We all find excuses, why our kids don’t like to eat vegetables and fruit. Yes, it’s a tough job to convince these little monsters to eat something, what they see as disgusting, soggy and tasteless. My mum always used to say:
“Put it in your mouth, and if you don’t like it, just spit it out.”
Luckily, she didn’t have to use this sentence very often. My children are used to eating vegetables and fruits from their early years. But I completely understand many of you out there, who try the impossible without any progress. All I can do is recommend an easier way to convince your kiddos to eat more veggies and fruit.
Two things you should try – involve them while cooking, and try to “hide” every ingredient they could moan about – mix it, mash it, wrap it, make it look better!
FISH & GREENS FOR KIDS
1 big sweet potato
bunch of young spinach
1 clove of garlic
bit of fresh ginger
½ cup of veg. stock
herbs – thyme, sage
From the freezer:
1 cup of frozen young peas
10pc of king prawns
1 slice of salmon filet
If you have fresh prawns & salmon even better –
in that case they’ll need 2-3 minutes less for cooking!
Start with the sweet potato. Peal it, and cut ¾ into thick potato fries, use baking paper and put them on a hotplate. Addonion sliced into large chunks (onion will get nicely sweet and soft) to the plate. Add virgin olive oil, salt & pepper. Use your hands to stir the mixture. You want the oil to be all over the potatoes – that will make them crispy and they won’t dry out. Pre heat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. Place the potatoes inside and roast for approx. 15. minutes.
Clean the carrots, cut into small pieces (smaller pieces will cook faster). Heat extra virgin olive oil in a pot. Add the second half of the cut onion. Wait till it gets “glassy”. Then add carrots, 1/3 of sweet potato, garlic, herbs and grated ginger over the top. Let is sizzle for 2-3 minutes. Then add frozen peas and stir for another 2 minutes. You should still have a little bit of sauce in the pot – but just a tiny bit! Add prawns and salmon. Don’t worry that they are frozen. They will soften and the juice from prawns and fish wil prevent the dish from burning! Give it a nice stir, but be careful with the salmon. Don’t turn it too much – you want to have a nice fillet of fish. Add a bit of stock, put the lid on the pot and let it cook for 5 minutes. Then take the fish and prawns out of the pot. Your potatoes should be ready in the meantime. Turn off the oven; add the fish and prawns to the potatoes hotpan, and let them rest in the oven. It will take only a few minutes for the dish to be ready
Now you have a pot full of yummy greens. Since I know that my eldest doesn’t like to eat spinach that much, I decided to divide the greens into pots. Add the spinach in one half, and let it cook - only for one minute – it doesn’t need more. Turn of the heat and mix both “sauces” – you will end up with kind of orange and green sauce. To make it even more yummy for children – you may add cheese or fresh cream – but it’s not necessary.
Take a plate – and make your own design for dinner. You may try to make a funny face or kind of animal on the plate. Kids love such surprises. But if you are in a hurry – don’t worry. As I wrote before – let them cook with you. They will slowly start bulding a relationship with every ingredient. Have fun with it!
For the salad – just cut fennel into nice thin slices, add a bit of brown sugar or honey, fresh lime, salt, pepper & olive oil. Stir well, and let the ingredience work together for 5 minutes. So simple and delicious…
So! Good luck to all the mamas out there……