Another day, another attempt to get my child to eat.
Every day, three times a day, I put something in front of her and hold my breath. “Mmmm, peas!” I say, “Remember how much you liked them last time?”
One of three things happens next:
Option A: Peas goes into her mouth. She chews. Swallows. Reaches for another bite. Woohoo!! I instantly feel like a more successful mother.
Option B: Peas goes into her mouth. She chews. Swallows. I smile hopefully. She adamantly refuses another bite by hitting my hand away as if she’s positive I’m trying to poison her.
Option C: Peas goes into her mouth. Acts as if I’ve given her bleu cheese or something similarly disgusting. Her entire tongue arches forward so far it looks like she might spit her tongue out onto the tray along with the peas. Now I’m just irritated because I’ve wasted my time making that damn food in the first place.
I try not to attempt to force her into eating, because, you know, that’s what “they” say you should do. This time, I think “they” know what they’re talking about, because I can’t see how I could possibly succeed in getting this little lizard to swallow anything she wasn’t buying into. It’s like trying to force a child to fall asleep. You just can’t. I picture many tears being shed in the process. From both of us.
So I’m forced to be sneaky.
This week I had a stroke of sneaky brilliance.
The Inspiralizer seems to be the current fad in food gadgets. As an owner of a kitchen in the city (enough said), I do my best to make do with what I have. So, the spiral concept in mind, I decided to do some experimenting.
To really appreciate this, you have to understand. My daughter hates squash. Hates it. Option C occurs every single time if I even think of putting it near her mouth.
So I came up with…
Use a potato peeler to first peel the squash as if it were a potato. I got rid of the skins, but it’s up to you. Then continue to peel until you reach the seeds. You should be left with a pile of squash that looks like flat noodles.
Saute the “noodles” in a little olive oil. Just a teaspoon or so. Cook until they’re very soft, similar to the texture of pasta.
My daughter likes pasta with pesto, so I added a couple teaspoons of a prepared pesto I had on hand and mixed it in while in the pan. Marinara would work great too.
That’s it! I tried them and they were actually delicious, I’ll be making them for myself too. Best part…Option A. Sneaky veggie success.
Until next time, picky eater.
Sneaky Squash Noodles
- 1 yellow or zucchini squash
- 1-2 t. olive oil
- 1-2 t. prepared pesto, or marinara sauce to taste
- Using a potato peeler, peel squash as if it were potato, removing skins before keeping the rest of the squash. Peel until reaching the seeds.
- Heat olive oil in small pan on medium heat. Saute until very soft, similar to the texture of flat pasta noodles.
- Add pesto (or marinara) and enjoy!