During a safety interview the caseworker had alone with the child at one point, she asked if we fed him, he said no, in child friendly language she asked him to elaborate and basically came up with he didn't like the food. Basically, she asked if we provided food, he said yes, she said he doesn't have to like it, we just have to provide it.
"The Sneaky Chef" and thought it had brilliant ideas! I haven't actually followed specific recipes in it, but I took the idea and basically simplified it. I just cook veggies, puree them, then freeze them in ice cube trays (excellent, healthier and cheaper way to make baby food btw also.) I will, at any point, grab a cube or two of veggies and add them to just about anything.
Some things I put them in:
anything that calls for a cream sauce
grilled cheese sandwiches
mac and cheese
and my favorite so far.....pancakes!
How my sneaky cheffing started was with pancakes. This kid loves any breakfast food that comes with syrup! Pancakes are common in this house so I make a bunch at one time and freeze them, which makes for much faster mornings! I had some extra broccoli from leftovers so I pureed it up and just tested one pancake with some mixed in. They turned green and they were a little denser but taste-wise, they were great. Unless I added a LOT of broccoli puree, I really couldn't taste it. Well the little stinker is way too smart and saw the green pancakes and asked why they were green. I had a "story" prepared already, I was just going to say I made them special because it's his favorite color...lol He accepted that but then asked if I put broccoli in them. Really?! I said yes, of course, everybody puts all kinds of things in pancakes. LOL At first he was all "Ew!" but after tasting them he accepted that they didn't taste any different, so he was fine with it. Ever since then, he actually enjoys helping me be a sneaky chef! He helped me put carrot puree (yes the dreaded carrots that he hates!) in meatloaf and ate it without any problems. I tell ya, once becoming a mom, my creative-thinking-on-my-feet part of my brain is really getting a workout!
So, don't fear the veggies. Get them involved and be "sneaky chefs" together. Try to pull one over on other members of the household. Make it a game, see if people can guess the hidden veggies.