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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Let's Play Hide the Vegetable

So my dear friend Susanne who is a working mother of triple five-year-old boys confessed that she had signed up to buy fake food (aka Juice Plus) after a rep gave a dog and pony show at the kids' preschool. Naturally I did a controlled freak out and suggested she try playing hide the vegetable instead. She didn't know where to start so I recommended using one of the two cookbooks out on this topic - Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious and The Sneaky Chef by Missy Chase Lapine. When I hung up I felt so sorry for her that I went on Amazon and ordered The Sneaky Chef along with a fruit and vegetable alpahabet book for the boys.

Well fast forward to January 8 and as of today they have eaten the chicken nuggets dipped in YES, vegetable puree, and chocolate chip pancakes laced with blueberries and spinach! Way to go Susanne. Keep up the great work.

So that inspired me to puree the carrots I put in my French lentils today and my four-year-old ate them with gusto for lunch and asked for seconds. This is the child who won't touch a plate or bowl if he sees a vegetable on it. I think these women are on to something.

1 comment:

Susanne said...

Analiese summed up my experience perfectly and let me just say that one of my boys had not eaten a vegetable or fruit except bananas in years (I'm embarrassed to admit). With these recipes (choc chip pancakes, chicken nuggets, and choc chip cookies), he has eaten ample amounts of spinach, blueberries, carrots, sweet potato and wheat germ. It is such a relief, I can't even tell you. I am not much of a cook but the recipes have not been hard and relieving the food issue has taken a big weight off my back. Thank you, Sneaky Chef!