Are you giggling yet? I mean "Cooking for a Toddler" is practically oxymoronic. Sort of like "Cooking for a pack of hungry gorillas who will eat nothing but bananas." Like really, who cooks for a toddler? I like to think of it more like "Guess which food will not come out as a chewed up ball of grossness."
As a baby, my daughter ate anything that came out of a jar. As long as it was soft and mushy, she would eat it. Actual solid foods were a bit of a harder sell. I imagine chomping on a piece of chicken with 8 teeth is somewhat disconcerting, however, I was a little scared that she was going to turn into a rice puff.
Now a blossoming toddler, she has a decent appetite and for the most part, will eat anything in pasta, cheese, potato, or soft meat form. Basically, the opposite of Oprah's diet - white and fatty, down the gullet it goes. Aside from the lovely canned green bean (or boiled to an almost mushy pulp) and the V-8 Fusion juice that has veggies and fruit juice (and no high fructose blabla or sugar), veggies are a hard sell. Like selling a toothbrush to someone with no teeth hard.
Similar to about 14,000 other things related to motherhood, no one tells you about this stuff. I figured out how to hide spinach in the mac n' cheese, mix avocado in the mashed potatoes, and make a mean "throw as many veggies into a cream of mushroom soup" casserole that goes over reasonably well. But other than that, a rabbit we do not have.
Considering my dilemma, I've enlisted the help of my pal Becki - you know, the Cooking with Whine goddess and recipe extraordinaire. It seems she has some great ways to get kids to eat their veggies plus a fun salad recipe that kids actually eat. Yes. She's tested it. Her kids eat it. For real.
So, hop on over there and check them out. And while you're there, I suggest checking out her archives. I think I saw cappachino muffins and some crazy yummy sounding cocktail that I might just have to whip up. And if you are motivating me to cook something, you know it's got to be good. Plus, if I have to look at another chewed up wad of broccoli, I'm going to need to drink something stiffer than a glass of ice water with lemon.
And if you have any great ways to sneak in the veggies, let me know!