now, one HTML disaster later…
for lunch we made nachos… with ground white turkey, garbanzos, dulse flakes, herb salad, cheese and more cheese, big blue chips, salsa, sour cream… all do-it-yourself style. the kids were inspired by all the dipping and self-serving and thought strawberry jam would go well with their meal. they nibbled little bites of it with the mixture and managed to eat all kinds of goodness too.
i read/skimmed the book Deceptively Delicious— well presented, simple, shiny paged, with retro-styled iconic clip-art. (although it can get no more gorgeous in cook books than nigella, “oh mercy,” as sally would say.) i take issue with this book (the deception one, not nigella). the idea is to hide vegetables (butternut squash, beets, what have you) in all of your standard recipes (pancakes, meatballs, etc.). while the recipes do look fairly yummy, they are barely healthier than anything else when you break down the portions. 1/2 cup of beets in an entire pan of brownies? that amounts to, um, nothing. perhaps a step above the S.A.D. (standard american diet) and then there is the simple notion of disguise… is it possible that this will slant kids tastebuds to the healthy, or will it simply send the message that chicken nuggets and brownies are what they eat? some of her other suggestions are acceptable, but i can’t get behind all the puree business. although, the pumkin oatmeal looked so delicious i just may try that one. and i did once make brownies with black beans… what was my point?
i am not a food extremist (no diet will make us perfect, right?), and i don’t mind throwing a little sweetness into our diets; i also appreciate the art of presentation and preparation to kids: creativity is important. but avacado cupcakes? seriously. i will stick to my ancient kid staple when i need a reference: LLL’s Whole Foods for the Whole Family.