So last month, when I read Getting to YUM: The 7 Secretes of Raising Eager Eaters by Karen Le Billon, I was excited thinking "maybe I will finally learn to start liking more vegetables!" Oh yeah, and I want my kids to eat them well. (Tabby already does though.) And ... for Frank to eat more too. The author wrote, and used evidence, that repeated exposure to a food can help a person develop a taste for it. Hmmm. I was very skeptical when I read this because I've eat lots of "yucky foods" - besides broccoli - hundreds of times and still despise them.
However, she pointed out that when the French teach their children to like foods, they expose them to that particular food in many different forms. Interesting. Thinking back to my childhood I remember only eating broccoli cooked one way. (Sometimes I was allowed to smother it with cheese, so maybe that counts as two ways.)
And, I reflected on an amazing broccoli experience I had earlier this year. Tabby had asked me to make a recipe called "broccoli bites" from a cookbook I have called Effortless Read Food: Taking the Kitchen Approach to Health by Wendi Michelle. In this recipe, you mix sharp cheese with lightly steamed broccoli and them roll it into little balls and into a mixture of salt, Parmesan cheese, and breadcrumbs. Fry in grape seed oil. I forced myself to try one and was surprised. IT WAS NOT BAD!
So I knew that I could tolerate a little bit of broccoli prepared at least one way. In Getting to YUM the author states broccoli is one of the "mildest green vegetables." (Really?!) I decided to start our experiment in taste testing with broccoli. I would prepare it several different ways for several days. I would use the recipes in Getting to Yum. We would discuss what we liked and didn't like about it. Life happened though, and we only had two recipes. Two more to follow this week.
First I made "George's Broccoli Puree." I managed to eat several small bites without gagging. Frank didn't say a word and had his serious face on as he ate. Hunter tried it and said "I don't care for this." Solomon ate half of his without protest. Tabby smiled with the first bite and said "YUM! I really like it!" She was happy to get to finish up the boys bowls of puree.
|George's Broccoli Puree|
|Mollie's Enchanted Broccoli Rainforest|
I thought I would share one recipe - a non-broccoli one!- that I have been obsessed with this summer. It is from the book Trim Healthy Mama by Serene Allison & Pearl Barrett. It is called "Fat Stripping Frappa" and the author's describe it as a "creamy, icy, chocolately drink." It reminds me of a fluffy Wendi's Frosty, but not as overly sweet. It will fill you up for hours and is a great drink for losing weight. I don't need to lose weight but am addicted to it anyway. :) The recipe is on pgs. 240-41 of the book, and I have re-written it below, using the amounts of everything I use:
1 - In blender, put in 1/2 c. of milk AND 1/2 c. of water (I use our goats' milk - the authors suggest almond milk).
2 - Add: 1 heaping Tbs. cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp. glucomamman powder, 2 pinches sea salt, 1 tsp. NuStevia Pure White Stevia Extract Powder [or Truvia], and a splash of vanilla.
3 - Blend well, then add about 20 ice cubes. (It gets really thick - I use our Vitamix and use that push down thing that came with it to get things to mix when it's on).
4 - Add 1/2 to 1 scoop of plain whey protein powder and blend again.
5 - Pour into a quart sized jar and enjoy. YUM ....
On a non-food related note, I bought Solomon his first pair of rubber boots last week. It was so funny seeing him learning to walk in them. (They are up to his knees so I'm sure it felt weird!) He had lots of short practice sessions one morning and then by the afternoon was walking pretty well. Now he gets so excited to put on his rubber boots when we go outside and put ours own. When you live on a little farm like we do, you WANT to wear boots outside. ;)