Saturday, July 12, 2008

what they don't know...

My babes will so not eat anything that is considered a vegetable..unless you count french fries. Bryce is getting better everyday as being less picky, like the other week he ate brushetta {who knew?} They do eat fruit though. I am not surprised because I am a picky eater, not super crazy picky, just the one at the restaurant that orders and then says, can you please leave off the {substitute word for anthing not related to poultry} and {___}. I will not eat anything with ketchup on it, never did, and I do not eat red meat or pork. I could have been a vegetarian possibly, but I joke that I am to picky so I would die. If it is a dessert, well then I am game for anything =) I was worse as a child, so I have hope for my two offspring. What scares me the most is that Avery does not like peanut butter! {the horror!!!!!!!!!!}

but anyways, I try to *hide* the veggies as I am sure most mommies do and trick my kids into eating something with some nutritional value. I haven't read the Jessica Seinfeld cookbook, but I would like to try these other recipes from the Sneaky Chef . {I have added the veggie puree to the spaghetti sauce before and it passed the taste test.} So off I went into the kitchen to try to get my kids to eat something other than waffles or cereal for breakfast. I made this oatmeal bar the other day and it ending up being dessert instead of breakfast. They both ate it after they tried it {the second time} with whipped cream.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bar
5 sweet potatoes
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons canola oil
2/3 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup orange juice
4 cups quick-cooking oats

1. Wash and scrub sweet potatoes. Pierce them with a fork, and microwave on high until they're soft, about 8 minutes. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, heat your oven to 400 degree F.
2. Cut the potatoes lengthwise, scoop out the flesh, and place in a large bowl. Add sugar, cinnamon, oil, maple syrup, and orange juice. Stir in oats and mix well.
3. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Pour mixture evenly into pan. Bake 23 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Cut into squares. Serve immediately or store for three days in an airtight container.
I haven't tried these Spinach Brownies, but to me they sound scary. I do not think chocolate likes to mingle with cooked spinach..but who am I to say?. Oh Bryce does love smoothies. These are the easiest ones evah ~
Bananaberry Smoothie
In a blender whip up.... a banana, frozen strawberries, handful of blueberries, one yogurt {vanilla is good}, 1/3 cup or so OJ, & a splash of honey. yummmm=)
I wanted this summer to make a list of bento type lunches {& try them out first} to have for Bryce when he goes to school. well I still have some time to....but I am thinking not. I saw these muffin tin meals {from sycamore stirrings} Now don't these look inviting? ...ok...maybe I may.


Unknown said...

those look so yummy!

Linnea said...

They look really good. I have the Jessica Seinfeld book and LOVE it. The recipes are good and easy. I am going to give yours a try!

{amy k.} said...

Thanks for the tips... a diaper cake and the clothes line idea were definitely on my list. I thought a banner would be cute too... I saw you made one a few posts down. And I think I'm going to have to try this recipe!

Bethany said...

I think this is probably one of the biggest concerns for mothers! My son will not eat peanut butter either and I am the Queen of Peanut Butter (so go figure!). I am realizing with vegetables that they must taste really, really good. A lot of the vegetables at the store are picked before ripened and are pretty blah. Summer is the best time to try new things because the farmers markets have really great things! I will look for that cookbook too because we're trying to eat healthier (real food, non-processed) and I could use some help with my kids!

Anonymous said...

PLEASE come to my house and cook!

Emily said...

Try having your kids come and help you prepare food in the kitchen. This has been my *golden ticket* to better eating. If they pick it out at the store, and help prepare it, it is always tried at least once and usually liked!

Elena said...

YUMMM!!! My mom will love these. She loves sweet potatoes of any kind. Thank you for sharing them.