No one wants to sit down at the end of the day to have a meal with a couple of picky eaters. Breakfast and lunch are pretty simple, but dinner for us is a different story! As soon as I put a plate of food in front of the kids they start eye balling what they don't like..or what they think they don't like. When our kids were a bit younger the Wiggles' song, "Try it, you'll like it" used to help. Now they just stare at us like, are you really singing that preschool song?
So how does one sneak the "good stuff" into picky eaters' meals? Ya camouflage it. There are quite a few food items like cheese that hides things like chopped mushrooms and onions quite well. Here are a few ways I get more of the good stuff into our kids' bellies without them even knowing.
1. Cheese. Did I mention cheese? We like lasagna, spaghetti and lots of other pasta dishes. We grown ups like our mushrooms, onions and peppers but the kiddies don't. So, I like to chop those up rather small, create a casserole type pasta dish and cover it with cheese. Our kids love it because all they see is the dairy on top. My stomach? Not so much. But we don't have to make empty threats just so they'll eat their dinner.
2. Speaking of pasta, I buy the Garden Delight Veggie Noodles. They're made with carrots, corn and squash. We all love them and they don't have a weird flavor or texture!
3. Another thing that seems to work well is chowders and soups. They seem to eat the veggies a lot easier if they're in a bowl mixed with flavorful juices or a creamy sauce, than if they are sitting on a plate staring back at them. Here's one of our favorite Chowders! It's not really "healthy" but it's full of protein and veggies!
Broccoli Tortellini Chowder
Don't forget to go check out how the other moms are sneaking the good stuff into their kid's meals! Click on any of the links at the top and there will be a list at the bottom of the post.
I have quite a few readers that aren't yet moms, so I'd like to know, what would you try in order to sneak in some fruits and/or veggies into your kids' meals?
I hope everyone is having an awesome week so far!