So we haven’t been trying too many new recipes lately. We’ve been a bit boring with our food.
I found that with some veggies my kids definitely prefer raw, and even with that, there is a much greater chance that they will eat it if they remember picking it up at the farm.
Obviously we do our cherry tomatoes raw. My kids actually devour most of those before we even make it home. And they prefer the other tomatoes and the sweet peppers raw as well. And they will just grab a cucumber and sit down and eat it whole like it’s a pickle.
And for some reason it was surprising to me that they preferred zucchini raw. I’ve been trying different ways to cook it, and so far the only way that was always a success was in zucchini bread. But then last night I was dicing some up for pasta, and I couldn’t keep their hands off of it… until it was cooked.
A few days ago, I was feeling too lazy to cook, and I decided on a salad bar instead. They were in Heaven.
But sometimes a person needs to eat something more than raw vegetables, and I have found two very easy ways to prepare them for both breakfast and dinner.
For breakfasts, I have been mixing eggs with whichever veggies I choose (often tomatoes, onions, garlic, collard greens, and some herbs) and putting them in muffin tins at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. I usually do this while I prepare dinner and then I refrigerate them. In the mornings, I take them out and add cheese to some of them, microwave them, and give them to my kids. Although I should note that they will not eat them if they are still in muffin form. I have to break them up with a fork so they look like scrambled eggs… because they are toddlers and that’s just what toddlers do.
And then one of my favorite go to dinners has just been pasta with a veggie topping. I sauté garlic and onions in olive oil and then add sweet peppers, zucchini, collard greens, and finally tomatoes. Somewhere near the end, I throw in a bunch of fresh basil and oregano, and we are good to go. My kids do not like these vegetables as much as they do raw, but like I said, sometimes we need some variety.
What are some of your favorite go to weekday meals?