This is a guest blog submitted by Jaynebug@xanga
We were at a local Trader Joes one day, they usually have a tasting place in the back for new items or just letting you try something different, and that day they had spinach pizza. My daughter walked up to get a sample. She took a bite and smiled, then looked at me. Several moms were standing there and it was like time stopped as they watched my daughter’s reaction to the pizza, "Can dad make this mom? It's good!" The ladies stood there shocked that a seven year old little girl would like a spinach pizza."How do you get her to eat things like that? My son wouldn't even try it if I asked him", one parent asked. "Well I suppose it's because we have given them veggies since they were babies" I replied."Do you cover them in cheese so they'll eat them?""Why would I do that? They like the vegetables just as they are. Nicely steamed with nothing on them.""Not even butter?""Not even butter. When they were infants we used a food grinder and even took it with us to restaurants. Maybe that helped."
We all like our vegetables fresh, and slightly steamed. I think being the example and eating them probably helped my children. They help prepare meals and cut vegetables, which makes it fun for them. I think when you've helped prepare something, you're more likely to try it. Sometimes I'll be cutting vegetables for dinner and the kids come through the kitchen and while my back is turned, the raw veggies disappear. One day my son was dancing around the kitchen crunching on some raw broccoli and I asked him what he was dancing about.
"I'm doing the veggie dance mom. This tastes so good! My mouth is so happy it makes my feet move."
I wasn't a big vegetable eater as a child because we had frozen vegetable all the time. No taste, no snap when you bit into it and over cooked. It wasn't until I got together with my husband that I really tasted vegetables. I was shocked they could be so good. In our fast food world, we tend to forget the vegetables or think a piece of lettuce and some tomato in our sandwich is the answer. You miss out on so much that way. All it takes is a steam basket, some water and about four to six minutes and you've got the best for your family.
How did your parents get you to eat vegetables? How do you cook your vegetables? Do you enjoy them?