I don't know about you, but for me, there is a direct relationship between how I feel about the quality of my mothering to the quality of food my child ingests. I had not been feeling like an award winning Mom as of late, given the 3 day rotation of pizza, mac and cheese and pasta that has been the cornerstone of the menu at our home. My child was not getting enough protein and barely any veggies in her diet, yet we couldn't get out of the cycle since she wouldn't eat much else. I was riddled with Mommy guilt, which eventually mutates to denial. Lovely.
I have never been able to conquer this problem, until now. I've been hearing quite a lot about Jessica Seinfeld's new cookbook, Deceptively Delicious, and my mother bought it for me, so I sat down one evening and looked it over. Essentially, Jessica purees almost every vegetable known to mankind and sneaks it into all of her kid's food. Even Jerry eats the stuff. So I pureed some organic carrots, peppers and zucchini and waited for my opportunity to deceive. That afternoon, my daughter sat down and polished off her lunch almost like never before-mac and cheese loaded with carrot puree. I sat back and watched with amazement. In the meals that followed, her pasta sauce contained zucchini and pepper puree, her French Toast was loaded with carrots and her chicken nuggets contained a heaping serving of spinach. Even her morning cereal gets sprinkled with pureed flaxseed. This kid is healthier than ever now, and she has no clue whatsoever. She wolfs it down without so much as a flinch, and this is a kid who can sense 1 poppy seed in a mouthful of half chewed bagel. Aahhh- success can be so sweet! The fruits of my labor will pay off by less severe and hopefully less colds and illness during the approaching fall and winter season and I can feel like Supermom again. And even my husband, who only eats processed foods, beef and soda, LOVES it so much that he won't eat French Toast without carrots anymore! Go figure.
If your little ones don't get enough fruits and veggies in their diets, go buy yourself this book and get ready to feel like the World Best Mom!
Here's another tip: Instead of feeding your kid fast food, (which I highly recommend NOT doing- see the film Fast Food Nation for more info- I quit beef altogether after that one) make your child a "Mommy King" burger. Or "Daddy Queen", whatever works for your particular family. Buy a package of ground sirloin or turkey or chicken, add it to a bowl with pureed sweet potatoes, zucchini, cauliflower, whatever, and shape 10-12 small flat burger patties, like the ones at the fast food place. Wrap in wax paper, and freeze. When you need to make a quick meal, throw one of these "hockey pucks" into a frying pan on low for 15 minutes. Make some home made French fries (so easy) and voila, they are eating quality food, with 2 veggies and they are totally oblivious. My daughter eats these like a champ. Every 3 days. :) Read more!