I have written before (extensively) about how getting toddlers to eat vegetables is an exercise in futility.
If something happens to show a passing resemblance to a vegetable… Well then. Off it can bugger.
It’s got to the point now where the big one won’t even keep the discarded vegetables on the same plate as the rest of her dinner; they must be removed and destroyed as if their mere presence poses a threat to her well being.
My tried-and-tested way to ensure that they do actually eat some kind of vegetables and don’t end up with scurvy is the classic spaghetti Bolognese.
They both love the stuff. I thought I’d see what else I could make with a jar of Dolmio sauce which they might deign to eat.
Round one: Dolmio Spaghetti Bolognese
It goes like this: Chop and grate stuff (has to be grated so as not to appear too vegetable-like), cook, pour in sauce, simmer, serve, eat. Honestly, if I can do it, anyone can. The quantities above made enough for the four of us with leftovers to feed us all again during the week.
We ate together; we don’t currently have a dining room or a dining table (see exciting news of my extension here) so I will save you the lovely flatlay of our wonderful dinner eaten off a plastic table in the kitchen and move swiftly on to the results.
Clean plates and happy faces all round. Would definitely do again.
These were so easy to make. Put together, stick in the oven. Served with homemade potato wedges and sweetcorn which is currently the only vegetable that we don’t have to disguise.
I was dubious, because the big one can be a fussy little blighter, but she ate it all. Everything. It’s the first time she’s willingly eaten chicken.
Verdict: Almost miraculous.
Two thumbs up.
Round three: Layered Chicken and Vegetable Dolmio Bake
It was a very simple to do; layer the vegetables and chicken, and stick some sauce between each, a bit like a lasagne but without the pasta. Or the mince. Put in the oven for about an hour.
Served with garlic bread. Looked a lot more picture-worthy before it was on the plate. Delia I am not.
Verdict: Should have been split more ways.
Left me feeling very full; tasted alright though. The vegetables can be substituted for almost any.
It was very creamy; I’d probably use less white sauce next time although I gave the leftovers to the kids the following day with pasta and they loved it.
None of these recipes took more than 15 minutes to prepare, and all of them went down well.