I can't remeber the last time I saw my 19 month old eat a veg. or anything with veggies in it
Cheryl - posted on 02/27/2010
thought you may like this, I add a little carrot.
• 1 pound (about 2 medium) zucchini
• 1 teaspoon salt or a little less onion salt
• 1 tablespoon (1 lemon) freshly grated lemon zest
• 10 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley, stems removed and leaves finely chopped, plus more sprigs for garnish (optional)
• 1 medium clove garlic, minced or onion (green chives)
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour or bisquick
1. Using the large holes of a box grater, grate zucchini into a medium bowl. Add salt, lemon zest, chopped parsley, garlic, pepper, and eggs. Mix well to combine. Slowly add flour, stirring so no lumps form.
2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat until oil sizzles when you drop a small amount of zucchini mixture into the pan. Carefully drop about 2 tablespoons zucchini mixture into pan; repeat, spacing fritters a few inches apart.
3. Cook fritters until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Turn fritters, and continue cooking until golden, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer fritters to a plate; set aside in a warm place. Cook remaining zucchini mixture, adding more oil to pan if necessary. Garnish with parsley sprigs and lemon wedges, if desired; serve.
Deanna - posted on 02/27/2010
Just a note on the sneaking of veggies into the meal, while this may be beneficial don't forget to always put regular veggies on the plate and encourage him to eat them! Even though my son LOVES all food his rule is still no treats unless supper has been eaten!
Cheryl - posted on 02/26/2010
I have the same problem with my 3 yr old, I am trying new things letting her pick something at the veggie area every time we go to the store even if she won't eat it
I let her try it and one thing she loves is spaghetti so now I cut up celery and carrots a little onion and garlic and saute tell soft then add a little sauce and blend well then add to various recipes like stuffed pasta shells with cream cheese and spinich and ground turkey or without meat, the other way I get veggies down her is in mini muffin tin quiche with broccoli and or zucchini and alway add zucchini to my banana bread, and carrot muffins with cream cheese are great for a snack. sweet pototoe smashed with milk and cinnamon and sugar is a great for breakfast or pudding snack I even add it to oatmeal and cream of wheat, as for juice I like orange carrot is a good one....hope you get 1 out of these to use and enjoy
Tracy - posted on 02/24/2010
Buy the cookbook called "Deceptively Delicious" by Jessica Seinfeld. It has lots of recipes that have fruits & veggies in them. Keep having them try the food as their taste changes and make them in different ways. My 7 year old now likes some foods she never use to like.
Lisa - posted on 02/24/2010
Actually we have quiches once in awhile that I put broccoli or green pepper in with the ham and eggs and cheese. She likes it. Or I make mixed vegetable and cream corn soup that she doesn't have to eat veggie but drink the soup with all the good nutrients in it. Another quick lunch menu, Campbell ABC soup, she likes it but veggie in that soup tastes like the soup. So she eats it all up.
Lisa - posted on 02/24/2010
I am still trying my 5 turning 6 years old to eat veggies. Sometimes I will put carrot in the cupcakes or I put her favourite food in the veggie. She has to pick one veggie to eat each night. But she loves fruits so I make sure she has her daily dose of fruit everyday.
Lisa - posted on 02/24/2010
i was lucky never had to be sneaky, his ketchup is ranch. he eats ranch with his vegetables broccoli, carrots, chicken, of course salads, left the marshmallows on the sweet potatoes. loves the mushrooms, peas, and corn. My daycare thought she had to be sneaky and chopped the celery, onions, green peppers, tomato, and carrots small and slip it in the chicken salad. One tasty way to serve carrots is to cook fresh carrots melt butter and brown sugar add some dry mustard and ginger its sweet but also has a tangy flavor. sorry i dont measure i estimate about 2-3 tbsp butter, about 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp dry mustard, and 1/4 tsp ginger mix and warm up the carrots.
Shannon - posted on 02/24/2010
We have the same problem with our daighter, but she does eat a ton of fruit. We have been tring to get more veggies into her diet - here's a couple ideas:
Sweet potato fires - bake/roast them in french fry shapes and preserve all the nutrients. Our daughter will show on these all day: http://tastebudding.com/recipes/41-sweet...
Also, try making veggies into fun shapes - these are spinach balls, but you could also make them into letters, shapes, etc: http://tastebudding.com/recipes/74-froze...
Amanda - posted on 02/23/2010
None of my children ever starved themselves... Having said that my husband and i always 'stuck to our guns' so they never had a choice and had to eat what was put in front of them. We just cant afford to feed 4 and let them be picky eaters. Good luck.
You also have to allow for the fact that he might like a food now and not like it later (and vice versa). Just do what you can, sneak the healthy stuff in with the food he likes, and read lots of labels! My youngest didn't used to like green beans, but now she'll eat my green bean casserole (the traditional kind they keep talking about for the holidays?)
I used to mix in unsweetened applesauce with the pureed veggies to get my girls to eat them when they were still on baby food. When they were old enough to feed themselves, I used to buy V8 Splash, since it is sweet, but has nutrients. Cereal bars are handy too because they have nutrients, although they also have sugar in them. If he/she likes spaghetti, you could try adding half-cooked veggies to the sauce, and let it simmer so the veggies can cook through. Worth a try!
Leanne - posted on 02/22/2010
You can "sneak" veggies into lots of stuff. I puree carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms, zucchini, and add to my pasta sauces. There are great recipies for muffins using sweet potato, parsnips, turnips. Check out different recipie sites for some fun foods. Raw veggies with ranch dip is always a favorite around our house. And kids learn by example. If he sees you munching on a carrot, he might too. I didn't technically bribe my kids, but I did tell them that they're uncle LOVED all sorts of foods and they always tried what was being offered. 9 times out of 10 it worked. But I always asked them to try it befor they said they didn't like it. There are only 1 veggie now my kids don't like and that is mushrooms. But they'll eat mushroom soup, go figure. Good Luck with your little one.
Uliana - posted on 02/22/2010
Hi! It's very simple;) Kids are learning by example. Make sure you eat healthy food and you have always washed fruits and veg on a table. Making fruits salads is always fun (just couple of fruits is enough)! But most important is to make sure it's all organic. Food from supermarkets taste like plastic and babies can simply sense it. Very important - when you cut/cook veg or fruits let your baby watch you- he'll ask for a slice for sure. Kids like simple food, beautiful looking food, bright ( peppers, mangoes, cucumbers, carrots, apples, herbs) My daughter is 11 years old now and I swear she is addicted to fruits. I have to remind her to leave some for us...but answer is always the same- Mum, you know I'm addicted to fruits;) So, good luck! Love, respect, explore your food and share it with your loved ones! We are what we eat...
Jessica - posted on 02/22/2010
I can't say that I have this problem. My 13 month old son eats every thing. He doesn't like some things if they are still a little crunchy like capsicum in a stir fry but other than that he is great. He loves banana and corn. Not together of course lol. The vegie juice is a great idea. You can put it in pasta sauces like spag bol or even soups. You could even see if he like it on it's own. Most likely he won't. I couldn't even imagine drinking it myself.
Try things a little at a time for example peas. Put just a couple of peas in and its a little less stressful for them than if you pile the plate with them. We have an add on the tv here in Australia at the moment for woolworths/safeway. The mum says her kids hate carrot but if she shreds it up with a grater or vegie peeler and cooks it in a pan with things they like or a sauce and cheese, they really like her orange pasta. Some times hiding things is the best way.
Also do you let you let your little one help out in the kitchen?? Kids love helping out. My sister and I did as a kid and we weren't terrible fussy but my brothers didn't really and they where the fussiest. Pizza and chips where the only foods you didn't have to shove down their throat.
One bite won't kill you is a book I have heard of that might help. Also feeding fussy kids is meant to be a really good cook book.
Really the only thing you can do is keep trying and if they refuse then just let it go. You won't be able to force them to eat anything they don't want to and really it's not worth the heart ache it just makes everything worse.
Tina - posted on 02/22/2010
Hi, we found sweet potato or corn or banana pancakes really useful too. Just use a drained tinned of corn or cook and mash about a cup of potato or pumpkin and add it your regular pancake mix - they tend to burn easily so you need to cook them on low heat.... There are also meals like spag bol and lasagne that hide garlic, onions, tomatoes, carrots and mushrooms really well. You can also drizzle a little bit of honey on cooked carrots to make them more appealing. You might also want to try giving salad veges or broccoli and cauliflower when he's just starting to get hungry and is asking about lunch or dinner. If he likes yogurt you might try to give him a dipping bowl of natural yogurt with honey and depending on what he likes you could also mix in some fresh mint or cummin... or make some runny cheese sauce.. our kids eat most of their veges not at meal times.... carrot or hummingbird cake is a good treat... don't worry too much about it, every mum I know has had this problem at one time or another.. I hope this helps.
Kathleen - posted on 02/21/2010
Prob nothing but if you want to make sure he/she is getting the nutrients you can either use the purred food in something like pumpkin/squash pancakes. There are couple of cookbooks out there that can help you as well. I think one is called Sneaky Chef. There's also fruit/veggie juices out there. Not V-8, there are others that are organic. I also use the Yo-Baby Meals or combos the ones with fruit and veggie in it.
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