Are your kids picky eaters? Is it a bloody struggle to get them to eat vegetables? Don’t worry because we’ve talked to two cooking moms on fun and interesting ways to convince your children to eat the challenging vegetable, squash.
Mother of Rafael, 5 and wife of Greg, Owner Escondido Beach Resort, Boracay
Chicklette is the chef of Boracay Crab House.
Her Veggie: Squash
What You’ll Need:
2 cups squash, cooked, mashed & drained
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Combine squash, eggs and butter; stir well and set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl; Add squash mixture to dry ingredients, stir. Spoon into greased muffin pans, filling 3/4 full. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
I try to be creative; I arrange vegetables creatively on the plate like a shape of a happy face, making it fun for Rafael to eat the veggies.
Mother to Marty, 8 and Noelle, 6, and wife to Chiqui, sports consultant
Michelle calls herself a part time teacher, full time mom and experimenting cook.
Her Veggie: Squash
Hide the veggies in soup recipes. My kids love squash especially when it's served as squash soup. I can also add carrots and make it a carrot-squash soup so I give them two veggies in one recipe. Just take care not to overboil the veggies so the nutrients stay intact. Squash also makes a good addition to curry dishes so I make sure to add a lot of squash when doing a chicken curry dish.
I don't think I try to coerce my kids into eating veggies but the only rule of the house is that they should try any dish at least once before they decide they don't like it. My husband and I also try to expose them to different food types and restaurants instead of the usual kiddie fastfood places. By doing so, my son has discovered that aside from squash he also likes palak paneer and mushroom ravioli!
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