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How To Get Kids To Eat Their Veggies: Ampalaya, Squash and Eggplant

Having problems with getting your kids to eat veggies? Some real cooking moms share with us what they did to overcome the problem of feeding veggies to their kids.

ampalayaAre your kids picky eaters?  Is it a bloody struggle to get them to eat vegetables?  Don’t worry because we’ve talked to three cooking moms on fun and interesting ways to convince your children to eat the challenging vegetable trio: ampalaya, eggplant and squash.

Jane De Leon
Mother to Santiago, 23, Sergio, 21, Miguel, 20 and Marco, 17.  Jane is currently a student of the Center for Family Ministries (CEFAM) and the former owner/manager of a fast food outlet called Good Stuff.

Her Veggies: Squash, Ampalaya and Eggplant
Diningding is a veggie stew that my kids like to eat.

 

Ingredients:

•    1 tablespoon olive oil
•    2 cloves garlic, crushed
•    1/3 cup bagoong
•    4 cups water
•    4 tomatoes, chopped
•    1 onion, finely chopped
•    1 thumb-sized ginger, crushed
•    1 cup squash, cubed
•    1 bundle sting beans, cut into 2-inch long pieces
•    5 pieces okra, halved
•    1 ampalaya, halved and sliced
•    1 eggplant, cut into 2-inch long pieces
•    1 cup, dried shrimp (hibe)
•    1 whole tilapia or bangus, fried or grilled

Heat olive oil, then sauté garlic and bagoong for 3 minutes. Strain. In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the strained bagoong, tomatoes, onion, ginger and squash.


When squash is half-cooked, add the sitaw, okra, and ampalaya. Do not stir. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add the eggplant and dried shrimp. Cover and cook until done. Add the fish on top, and cook until heated through.

As kids grow up, you have to introduce them to different kinds of vegetables.  Serving it at home and watching you eat it will make them realize it’s good.

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Click here for another ampalaya, squash and eggplant recipe: Tempura Style Veggies.

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Here's another ampalaya, squash and eggplant recipe:  Tempura Style Veggies.

 

Poteet
Mother to Marella, 11, Jose, 8 and Matteo 1, wife of Tiger, Art Director & Graphic Designer
Poteet is an advertising professional, devoted hands-on mom and cooking aficionado.

Her Veggies: Squash, Ampalaya and Eggplant

TEMPURA-STYLE VEGGIES

 

Ingredients:

•    1 cup flour
•    1/2 tsp salt
•    1/2 tsp sugar
•    1 tsp baking powder
•    1 cup water
•    3 tbsp vegetable oil
•    oil for frying
•    eggplant, ampalaya or squash cut into French fries

Procedure:
•    Mix flour, salt, sugar and baking powder into a flat or semi deep dish.
•    Slowly add the oil and water until smooth and creamy then chill for 15 minutes.
•    In a pan, heat vegetable oil over high heat.
•    Dip the vegetables in the batter, then drop in the oil.
•    Cook for 3 minutes, until crisp and lightly golden brown.
•    Drain on paper towels.
•    Serve with rice and their favorite fried chicken or pork chops.

I make them understand that they need their vegetables to do their favorite activities well.  It’s for strength and stamina for Marella when she does her advanced ballet; power, bulk and endurance for Jose for his taekwondo and football.

 

Click here for real mom's Silvia Mijares's advice on how to get kids to eat ampalaya, squash and eggplant.

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Read on for real mom's Silvia Mijares's advice on how to get kids to eat ampalaya, squash and eggplant.

 

Silvia Mijares

Mother to Lia, 34, and Macoy, 32, and wife of Bojo, businessman, former IT professional
 
Silvia is a resource speaker/ training consultant/ facilitator in IT and Oral Communication topics and a contributor to Food magazine.

Her Veggies: Squash, Ampalaya and Eggplant

Start kids very early by taking the vegetables [be it squash, eggplant, bitter gourd, or any other vegetable for that matter] and mashing them to constituency.  The younger the kid, the finer the food has to be mashed.  As the child grows older and has more teeth, the kid will successfully manage with tidbit-sized bits, then chunks of, food.  If the food is dry, add a little water or some soup or broth from the dish.  You can also add steamed rice with the veggies.

Specific foods were introduced in small quantities, to test for allergies, and whether the kid will take to it or not.  If all goes well, it can be given in bigger quantities later.  It is also advisable to introduce new food one at a time.

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