This is the Backwards Edition of Works For Me Wednesday. In other words, after some lengthy diatribe, I will seek information from ye readers.
This parenting business ain’t for sissies. I’ve used some pretty sneaky and underhanded tricks as a parent, but I think I’ve achieved my personal best in parental trickery.
My 2 year old son won’t be caught in the same room with a vegetable. His older sisters love them, but so far, he’s broken every standard rule I so carefully established with the siblings prior to him. I should not be surprised.
For he is a rebel.
When he was an infant, I could get a jar of carrots in him. If I had first carefully hidden them underneath his oatmeal. And then darkened the room. Soft music didn’t hurt either, in setting the tone for the vegetable wooing.
When he began feeding himself, the party was over. I had nearly given up, and began crushing up a multivitamin and hiding it in his applesauce. Hoping for the best.
But then, visions of rickets danced in my head.
Now, you who have never dealt with Jensen, might say, “JUST MAKE HIM.”
Have you ever tried to make a 2 year old eat a vegetable? I have. And that’s two hours of my life that I’ll never get back. And one stubborn green bean that’s never coming down off the ceiling.
But then I discovered something wonderful. Jessica Seinfeld wrote a cookbook called, Deceptively Delicious. It’s about hiding pureed vegetables in many recipes geared to children. I’ve tried a few of her recipes, and have even branched out to include purees in some of my own. Last weekend, I made my whole wheat pancakes with mashed bananas, and some pureed carrots thrown in for good measure. The recipe also included a little wheat germ and a scoop of protein powder.
They flew off the table.
In a good way.
And the young boy in question would have licked his plate clean if I hadn’t intervened.
Now for my question. If you’re still with me and your eyes haven’t crossed and rolled back into your head.
Since I’m now all about the puree, and all, I have my eye on a kitchen gadget called the Vita-Mix. This is a high end machine that purees, makes soups, ice cream (with vegetables and the kids won’t even know), kneads bread, and more. It’s like a blender/food processor on steroids.
And it’s pricey. Anywhere from $350.00 to $500.00, I’ve heard. And you have to buy it from a dealer. (Not that kind of dealer.) But, a specialized Vita-Mix dealer. And sometimes, they’re sold at Sams. But, never when I happen to be there.
Have you all had any experience with this contraption? Is it worth it? And where did you find yours? Do you prefer paper or plastic? (Just kidding) Seriously, I appreciate any and all information. I liken it to purchasing a car. I’ve got to kick all the tires. I don’t know why. I just do.
I’m beginning to save my pennies for maybe next Christmas. So, I’m doing my research now. Because there are only 355 more shopping days, you know.