I'm Blaming that 'Veggie' Thread

Jayce - posted on 04/21/2011 ( 28 moms have responded )

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I hate to keep bringing up that veggie thread from a few days ago but I messed up supper tonight and I'm blaming it on that thread.

So, as I'm preparing supper tonight my son ask "What's for supper?" I tell him, "Mexican rice and chicken fingers". And that made me think of that stupid post. Would the OP say I was lying to him because I failed to mention that there were onions, celery, green peppers and tomatoes in the rice? Or would I get a pass because he'd actually see those veggies on his plate? I definately lied about the chicken fingers. I didn't tell him that I dredged the chicken in carrot/sweet potato puree before rolling it in whole wheat bread crumbs. And I told him they were chicken fingers when we all know chickens don't have fingers. Double lie. As all this was going through my mind, I was adding spice to the rice and put cinnamon in instead of cumin. Thankfully I noticed my error before serving the meal but I had to make a whole new pot of rice.

Silly deceitful mommies and stupid veggie posts do not go well together.

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Jayce - posted on 04/22/2011

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@Kelly - yes chicken fingers are like chicken sticks. I cut up bonless/skinless chicken breasts into strips. Roll them in flour, dip them in a puree made of carrot and sweet potato that I've mixed an egg in to and then roll them in bread crumbs. Bake at 350F for about 20 min or until done.
And hiding veggies in ketchup is a great idea. I can't believe I didn't think of that. It's my son's favorite dip.

Lol Teresa, you're right about the buffalo wings and the chicken fingers. lying restaurants ;)

Jenny - posted on 04/22/2011

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I have found if you grow food with kids they want to eat it. Put a cucumber or tomato (or others!) in a container or the ground and let them take care of it with your guidance. My kids love eating what they have grown.

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Thank you! definitely going to try that--never heard of a chicken finger.



I puree lots of veggies for the ketchup--carrots, peppers, and potatoes are my standards. It makes it thicker and not so spicy, so we actually like it better with the veggies added.



I also have some fruit "ketchup" recipes that he likes with Mango, cherries, bananas, and cranberries in it....they are kind of long, but if anyone wants them, I'll post them.

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Candice - posted on 04/23/2011

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Oh lol. You dirty veggie hiding liars. Har har har. I don't have to hide veggies,but I would if needed.

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What's it matter if the kids eat it - my mum used to ask us if we wanted stew for tea our response was always 'ewww no stew is disgusting' so mum always said 'ok we'll have caserole instead' which everytime we asked for seconds. It wasn't until we were in our late teens we realised that stew and caserole are the same thing with a different name...but to this day I don't like stew pass the caserole lmao.

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My motto has always been,no matter what you have to do to get veggies into them, you do it.If its hidden or blended etc so be it.It does not matter how it goes in.It all ends up the same coming out lol:-P
My first ate places of veg as normal even broc raw.My second will refuse a veggie unless i do my magic and hide it well.Sometimes she will say "nope carrot in that lol."She is so clever i tell you.

Jodi - posted on 04/23/2011

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I thought of that veggie thread as I was making cheese damper laced with grated zucchini this evening to have with our minestrone soup (which ALSO has lots hidden in it). My husband asked me what was in it and I told him I will tell him after he tries some :P

Johnny - posted on 04/22/2011

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Tonight I made vegetable soup. It's all sort of blended together. When my neighbor came over, he claimed he wouldn't eat it if there were tomatoes in it. He's 7 and there were. I said, "oh, I see". I served it to him and he ate the entire bowl. Not only do I lie mercilessly to my own child, I lie to other people's children. And I have no doubt at all that his grandma (who is raising him) would be very happy about it.

Mabel - posted on 04/22/2011

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When I make meatloaf I puree green peppers and onions to go in to the meat.Plus with the ketchup on top I know he is getting his veggies for the day!!

Jayce - posted on 04/22/2011

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Pureed peppers...another great idea. Yes I would like the fruit ketchup recipes if you don't mind. Anything to add some nutrition to ketchup.

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Rotfl!!!! Sounds like something I would do! Thanks for the chicken idea...gonna try that right now! And veggies in ketchup, never thought of that either. Which veggies would go good in it? I mean other than tomatoes lol. ; )

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Tara, I prefer my veggies raw or extremely crunchy anyhow, if it's a stirfry. Roxanne is the same way. Carrots and hummus is her favorite past time right now!

Merry - posted on 04/22/2011

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Wow Teresa, I literally laughed my head off with your buffalo wings comment. Believe it or not I've NEVER thought about the fact that of course buffalos don't have wings! Lol, but hey, it's not like it's buffalo meat in there anyways.....can't believe I never connected that :$

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Calling them chicken fingers makes as much sense as 'buffalo wings' (buffalos do NOT have wings), but that's what the restaurants call it so blame THEM for the lie..... ;)

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Is a chicken finger like a fish stick? My son is incredibly picky (yep, I hide veggies too). He eats fish sticks, but I buy them pre-made, so I can't hide stuff in there (but I hide stuff in the "ketchup" he dips them in). I serve our regular veggies and food right along side his every day, but he is 6 years old and has never, not even once, tried any of the things I've served aside from his standards.....one day, I'm holding out hope.

Would you mind sharing how you make the home-made chicken finger. If it is similar to a fish stick, he might eat it, and that would be great for us--I'm always looking for new things to try for him.

Tara - posted on 04/22/2011

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My girls don't like tomatoes on sandwiches, in salad, chunky in pasta sauce etc. but if I take a few tomatoes and cut them up, toss in a bowl with italian salad dressing and some old cheddar cheese and fresh basil they will eat the whole bowl, often consuming more than a whole tomatoe per kid!
As well I have one kid who only likes her veggies raw. Nothing cooked. Raw Zucchini with roasted eggplant dip on it is her favourite. She prefers all her food to be crunchy, lol.

Becky - posted on 04/22/2011

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Hahaha! You should have just added milk and brown sugar to the rice and served it as rice pudding! It's actually really good!

Shannon - posted on 04/21/2011

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Ya know i keep thinking of that veggie thread myself when i give my kids a V8 fruit drink that has the veggies in it, and i remember when my older two were younger if i put broccoli on their plate as part of dinner it would go untouched, BUT if i made dinner and then about an hour after dinner made a "snack" of Broccoli and cheese they ate every stinking bite.... my son would probably never eat again if i listed all the ingredients to his favortie dishes, he will tell me he doesn't like 4 out of 5 things and all of them are included in his favorite Vegetable Beef soup lol

Johnny - posted on 04/21/2011

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Keep blaming it! I've memorized the names of all those "tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth" mommies so that I can pay them back with bad advice at a later date.

By the way, great idea on the chicken fingers. I'm definitely trying that. My daughter loves both sweet potatos & carrots, so I don't need to hide them. But that sounds marvelously delicious!!!

Schyla - posted on 04/21/2011

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I proudly "HIDE" food in my kids food as well I am NOT a short order cook and if they will eat Mac and Cheese then I'll add purred squash to it so they can't tell it keeps um fed and healthy!

Mabel - posted on 04/21/2011

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Jayce that was so funny!My son loves his peas and corn but there are some that I have to hide in different foods too and it does make a difference on how you cook.I started laughing as I read about the rice and I could just see you in the kitchen mumbling under your breath as you stared a new pot of rice.lol.seems we all have to keep a few secrets to get our kids on the right track.Have fun with the rice!!

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