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{January 9, 2012}   Picky, Picky

If your kids are anything like mine, then you’ve probably put some thought into how you are going to get some veggies in them.  If you have a picky eater (like my AJ), then it’s even a bigger and more creative challenge to get those nutrient-packed guys in our little one’s bodies.  Fear-not!  This supermom is here to the rescue with some sneaking recipes to get those veggies down.

The first recipe is a hands down favorite of BOTH my boys.  And if it has AJ’s seal of approval, well than, you’ll be sure that you’re little guy or gal will love it too.

Minty Pea Pops

These Minty Pea Pops look and taste like mint chocolate chip ice cream but the main ingredient is really peas (if you hadn’t guessed it by the title).  Your sweet angel will think you rock for letting them eat their ice cream before dinner but little do they know, their actually getting their veggies in!

Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese

1/2 cup frozen petite green peas

scant 1/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

1/8 to 1/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

6 popsicle sticks or wooden craft sticks

Preparation:

Place the cream cheese, peas, and sugar in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 20-second intervals until the cream cheese is softened to room temperature.  Using a stick blender or a standing blender, puree the ingredients into a smooth paste.  Add the extract and mix again, scraping the bowl frequently.  Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.  Place the mixture in a large zip-tip bag and cut about 1/2 inch off a bottom corner.  Squeeze into a clean ice cube tray or mini muffin tin, place 1 popsicle stick in each, and freeze until solid, about 1 hour.  Depending on your freezer, you may have to let them freeze for up to 4 hours.  For best results, make and freeze these overnight.  Once the pops are frozen, remove them from the molds by twisting just like ice cubes and seal in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

This Minty pea pops recipe, along with the picture, are from the book, “The Toddler Cafe” by Jennifer Carden.  I really love this cookbook because it’s geared for toddlers and has recipes for foods that toddlers really enjoy, such as finger foods and food with a variety of textures.  This book isn’t entirely about hiding veggies and fruits in foods as it is taking classic toddler foods and giving them a fun twist.  You can find it here on amazon to get all the yummy recipes.

The second recipe I have are brownies that hide carrots and spinach in them.  You can find the recipe here.  When making these brownies, I usually fold in a cup of chocolate chips to make them extra chocolatey.  I really also love the book they came from; Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld.  There are a lot of recipes that older kids can enjoy unlike The Toddler Cafe.  In Deceptively Delicious, Jessica finds ways to sneak in veggies and fruits into kids usual comfort food along with tips and advice for meal time from her and other moms. You can find her cookbook here.  I have an extra copy I can give away if you are really interested as well.

Mason's Green Monster mustache

This last recipe is just preferred by Mason and I discovered that he liked by accident.  I had found the recipe for a smoothie that contained spinach in it on pinterest one day and thought it would be a great way to get more veggies into MY diet.  One day when I was drinking it, Mason wanted a sip.  And then another sip.  Before I knew it, he had drank nearly all of my smoothie!  It’s really easy to make:  Toss in the blender 2 cups of fresh spinach, 1 banana, 1 cup of almond milk, ice, and 1 tbs of ground flax seed.  Blend it up and you’ve got your Green Monster.  To read more about this smoothie and see other takes on the Green Monster, click here.  Mason really is sold on the name, by the way.  Sometimes, it’s all about how you sell the product!

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Kathryn says:

Thanks, Jeanette, I’m passing this along to Kamecia. As you well know, little kids are almost never not-picky. But there’s hope: at 7, Lily still doesn’t have many fruits on her Like list but is up to about a half dozen veggies she actually likes to eat as they’re normally prepared for adult meals…



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