eating habits

Natalie - posted on 10/20/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my 2 year old will NOT eat vegetables, no matter how i prepare them or try to "hide" them!!! anyone have any yummy recipes with veggies to share that my son might like!?!? thanks! :)

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Jaime Camille - posted on 10/26/2010

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pureed sweet potato or butternut squash are invisible when added to macaroni and cheese. Makes it lighter, sweeter and fluffier. You can also add mashed cauliflower to mashed potatoes, they are pretty well invisible too.

To get my daughter started on veggies we bought the green giant broccoli and cheese. More fat, but tastier to her.

Most importantly, we would put her in her seat at the table and we would all start with ONLY veggies on our plates. She was usually hungry enough that she just ate them. Then our "second course" was the rest of the meal.

Now she eats a really wide variety of veggies.

Jade - posted on 10/29/2010

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depends what foods he does like, and keep offering them my son never used to eat salad but i made a point of putting it on his plate and he now eats tomatos and cucumber. If he likes lasange or spag bol, cut carrots, onion, celery, pepper, really small fry first them mix em all in works better in lasange as it harder to spot, i also found veggy sticks with dips work well mine surprised me by eating cucumber yellow pepper and carrots with sour cream and chive dip. Or califlour and parsnips mashed into mashed potato works well gd luck x

Jaime Camille - posted on 10/26/2010

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Make french fries out of sweet potatoes. You can make home fries out of peeled and cubed butternut squash. Be sure that you are using in season veggies, they taste better. If you need to go frozen, broccoli, cauliflower and green beans are your best bet, but add some great flavors. Saute your broccoli in some garlic and sprinkle with a little shredded cheddar. Toss your green beans in a little lemon and ginger. Roast your cauliflower in the oven with a little oil and curry powder. It's amazing what the kids will eat with a ton of added flavor. I think that we underestimate our childrens' palates.

Laura - posted on 10/21/2010

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Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld is an amazing cookbook. It has tons of ways to sneak 2+servings of veggies and/or fruit into every dish.

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Evelyn - posted on 11/10/2010

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I show my little guy that I'm eating it and tell him it's his turn. Sometimes he'll go for it sometimes not. I also try to tell him that broccoli is dinosaur trees (he looves dinosaurs right now) if you make food fun they usually are more willing to try.

Lee - posted on 10/30/2010

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Jaime and Jade have hit the nail on the head! Our boys (2 & 4) love fruit and veggies - we chop or grate the ones they are not so fond of into yummy sauces and feed them the ones they do like whole. Peas, broccoli, cucumber, carrots, sweetcorn, courgette, etc. all get munched happily. Good luck!

Angie - posted on 10/26/2010

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We have the same issues at our house. We just keep offering them to our girls-some days they eat them some days they don't. We also put them in the spaghetti sauce-they are so finely ground up they don't know the difference :)

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I have the same trouble with my 3 1/2 yr old. I found some Whitehouse brand applesauce that has 1 serving of veggies in each little cup. He loves it! It's been a lifesaver since he won't eat any other veggies.

Pauline - posted on 10/25/2010

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I also have the same problem but I think variety is the name of the game......I sometimes run out of ideas...Well try to give some vegetable juice like V8. If he still doesn't want it. try to cook spagetti..... then I try to buy cute utensils... like cute spoons or forks...and sometimes I just let it go...try again after two days...

Kassie - posted on 10/24/2010

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We got our son to eat sweet potatoes out of a stew my husband made by calling them fries. Boy was he upset when they ran out!

Deb - posted on 10/22/2010

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It sounds crazy, but the only things I can get my son to eat veggie wise are frozen peas. If I cook them, he refuses, but frozen is never a problem. The novelty of it, maybe? My daughter also likes to eat them this way, though she'll eat just about anything.

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