We have a rule in our house that our kids have to try at least one bite of anything that we make. It’s our way of ensuring that they are introduced to a variety of foods. Considering that 9 out of 10 people in the United States do not get the proper amount of vegetables [according to The State Of The Plate report], it’s really important to us that we give them this strong foundation.
However, when you put a pile of mushy cooked spinach in front of my daughter all bets are off. Her eyes water, she gags, we get a full on production. We have conceded that she never has to try one bite of spinach. Despite her best efforts, it’s just one of those foods that she doesn’t like.
I make spinach dip. And then she’ll lick the bowl clean.
This recipe is actually a doctored up version of one of our family staples. I bring it to potlucks, serve it when we have company, it serves as a quick and easy after school treat.
My four year old said to me one day, about a little friend of hers, “Can you believe that she doesn’t like spinach dip?!” It blew her mind.
Yeah, it’s that good.
Anytime we can transform a “yucky vegetable” into something delicious I feel a deep sense of pride. These opportunities are a chance to teach our kids (and adults!) that there’s no such thing as a “bad vegetable”. In fact, I’m confident that we can take almost any food and turn it into something that children will like, and I love to use this blog as a forum for sharing those recipes.
Check it out and leave me a comment telling me, what are some creative ways that you get your kids to eat not-so-popular veggies?