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Kids and Veggies

Monday, February 18, 2013

My late husband used to call Brussels Sprouts "poison plants from Jupiter".(Ironically, he liked other members of the cabbage family.) But my daughter and I have loved them, now and then treating ourselves to the high fat-and-sodium frozen sprouts with cheese sauce. Well, we haven't been able to find THAT in awhile, but now and then when we go to the market, I buy the costly little things and we enjoy them. Especially nowadays when we are trying to include even more veggies.

Now, my grandson is wonderful with veggies - he will eat tomatoes (especially grape tomatoes) as readily as other kids will eat candy. In fact we had to convince his father that eating a tomato with breakfast was not a bad thing! He also goes for broccoli and carrots, RAW. But sometimes he is reluctant to try new things.

His sister, on the other hand, usually goes for the starchy things - corn and potatoes. It's always been a challenge to get her to eat veggies.

But we discovered a way to get her to try something new: cook just enough for OURSELVES. I roasted some brussels sprouts today, sprinkled with garlic and onion powders and just a bit of sea salt. I divvied it up between my daughter and myself, and we were making yummy noises about them. And sure enough, DGD asks if SHE can have some. So does DGS. So, we each gave up a few of our sprouts, and even Miss Picky liked them.

Next I roasted a couple of zucchini, same way. Having been so won over by brussels sprouts, I was hoping DGD would be willing to try THIS veggie too. But - I had enough to share, and OFFERED her some.She said no thanks.

So apparently, there's nothing like using reverse psychology. "No veggies for you." Must be that seed of rebellion that's bound up in the heart of a child!
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    I used to do the same thing with spagetti sauce. I would make a basic sauce and divide it into 2 pots. one stayed plain, while the other was enhanced with mushrooms, and shredded carrots and zucchini and peppers and just about anything else I could find in the veggie drawer. wasn;t long before the only leftovers were in the plain sauce pan.. finicky kids need devious parents and grandparents to make them truly appreciate the finer things in life emoticon
    1852 days ago
    So cool!
    1852 days ago
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