Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Getting the Kiddos to Eat Vegetables

Okay -- I'm going to make a lot of you jealous. My boys LOVE vegetables. In fact, one of Noel's favorite things to eat is broccoli, Tanner loves hummus on wheat thins, and Hayden can clear a serving of sweet potatoes off his plate faster than I can reserve them! Aren't they cool kids?

Still, there are times I need to get more veggies in them. I tried out two new "hidden veggie" recipes this week that were devoured by the boys. Jessica Seinfield, eat your heart out!

Zucchini Rounds (makes 12 rounds)

1/3 cup Bisquick
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 slightly beaten eggs
2 cups unpared shredded zucchini
2 tablespoons butter

In mixing bowl, stir together Bisquick, cheese, and pepper. Stir in beaten eggs just till mixture is moistened. Fold in zucchini.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Using 2 tablespoons mixture for each round, cook four rounds at a time about 2-3 minutes on each side or till brown.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Apples, & Honey (makes 6 servings)
One 2 pound, 8 ounce can sweet potatoes in syrup, drained
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup chunky applesauce

In a large microwave-safe bowl, mash the sweet potatoes with a fork. Stir in the honey, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir in the applesauce. Cover the bowl then microwave on high for 3-5 minutes, stirring once midway through.

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