What tips do you have for getting picky toddlers to eat veggies?

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Brenda - posted on 09/30/2009

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When my kids were little I used to tell them carrots were cooked popsicles and cabbage was cooked watermelon. It at least got them to taste the food without prejudice!

Sara - posted on 09/21/2009

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Jessica Seinfeld came up with a host of interesting recipes and put them together in a recipe cookbook called ‘Deceptively Delicious.’ In this book she explains how to prep your vegetable purees and how to use them in recipes that you would not expect.



Jessica showed ‘Oprah’ a variety of foods that she hid the vegetables. Oprah showed a segment where they tried some of her recipes on 1st and 2nd grade students. At first they were saying how they didn’t like vegetables. They brought in the hidden vegetable foods which were macaroni and cheese hidden with squash, chicken nuggets hidden with broccoli, and chocolate brownies with spinach and carrots. The children loved the altered foods and couldn’t believe that they had the vegetables in them.









Oprah sampled chicken nuggets that were coated in broccoli puree with a flax seed meal flour. She ate deviled eggs that had cauliflower and carrots hidden in the yolk portion. Oprah said she did not taste the vegetables in the deviled eggs. She had a tortilla wrap that had butternut squash rolled in the middle, and Oprah said she tasted the vegetable in that one. Oprah said that she has tried to the scrambled egg recipe with blended cauliflower and liked it. Oprah also made a note that all of Jessica’s recipes in her book are low-fat.



Oprah sampled yet more food. She had Jessica’s Oatmeal raisin cookies that had zuchinni and banana in them. There were also donuts that you can put pumpkin or sweet potato in, but she did say that she makes them mini-sized to keep the portion size correct. Jessica puts chick peas or garbanzo beans in her chocolate chip cookies. Oprah didn’t taste the beans. The chocolate cake that Jessica makes is with beet puree. Jessica said that her husband’s favorite recipe was the banana bread that she puts cauliflower puree with peanut butter.



By substituting the vegetable purees Jessica is able to reduce the amount of oil needed in recipes and is able to keep the desserts moist. A common substitution in low-fat baking is to substitute applesauce, but Jessica, has taken it one step further and may have found plenty of great alternative to help people to get their daily dose of vegetables without the pain of eating them all.

Sandra - posted on 09/11/2009

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Hi Ellen, Have you tried putting some cheese on the veggies or just adding them in your recipes? Sometimes if you cut them really small and add them in they won't even know thier eating them and love the dish. Hope this helps.

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