About Laurie: I'm a mother of one two year old spitfire and stepmother to one 13 year old who thinks she's thirty.
My life is hectic.
So finding simple ideas to make my life easier is critical.
I love my son more than life itself, but feeding him is like feeding someone thirty seconds after thanksgiving dinner, not happening. I've learned that my goal in life is to hide as many fruits and vegetables in one meal as possible . That way if they eat even half, I'm good for the day. Hence the power of purée. For breakfast I make sweet potatoe, apple, banana pancakes. He loves them and so do I . It's a little time consuming but I freeze a bunch of containers and also the pancakes.
Cook five sweet potatoes and five apples in the oven. Doesn't matter how, just get the apples soft and skinned. Use the magic bullet (my favorite!) or whatever you have , and purée the skinned sweet potatoes, the apples, and 3 or 4 bananas . To make the log cabin mix, which is one of the healthier I've found, add equal parts purée to mix. Ignore the actual pancake recipe. If you need to thicken add more mix, thin add a little water. These pancakes taste amazing and spoil you for plain pancakes. The best part is they are dairy free!
Some other places to hide fruits and veg are chocolate avocado pudding. Yes avocado! Just blend the mix as written with one avocado. I've had people do a blind taste, you do not taste it. It just seems to add a creaminess, crazy but true.
For dinners I steam tomatoes, eggplant, and zucchini. I purée them with the skins and use it as my liquid to make meatloaf. I cut it up into squares and it makes 24 meals. You can take it out of the freezer, thaw a piece for pizza, pasta with meat sauce, or just how it is. My son loves it, and my stepdaughter has no clue. Home run for me!
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