Sweet Potatoes for my Sweet Potaters
I am a mother of two young children a 5 year old daughter and a two year old son.
My daughter has always been below weight and fights us like crazy at meal time.
My two year old used to eat everything until he started being like big sister, add on to that his allergies of dairy, egg, nuts, shellfish, and mushrooms.
And I’m really battling the food Gods. I’m also the wife of a late 30ish guy who happens to have red hair and a stubborn eating history to match.
I on the other hand love to experiment, have a small list of food dislikes and am quite daring with trying a new flavor profile nightly.
Needless to say, when we come together at night for dinner we all clash.
So my hope is to give my kids some fun food experiences get their palates adventurous – attempt to throw in some nutrition, and at the same time see my husband clean his plate once in a while.
I usually clean my plate, while he eats only half. He tells people, “My wife is an excellent cook; she just has the misfortune to be married to a bad taster.”
So I’m glad to say I had a breakthrough of sorts—
Last night’s adventure/new food was the Sweet Potato. Not Sweet Potato fries --
Granted it sounds like I won’t succeed right? But, I was attempting to buy organic veggies and these were on sale.
I only bought two large ones. One for my husband and me.
We would then give the kids “tastes;” they each got about 3 TB of mashed of sweet potato.
I found this recipe:
This could be considered un-healthy, but I used dairy-free margarine, brown sugar, and honey which has many health qualities.
But a little went a long way. My kids ate
some. This in itself was a miracle. And said they liked it.
Did they want more than a small taste? No, but maybe next time they will get their own potato.
My husband ate all of his. He even said he might have sweet potatoes at the next Thanksgiving.
This was a victory won.
This was served with roasted chicken, and green beans.
My kids love chicken so it was a good pairing. I really liked this recipe it was very easy, and even the leftover butter mixture was delicious on toast the next morning.
You should try it, it’s apparently similar to the topping used at Outback Steakhouse.
What do you do to introduce picky kids to great new foods?
Love to hear any ideas.