Saturday, September 1, 2012

Clever ways to eat veggies – for you & the kids

The other day the children and I had “personalized turkey burgers,” which is a quick, school-night meal to fix that is fun and filled with variety. I’m sure you can fix this using beef, but this is a non-beef eating household (even though I allow the children to eat beef when out – a little occasional cow never hurt anyone). Make your turkey burger or buy previously prepared, but all-natural turkey burgers (Butterball’s are great). I’ve done both methods – getting the frozen variety is even easier because you can pop them in the oven while you do other things, season them when they’re half done and flip them then take them out.

I put the burgers on the plate and took all of the ingredients to the table: two types of cheeses, three colors of bell peppers (raw), spinach leaves, tomato, pickles, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, 100 percent whole wheat bread and blueberries (I’ll explain that in a bit). My son was “brave” and tried the green, red and yellow peppers. I thought the yellow pepper was a little tasteless or something and Andre didn’t like it as much either. I already knew he wouldn’t like the green one, but he tried anyway and so did Amareah. Anna, who had already tasted the yellow pepper and made a yuck face, didn’t even try the green one. We all decided that the red one was the sweetest, but Andre and I choose to add red and yellow to our sandwiches.

DSCF4830 This process went on for about 10 minutes as we all decided what we wanted on our burgers. We all had most of the vegetables, I’m happy to say. We’re a big fruit eating family – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert – so instead of having chips or something like that with our burgers I chose blueberries. Needless to say, fruit doesn’t last very long in this house at all.

What’s so funny about my failure to consistently provide vegetables for us to eat is that I like vegetables – sort of. I really prefer salads with all sorts of crunchy, yummy, fruity, dark leafy goodness, but I hate fixing it. I really dislike that it often goes bad before I can eat it all… and that make me not want any… It’s a deadly cycle. Then there is the fact that my children have somehow all developed different personalities and tastes. The nerve of them to be individuals! That makes it pretty redundant for the types of veggies all of them will eat.

Before I realize it we’ve gone weeks without a peep from a veg and, of course, a kid! They don’t say a word. If I keep up with creative and fun ways to incorporate vegetables into our meals both the children will learn something, enjoy new tastes, be healthier and enjoy time with mom and I’ll get more vitamins, maybe lose a few pounds and feel like Mom of the Year.

What food group is a problem in your home?