This is my daughter reacting to a plate full of vegetables. Not really. This picture was taken at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, and we cannot remember what she saw that caused this reaction. We were at the Air and Space Museum, for goodness sake, not Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.
Maybe she saw something that looked like cooked peas. Really. She will eat an entire bag of frozen peas or a bowl full of fresh ones like they’re candy, but as soon as they are cooked, she won’t eat them. At all. And I have seen a serving of cooked peas cause her to make this face. Horror. Shock. Fear! But I do not recall seeing any peas at the Air and Space Museum, cooked or uncooked.
This post was prompted by an article that I read earlier today about ways to hide vegetables in the food that your kids like – a way to trick them into eating veggies so they won’t even know that they’re eating them. There was a lot of food processor use involved – purée vegetables and add them to cake mix, spaghetti sauce, oatmeal, etc. It seemed like a lot of extra fussing and I am pretty sure my kids would be able to discern the taste of puréed broccoli in their oatmeal even if the green color didn’t give it away first.
Here’s my method. It is not a trick. It is mother magic – la magie de la mère. If you are a mother, you know you have it. It’s like the eyes in the back of your head. You can’t always see the eyes or the magic, but they’re there.
I call the family to the table for dinner and when they arrive, the only food on the table … is the vegetables. And they’re hungry. And they want to eat. I include some cooked and some raw veggies at every dinner. I proceed to scoop a small amount of the cooked vegetable onto each child’s plate (a larger scoop if it’s something I know that they like) while reminding them to hurry and eat them while they’re warm, because who wants to eat cold, cooked vegetables? They help themselves to the raw veggies because they all like those. By the time I get the meat and potatoes to the table, they have already had at least one serving of vegetables, and usually more. That’s my magic. It’s not rocket science. Just something that works well for us.
On the topic of vegetables, it’s time to start thinking about what to plant in the garden. Every year, we only eat a very small percentage of the vegetables that we grow in our garden. I would like to say that we donate the majority to a food bank, but I can’t. About 95% of the produce gets divided equally among the deer and the woodchucks and the rabbits who harvest the vegetables and often the entire plant whenever they are hungry. We put a lot of hard work and continuous effort into our garden in the spring and summer, weeding, watering, pruning and harvesting. And we will do it again this year. There’s nothing like digging in the soil, harvesting the fruits of your labor, and enjoying the vegetables with dinner.
I hope the animals appreciate all of our hard work.
Things I’ll be pondering today…
- What will we grow in our garden this year?
- Do you have a garden and what vegetables do you grow?
- Do you know of any vegetables that the deer, woodchucks and rabbits will not eat?
- What did my daughter see at the Air and Space Museum that made her look so horrified, shocked, fearful?
Thank you for reading my article about veggies 🙂 I cannot answer number 4, I have not been there and cannot imagine! Maybe there was space vegetables?
I garden, it is a new hobby of the last couple years. I like to grow tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, strawberries and green beans. We don’t make it real big, just enough to teach the kids about gardening and also to eat some fresh veggies.
I am not sure what the animals won’t eat. I live in town with fenced in yards and tho we have a neighborhood bear that can be spotted occasionally, we do not have a lot of other wild animals here. Our problem is wild cats, tho they seem to be keeping the possums and the raccoons out of our yard!
Hope you have a wonderful day 🙂
Yes! Perhaps she saw freeze-dried space food peas. And unfortunately, I don’t think there is anything that the animals won’t eat. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Natalie (Super Healthy Kids) said:
Love your dinner method! It is genius – for kids and adults both. I do grow a garden – it is one of my favorite things to do in fact. I can’t wait to get started this year. Some of my favorite and most ‘fruitful’ things to grow: Bell Peppers, Green Beans, Squash of all varieties, Jalapenos, Strawberries, and Greens (spinach, lettuce, chard).
Thanks for your comment. Well, I don’t know about genius, but okay! 🙂 We didn’t have much luck with strawberries in our garden, as the chipmunks ate them all. I had forgotten about the chipmunks. I do want to plant more Greens this year, which need to be planted early. I should get started soon. Wishing you a prosperous garden this year. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Maybe the expression is just the “actress” in her! Good luck on the garden…the animals around here are hungry all of the time!
Thanks, Kate. Yes, they’re hungry and we keep feeding them our vegetables, our Hosta, flowers off the front porch, etc. Thanks for stopping by.
rashmi from yumkid.com said:
I love it. I agree if you give the kids food you want them to eat when they are hungry, they will eat it. I find myself doing that with rice for my little girl. I put that on her plate after I think she has eaten enough of the other stuff or else she was just eating rice first.
Glad to have found your blog. I love your – “if we were in france, this is how we would be doing it!”. Looking forward to getting to know you more.
I just found this book on Amazon – French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters. (Sorry – haven’t figured out how to add a link to a comment yet.) It goes on sale April 3 and sounds like a good read. Thanks so much for stopping by!
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