And the 'Mommy of the Year' award goes to..
Every woman vows to make her kids eat all sorts of vegetables obediently, only to fail once her kids actually start to eat. As for my mom, she tried every possible way to make eating various vegetables and fruits on a regular basis. But alas, the poor lady achieved success only after I shifted to a hostel during graduation years.
Sure, you don't want your cute little baby to wait that long to take up the nutrition and necessary vitamins from the 'not-so-appetizing' food. So try out these tricky dishes to deceive your kids into eating healthy food without making a face:
Try these dishes out for a change!
I'm pretty sure you've tried a hand on this colorful dish already, and if you've been victorious at that (BINGO!), here's another health hack for the same. For cooking the wrap, use spinach dough instead of regular flour dough. This will increase the iron content in the dish and also pretty much excite your kid. You can use tomatoes, beetroot, etc. for other colors as well.
This classic dish from India is one of the tastiest kitchen mates of Indian mothers. Boil all sorts of veggies you wanna feed your kid, mix it in a blender and add it to the sauteed mix of onions and tomatoes. Mix the spices and cook it till it thickens. Serve it with butter toast/chapatis/bread buns. Add a big chunk of butter on the curry on your child's plate.
You can easily reduce the amount of ground beef and replace it with finely chopped mushrooms while making your kid Sloppy Joes. Mushroom, having a meaty texture makes an excellent replacement and also perfectly absorbs the flavors of the sauce.
Another spiced up curry from India, Sambar is a watery mixture of several vegetables. Just like Pav Bhaji, boil all your favorite veggies and add them to sauteed tomato and onion mix. Sambar's recipe has different spices from those used in Pav Bhaji. You can serve it hot with Dosa/Uttapam/Idlis or just drink it as a soup.
Con your kid by adding carrot/beetroot juice while preparing idli mixture. These pink idlis served with a bowl of sambar will be the perfect healthy yet delicious platter for your kid. And if your kid loves strawberry, just add a couple of drops to the mix for the smell. Like a boss. With zero guilt.
I had this habit of feeding half of my daily morning handful of dry fruits to my dog (and boy, she loved it!) When my mom was done trying to convince me not to do that, she came out with a brilliant solution. Every night, she would soak the bunch of nuts in milk and mix its paste the next morning in my glass of milk. If your kid still detects it, try mixing the dry fruit paste in thick milk shake instead.
Almost every mom has tried hiding a broccoli under the pasta sauce, and if you've been lucky with that, there's just one more health tip for you. Generally, we add extra cheese for the kid to be immersed in the flavour and ignore the veggies, but make sure the dairy product isn't crossing the health limits. Instead, use some flour to thicken low-fat milk and then add cheese for the flavour.
Cheese is probably every mom's best friend. Add vegetables as a pizza base, cover it with cheese. Add vegetables as toppings, cover them with cheese. Preparing the dough at home will make it your child's complete healthy food.
The puree of an unseasoned pumpkin adds a creamy texture to the sauce thus making it perfect for pizzas. You can also add some carrot puree to the cooking mix for nutrition.
When the pasta is almost cooked, add the veggies to the boiling water and use them as a sauce. Your kid never has to know!
Have any tricky dishes to share with us? Feel free to send in your recipes and suggestions.