Old Tricks OR Hiding Vegetables in Familiar Foods
Jan. 22, 2009 12:34 pm
Updated: Jan. 22, 2009 1:54 pm
This week I tried hiding the vegetables in familiar foods. First I tried something I used to do when cooking for preschools: I ground up steamed carrots, and added the puree to a red sauce. This works remarkably well. I am regretful that I have not been doing this all along. Somehow I lost the habit when I transitioned to mom status.
Next, I tried adding eggplant to red sauce. This was not as successful, but I think it was because I left the eggplant (cooked with onions in a little olive oil) a little chunky. Both children started out OK, but began to suspect all was not right about half way through their first serving. I will make sure the puree is very smooth next time.
I don't really like this method, and this is why. My goal is not just to get them eating a greater amount and more variety of fruits and vegetables, but also that they will learn to make good food choices. How will they know they like eggplant if they are not aware that they are eating it? Should getting the good foods into them now trump learning to make good food choices?