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OK. So we all know how frustrating it is to get a kid to eat healthy. You KNOW they're going to like it if only they would just taste one spoon of it...come on..open up!

But NO. That mouth is as tightly shut as a concrete wall and there ain't nothing getting in there.

They may fool you into thinking that they're going to try it-and look! there goes a flying spoon and all the food that was on it! any of this sounding familiar? 

Well I can help!

I have some quality  tips for the unbeknownst rascal to eat vegetables as well as some French family cooking secrets and some great easy kids recipes which are guaranteed to get them fed. 

I know just as well as the next Mom how kids change their palettes every second day. One day they love mash potato, the next they exclaim that they hate it and always have! 

Your lovely bouncy baby just devours everything you give her until one day, that head begins to turn, further and further to the side. Yes? 

So I am going to divulge a very french family secret with you now:

Next time you want to give your child some vegetables and you know they will refuse, try this:

1 potato

1 carrot

1 cup peas

( any of your other favorite veg) 

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Boil the vegetables in water until cooked through and then mash together.

THEN, add a laughing cow cheese triangle to the mixture.

Feed child and watch their face change-Happy Eating!


extra tips:

  • Mash potatoes and add some cooked red lentils- this is filling and high in vitamins and protein. Handy dish when you want an alternative to meat.  If you're feeling adventurous, you may also try adding some other vegetables such as leek, broccoli and peas.
  • If you are at a loose end as to what to cook, especially for small baby/child portions, always keep a  tub of creme fraiche in the fridge. This can be added to pasta and a pinch of basil for a tasty lunch or with some rice and ham. 
  • My kids love couscous. This can be cooked in some chicken stock for more taste and you can add pretty much anything after that. I usually mix it with cooked carrots, peas and meatballs but everything and anything can go in there! A good option when using leftovers. 



Easy French Kids Recipes

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Eggs in Nest

Ingredients:

6 eggs

750g potatoes

30 g butter

2 small glasses of milk

breadcrumbs

salt/pepper

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Method:

1.Peel the potatoes and put in saucepan of boiling water. cook for 20 minutes.

2.Boil the milk

3. Mash the potatoes adding the butter and the boiled milk. mix well all together.

4. Grease a oven dish well and add the potato mixture spreading evenly.

5.Make 6 holes in the mash

6. Bake like this in the oven for 5 minutes at 200 degrees.

7. Remove from oven and turn oven up to 250 degrees. 

8. Break an egg into each hole. cover with salt,pepper and breadcrumbs and put back into the oven for 7 minutes. 

This dish is lovely with some fresh spinach or other leafy vegetable. 


Lentil Hotpot

Ingredients:

240g green lentils

150g smoked bacon cubes

4  sausages ( smoked if possible) 

1 large carrot

1 small onion

mixed herbs

salt/pepper

1 litre water




Method:

1. In a pan, fry the onions and bacon cubes together

2. slice the sausage and carrot and add to the pan

3. Add the lentils, herbs, salt, pepper and water

4. cover and simmer for 40 minutes on a medium heat

YUM!

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Tip:  Add a spoon of creme freche for the fussier eaters!

French children are exposed to a lot more variety of foods at a younger age.

In my view, its because there are  more cultures and different ethnicity in France which means there are is a more varied food market to be found over there.

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The French market place is in abundance of varieties of all types of herbs, spices, meats and vegetables. 

We mustn't be afraid to try new things. The more we offer our children the more they will develop tastes and recognize foods and for us to develop new ideas for cooking. 


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