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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?

Jan. 22, 2009 1:17 pm
hello syd and youngins :) funny I had just the opposite problem with my daughter she hated meat lol and loved the veggies.. I had to make sure the mushrooms were cleaned before putting them in the frig cause at 1 1/2 she learned to open the frig and get them out.. I learned this cause one day I was playing with her in her bedroom and found a banana peel in her toy box .. the kid could peel her banana! that nap time I kept watch and caught her..
Jan. 22, 2009 1:54 pm
I know what you're saying about both sides...by "hiding" the veggies, you're teaching them to like whatever they're hidden in. I think as long as you also keep trying to offer them some form of veggie or other healthy foods that they like, everything's fine. Oh, and my mom always put a finely chopped carrot in her spaghetti sauce instead of adding a little sugar! :)
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My cooking experiences include creating seasonal menus for preschools, owning a catering company, and developing recipes for children with phenylketoneuria. I started cooking working alongside three generations of my Greek family on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
My favorite things to cook
We get a farm share in the summer, and I love cooking spontaneously based on what I find in the box each week. In general these turn out to be Mediterranean-style dishes, like my chard recipe.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking with my family is my favorite tradition. I involve my family in the process including planning, shopping, and cooking. My eldest child, Eamon has many ideas for meals and snacks. These are usually dishes that that he loves, and I have made only once or twice because of the time involved. However, he really loves Olive Puffs. He made several batches, froze them, and then I helped him bake them for parties throughout December. He was happy with the results, and even took them to a school party. I think the teachers ate them. This weekend, my 3 year old and I made pizza dough. He loves the mixer. His contribution consisted of adding scoops of unmeasured water and flour to the bowl. He loved this. Luckily he only partially filled the 1/8 cup measure each time, allowing him to add many scoops while not changing the proportions much. Later he mixed shredded cheese, flour, and salt (he loves the salt shaker) in a cast iron pan while I prepped the pizzas. The kitchen was a mess.
My cooking triumphs
Learning that the simplest recipes are usually the best. OK - really - I think I make a terrific fig jam. My hummus is also pretty tasty. Both of these recipes use fewer than 5 ingredients. See, simplest is best.
My cooking tragedies
Too many to count - bread not rising, bread rising too much; jam never setting up, jam burning - you get the picture.
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