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Getting Kids to Eat Their Veggies

Heather Richards

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Getting Kids to eat good food and veggies
- Hide Pumpkin, Sweet Potato and/or carrot in Spaghetti Bolognaise. Boil the veggies, then puree them and mixed them in with the sauce.
- Puree the Veggies in a Quiche
- Make meal time fun. Create pictures with the food, make a face and draw a mouth and eyes
- Get a Cookie Cutter and make shapes out of mashed vegetables.
- Substitute Chicken Nuggets in a box for Homemade ones (this could take a little while as kids are used to the high salt content of the boxed variety) I have included a recipe.
- Do not offer bribes by saying “if you eat your peas, you can then have sweets or ice cream" You are planting the seed here that Peas are bad and Sweets and Ice Cream are good.
- Do not offer them something else if they don't eat what you give them, they will learn that meal time is meal time.
- Don't chase them around the house trying to get them to eat one more spoon full.
- Have some sliced fruit for snacks.
- In most Supermarkets in the Health Food Isle, you will find Pasta made out of corn in shapes for kids. This is a healthy pasta option.
- Finally as they get a little older, encourage them to assist in the kitchen in the cooking process and eat the food that they create themselves.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets.

- 1/3 of a cup of polenta
- 1/3 of a cup of very finely grated Australian Parmesan or Romano Cheese
- 4 chicken fillets, cut into strips or chicken tenderloins (800g)
- A Plastic bag is required for Mixing
- Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce to Serve or Kids may prefer Tomato Sauce.
- Pre-heat oven to 200'C (180'C fan forced)
- Combine Polenta and Parmesan cheese together in the Plastic Bag
- Toss the chicken pieces in Parmesan polenta in a plastic bag
- Place on a baking paper lined tray and bake at 200°C for 10 minutes or until cooked and golden
- Serve with Thai sweet chilli sauce or Tomato Sauce.
Serves 4
Preparation 5 minutes
Cooking 10 minutes

Notes: Substitute flattened chicken breast, veal or beef for schnitzel or seafood. Shredded parmesan and Romano cheese can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Good Luck with this one. Kids can be interesting and they are all different. Someone really should invent a manual to come with each one.

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