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thoughts on vegetables and cooking for my pregnant sis 
May 27, 2011 11:48 am 
Updated: Dec. 20, 2011 5:00 am
So my younger sister has been visiting for almost three weeks now and when she came home to visit us she was tired, worn out and the most exhausted I have ever seen her. She has a toddler and goes to school and her husband hasn't been helping her around the house even though she is going through a very tough pregnancy. I took it upon my self to fatten her up, because her doctor told her she had not gained the weight that she was supposed to be gaining.
She is now glowing and her stomach has doubled in size! Yeah! I'm so excited for her and hopefully she will go home in a few days happy and well rested.
This has been a fun cooking adventure for me. Unlike my kids, my sis likes everything I cook! I got to do cobblers, casseroles, and awesome breakfast dishes. Wow... has this website been helpful. My only regret is the usual, the vegetables. I think it is because I was never a big veggie fan but I seem to be lacking inspiration in that department. I am having vegetable issues.
I know the importance of veggies and I really try to have them available for at least one meal a day and snacks but my kids resist and I get all frustrated.
I have a few days left with my sister so I think I am going to focus my energy on cooking with veggies. I found a recipe on here for some fried green beans like TGI Fridays has but I wonder if there is even any nutritional value to something like that? 
Another thing that I think I will try is to have a salad to go with dinner. That is considered a serving of veggies, right?  I think my sis would like that, and maybe even my kids would pick at that!
I just hate making veggies and then being the only one eating them. We insist that the kids take one bite of everything I make but sometimes even that can be a fight.
Well I am dedicating this weekend "Vegetable weekend" and I think I am going to go all out on the veggies. Since it is also Memorial Day weekend I will see about getting some veggies on the grill too!
Well this was sure therapeutic, because now I am pretty excited to get started to see what kinds of veggies I can feed my sis and the fam this weekend :)
May 27, 2011 12:46 pm
Salads can be many servings of vegetables. Try making sweet potato fries in the oven. That's much better than regular potatoes, and you don't even have to eat them with ketchup. Also try grilling zucchini. Just slice it in half longways. :)
May 27, 2011 6:03 pm
What a super sister you are! She is lucky you saw her need, and helped. I've found kids usually like raw veggies better than cooked, texture and flavor-wise. Before dinner, when appetites are sharpening, I sometimes set out a platter of raw veggies, individual serving dishes for veggie choices, and individual containers for dip (mine like ranch from a bottle). This encourages grazing, snacking (after school, while cooking, etc.), and gets the veggies into their bodies. Hubby enjoys this, also. Don't set out huge amounts, just enough to entice. Do the same with fresh fruit, using powdered sugar for a quick dip, for an evening or morning snack.
May 27, 2011 7:01 pm
OK "grazing" is a great idea and I think that I will also try the sweet potato fries!! I'm excited!!! I wonder if I got some cool plates at the dollar store with kids themes maybe that would help them want to eat the veggies I put out. I think I will try that.
May 27, 2011 8:03 pm
My kids love veggies because I love veggies. If you have a farmer's market I would take your kids. Mine love to pick out veggies to try, come home and try them. So far they have only spit out the jicama which is a pretty strange veggie. They decided they love asparagus among other things. They also like to clean and help prepare what they eat which tends to get them to eat more of the good stuff.
Dec. 20, 2011 5:00 am
I read your "About Me" and noted the burned rice comment. I got a rice cooker as a gift some years back and I love it. Just turn it on and walk away. It automatically shuts off when the rice is done. You need to ask for one for Christmas! With three kids just make sure you get one large enough. Don't you just love this site! I'm encouraged to see more cooks joining from Rancho.
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