Today I was talking to a friend and we got to chatting about how to get your fussy toddlers to eat their veggies. I mentioned that recently I’d made spaghetti and added finely grated carrot and onion into the mince and tomato based sauce and my fussy boy decided to pick every single piece of grated carrot out! He had agreed to eat onion and likes it so when he asked what the tiny orange bits were I simply told him they were onion too. Then my friend (another fellow mother) suggested pureeing veggies. What a wonderful idea! And it didn’t even cross my mind to do so, even though I had pureed veggies when my kids were bubs. The meal idea I’ve now thought of to try is pureed sweet potato to use as a sauce on pasta… maybe added to a fresh tomato based sauce with onion and a little garlic for flavour. I think this would be delicious served simply with a little grated cheese mixed through. The other thing is that I serve veggies every day even when I know that he won’t eat it because I figure at least being exposed to seeing them on his plate regularly will encourage him to eat them again eventually. And I encourage him to at least try one mouthful before he says he doesn’t like it. We also eat our veg every day so we are at least an example for him. I put corn kernels with a little grated cheese on wholegrain english muffins for brekky, or avocado with boiled egg. For lunch I make salad wraps and dinner always features veg too. Another idea I’cve though of is to play a food tasting game which would involve being blindfolded and having to guess what foods you’re eating and sneakily include some veg in the options! And lastly the other thing my boy did eat without fuss was my homemade sausage rolls made with real mince meat, grated zucchini and onion plus worseshire sauce and tomato sauce with a little grated cheese. And he also ate a roll made with grilled capsicum, zuchinni, mushrooms, oregano and grated cheese all wrapped in puff pastry- my mum told him that mummy had made a delicious sausage roll for him to try and after he gobbled it down she asked him what he thought and he said it was really yummy… then she told him it was just veggies and he was surprised as he said “but I don’t like veggies”. lol It’s amazing the difference a little piece of pastry can make!

Posted by preggiegoddess01, 1st May 2013

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  • Great outcome. Enhancing intake of nutritious food is the only time ‘red light’ foods (certain fats, sugars, salts, etc. ) should be used.. and then reduced as possible once habits have been changed!


  • Great tips, thank you for sharing them.


  • I love wrapping vegies in pastry too; taste so delicious.


  • I always ‘sneak’ vegies into food!


  • I sometimes add grated vegetables to rissoles.


  • Pastry is great. I wrap leftovers in it and the kids always love it!


  • You have great ideas for including veggies. I’m going to start adding puréed veggies to bolognaise and as many other recipes as I can. Not just for kids but to boost our own veggie intake as well. Thank you!


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