Getting little ones to eat their vegetables is no easy feat. It’s orange ewww, I don’t like it. Honestly, I’ve never seen anything like it. When faced with some aubergine in her Bolognese my toddler ran a mile telling me she can’t possibly eat such a revolting vegetable so I immediately signed up for our Ella’s two week challenge.
Shortly arrived a large crate full of veggies. Up first I made some carrot and parsnip mash which my little one (10m) devoured. This was followed closely by the potato and sweet potato. Broccoli was a big hit for both and green beans were chomped down by my toddler.
Once the ‘nicer’ vegetables were gone it was time to stir it up. Sprouts…yeah they didn’t go down too well and so I resorted to plan B.
Courgette, aubergine and carrot diced up and added into some delicious Bolognese. The little one ate the lot…the older one asked for peas and corn. Next came cottage pie with swede, carrot, sweet potato and butternut squash, it also went down well with the little one….as for the older one it’s going to take a lot more work to get her munching down her greens.
Vegetables are notoriously tricky and it’s said that the more times you try them, the more likely you are to eat them. I’ve yet to get my eldest to eat mushrooms and carrots are way way way down the list of safe foods yet broccoli and cauliflower (white broccoli) are big hitters all round. Especially when it comes to cauliflower and broccoli cheese.
It’s best to start young when introducing new foods as they tend to be widely accepted, once you get to toddler stage and they ask what’s in their food it gets much trickier. Having said that I won’t be giving up anytime soon.
I’m a big fan of giving my children a varied died full of fruit and vegetables especially hidden vegetables, sneaky mummy sometimes purees them and adds them in!!
It’s all part of the fun, hey!