Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Eat your veggies!

After years of trial and error with different foods I have finally mastered the art of feeding my kids (basically Hamza) vegetables. Safa has always been an eating champ, at least willing to try anything new, and Bilal loves veggies, well except eggplant (that's the only one I've found so far that he absolutely refused to eat). But Hamza has always been a bit of a challenge. Well, no longer! I thought I'd share my very simple modifications on the steamed veggie for those moms who struggle with the issue: "If it's green I ain't gonna eat it!"

1. Green beans seasoned with chicken boullion

2. Green cabbage sauteed in a teaspoon of oil, softened and slightly browned. Before removing from the skillet I add Moore's marinade for additional flavor. That's actually a locally distributed marinade, but is nothing more than soy sauce, smoke flavoring, garlic and a few other spices.

3. Thinly sliced yellow squash and thinly sliced onions, layered with freshly grated parmesan cheese and baked in the oven for about 20 minutes (a favorite with my kids, they'll eat this as a snack)

4. Eggplant coated in a mixture of seasoned breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, but baked instead of fried, and served as a typical egglant parmesan dish. Hamza wolfed this down, but I couldn't even get Bilal to chew a single bite!

5. Sliced mushrooms sauteed in butter and sprinkled with dill seed while in the pan (OK, this isn't as healthy as the preceding options, but it sure is yummy!)

I make several curries with veggies, but that is more time consuming; I'm all for shortcuts!

Of course, kids will be kids, and they love their ice cream!


Valerie said...

Looks good!! I loved your food ideas......

Tina:0) said...

I so wish I could get Vaeh to eat even a teaspoon of the ice cream! She is just tasting things & has inherrited the insatiable sweet tooth! What wonderful ideas for disguising the veggies! Glad everyone is doing well!

Amyacl said...

Great tips - I will keep them in mind for the future, since already Sebastian is less than crazy about his green veggies. But the ice cream still looks yummy!

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