Feta cheese, spinach, onions, tofu…or worst, mushrooms! These foods all have one thing in common: they scare off our kids. But gone are the days when these would fire up family feuds! Here are a few recipes that will make your kids love them.
Not So Sheppard’s Pie
Legumes are not very popular with my kids, well, at least in their original format. Hummus dip seems to work well with them… But the best trick up to now remains the Sheppard’s pie! Instead of using the usual ground beef or veal, dare to mix half the meat with brown lentils (use the ones in cans so you don’t have to cook them beforehand). I guarantee you: your kids (and even your picky husband/boyfriend) won’t see the difference! If you slice mushrooms in small cubes and add them to the mix, you will most probably be able to have your kids actually enjoy it!
I also suggest adding sweet potatoes to your usual mashed potatoes. Not only will it add a nice colour to the “steak, corn, potato” mix, it will increase the amount of antioxidants and other vitamins.
Another tip: I use small pots to cook individual portions of Sheppard’s pie. We often forget to vary the way we present these everyday meals. Kids will love it and it will bring a change in your routine!
Squeaky Vegetables and Tofu (tofu ratatouille)
Tofu is a high protein, economical but sometimes flavourless food when it’s not well prepared! And let’s not forget, kids are not the only ones who dread the taste of tofu! I suggest that you try Ricardo’s Tofu ratatouille recipe. I renamed it the Squeaky Vegetables and Tofu. I noticed that my kids actually enjoy the texture of tofu when it reminds them of cheese curds… So why not take advantage of it!
Since tofu comes fromAsia, why not prepare it in a sauté or try the tofu General Tao. Believe me, this recipe could convince pretty much anyone to integrate tofu in their life!
Red Pesto Pasta (feta cheese, sundried tomato pesto, spinach)
Don’t even try to make my kids eat basil pesto: “yuck mommy, it’s green!” But, the sundried tomato one is a hit. When I decided to add feta cheese to it, my recipe reached its highest peak ever! I had tried to introduce feta to my kids before, serving it with cucumbers, tomatoes and olives. That’s how I like it, in a simple Greek salad.
But it’s even better to serve it with pasta (all kids love pasta)! The salty taste will delight them. I suggest that you try two simple, delicious and quick pasta recipes for weeknight dinners. For the first one, I choose to add thinly sliced spinach that I wilt in a pan with a knob of butter.
What about you, are there any foods that your kids refuse to eat? What tricks to you use to convince them to give it a try? It’s your turn to inspire me!