Jan 28, 2009

Success x2

A whoo hoo! That is how I am feeling about the whole pureed veggie mission that I have been on. I will admit that while I was proud of myself for actually taking the time to do all the prep I was anticipating a major let down when I actually fed it to my kids.

The first meal was meatloaf (with carrots) and mashed potatoes (with cauliflower). Now here is what I had to laugh about...both of those things are items of food my children normally hate...self sabotage much. Really what was I thinking? BUT they loved it. Jack actually ate meat that was not hiding in a crescent roll AND he took several bites of the mashed potatoes...pretty sure that is a first. Cole tried it, I knew he would because he always tries something once...BUT he kept eating. YEAH! I was glowing with happiness and pride at the dinner table as I watched in amazement my children inhaling nutritional food. Both Spencer and I were very pleasantly surprised (Spencer more so because this might be the first time I had made meatloaf since we got married).


So with one success under my belt I decided to attempt another recipe a couple of nights later. This time it was Aloha Chicken (Cole immediately said, "Hello Chicken, that is funny"). This time the purees used were, both sweet potato and pineapple. It was a fairly simple recipe and I just paired it up with brown rice. I had everything on the plates and on the table and kids firmly seated. I again was questioning if this would work. Did I just get lucky the first time? Would I even like it? As I headed to the table I noticed that where the chicken had been on Jack's plate, it was no more. At first I figured he had thrown it on the floor, but his bulging cheeks and exaggerated chewing confirmed a victory! Woohoo! It had worked again. Cole even insisted on eating his right off the skewer, not even letting us cut it up. Again I was feeling pretty happy.



So, yes this concept works, and no nothing was too difficult. I don't plan on making every dinner with my purees (in fact last night I am pretty sure I put meat back into a crescent roll), but it is doable several times a week. Hey why wouldn't I...the kids scarf it down, I am getting veggies into them, AND I get a beaming smile of appreciation and admiration from my hubby at each new recipe (okay not just then, but it is nice!). Next on the list...meatball soup!

6 comments:

Holly Wilcox said...

I'm convinced. I'm going to dig out that cookbook and try the recipes your kids loved. We had made a few baked goods (donuts and some muffin, I think) and Elanor did not like it.I'm excited to try again.

Jonah, Dave and Heidi said...

Wow! I may have to check out that cookbook! I wonder if they have it at my library... Congrats on your success with it!

Melanie said...

Way to go. Some days my kids eat like horses and some days they dont. It would be nice to "sneak" some healthy food in once and a while. Thanks for the inspiration.

Stockhoff Family said...

So when I'm there I think you should make one that involves all the butternut squash you can find. That way we can pretend like you made me eat it against my will and feed my strange obsessions at the same time. Only 5 days... word!
Nat

tara said...

i love that natalie finished her comment with word. that's truly awesome. now, in response to your comment on my blog--i thought you were going to be induced like a week early? is that not set in stone? i hope you find out soon because it sure is nice to know i'll admit. kudos on the eating healthy thing too. someday i'll be you...aka workout regularly, eat healthy, decorate like a fiend, look cute everyday. baby steps...

Ben said...

it's the bacon, larissa. i'd totally eat ANYTHING wrapped in bacon. secret weapon...

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