I was recently lamenting to my sister that my son (who turns one next week!) has been quite picky lately, especially when it comes to eating veggies. I've been feeling pretty discouraged and not sure of what to try. I commented to Monica that Nathan loves baked goods, and she said something about trying to combine the two. It was a light-bulb moment for me, and I got really excited: I can make zucchini bread! Pumpkin muffins!
I then remembered this book that I received from Leanne which I had put on my shelf assuming it was for older kids. Au contraire! I devoured the ideas and read the recipes with great interest. Brownies with hidden carrot and spinach?! I tried 3 recipes (or adaptations of them) on the very first day, and they were all a success. I feel renewed hope and inspiration when it comes to planning meals with my son in mind. (And one of the things I appreciated about the author's meal planning is that, in addition to these hidden veggies, she always offers at least one "non-secret" vegetable dish at dinner.)
Idea #1 Since Nathan likes "grilled" cheese sandwiches, I spread squash puree on each slice of bread before adding the cheese and melting. He gobbled it up.
Idea #2 I made oat and applesauce muffins with a half-cup of the squash puree. He's loved these, too, so I'm planning to make more and freeze them for quick snacks during the holidays.
Idea #3 In the blender, I pureed wilted spinach with some of my homemade spaghetti sauce. I then made Nathan a "pizza" with the sauce, a half-slice of French bread, and a sprinkling of mozzarella. Another success!
Thanks again to Leanne for sending me this resource! Though there has been some controversy surrounding this particular book (previous books have been written on the same subject, the author is married to a celebrity, etc.), this approach is working for us right now. I'm all for that!
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