HIDING VEGETABLES IN MY SONS FOOD

Kyona - posted on 04/29/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son doesn't eat vegetables. I have to hide them inside foods. For instance I cook the butternut squash in the oven sccop it out then mix it into a bowl of spaghetti. If anybody has any ideas, please let me know. Keep in mind he doesn't eat meat or rice. Thanks

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Jenna - posted on 05/02/2010

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1) Use spagetti squash instead of noodles ...

2) Puree veggies like carrots and such and add it to sauces, even spagetti sauce. The kids won;t even taste the difference.

3) Have the kids help you make shish-ka-bobs. My niece and nephews refused to eat red/gree peppers and onions until I asked them to help me make shish-ka-bobs one summer night. Now everytime they come over they ask for them.

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Check out the cookbook "The Sneaky Chef" by Missy Chase Lapine. I love it. She uses purees and juices to make everyday foods healthier. An example is adding a puree made of cauliflower and zuchinni to KD. I make banana pancakes that have a sweet potato/carrot puree in them. I now sneak the purees that she suggests in my everyday recipes.

Natalie - posted on 05/01/2010

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I love these ideas! I love mixing veggies in his spaghetti, but he can't eat spaghetti every day :)
I used to have a recipe for zucchini bread and zucchini and carrot cake. The cake was phenomenal and I had no idea that it had veggies in it! I'll bet you can find the recipe on the internet...

Michelle - posted on 04/29/2010

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my kids didn't care for squash but know they love it i make squash the same way you do after you scoop it out put it in a bowl ad butter and light brown sugar its delicious.raw baby carrots with ranch dressing for dipping, broccoli fresh or frozen with velveta cheese sause, just melt velveeta and add a little milk so it is smooth and spoonable. spoon over broccoli. check out kraft.com also. you can do the cheese sauce for cauliflower as well. hope this helps

Karen - posted on 04/29/2010

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Hi There, I make a vegetable and tomato sauce for pasta. I use a tomato, onion and garlic base, add celery, aubergine and carrot finely chopped and top up with chicken stock or veggie stock (enought to cover the veggies about 1/2 pint) Cover and simmer for half anhour until everything is soft i blitz with a hand blender and add origano and basil a linch of sugar and salt. yummy to add to ground beef to eat with past or put into lasagne. My kids love it and still don't know what goes in it!!

Mira - posted on 04/29/2010

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you can add grated carrots, zucchini, squash, beets, celery basically any vegetable into spagetti sauce, baking, there is nothing better than a muffin with grated carrot, zucchini, coconut, and oatmeal. You can substitute apple sauce for most of the oil which also makes it a little healthier too. If he eats mashed potatoes, if you cook cauliflower for about half an hour it can be mashed into the potatoes and not noticed. Try letting him add a sauce, as much as it killed me my son at 4 adds ketchup to stir fry. I say nothing because he eats a huge plate of healthy stir fried vegetables and consumes a little bit of ketchup in the process. Try offering celery sticks with cheese or peanut butter spread on it or beside for dipping. Basically try to pair vegetables with foods he already likes. Don't volunteer that that food is mixed however if he asks I would tell him what it is. Good luck, I don't know how old your son is which makes the answer harder

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