There are three ways to get your kids to eat healthy things.
- They just do it. If this is the case, you are likely a fictional character from a children’s book. If it is your only child, you may brag about it to all your mom friends as their indignant kids proclaim, “I don’t like it.” I know, you just fed it to them as a baby and now they are amaze-balls with their veggies. My first born was, too. And then I had Miles. So, let’s move on.
- Sneak that stuff in. Chop it, blend it, grind it, pulverize it, and then hide it like a politician hiding a sex tape. Go covert. Then, politely smile as you say, “No, honey. That is not a zucchini in your sauce. Of course you don’t like zucchini. Mommy knows.” Lie. Do it.
- Make it cute. Turn ordinary grub into a bear, a puppy or whatever adorable doe-eyed creature they like. We have no shame in our house. My husband cuts cucumbers into fish shapes, and I make dinner into a Halloween something spooky throughout the month. Let the majestic presentation fool their little brains into enjoyment.
This recipe uses tactics No. 2. and No. 3. The filling is my veggie-packed taco recipe (tactic No. 2). The pepper itself is wistfully turned into a spooky Jack-O-Lantern (tactic No.3). I can’t do this crap every night, certainly, but I do find making food fun is beneficial in getting your kids to eat more variety, and making you feel like a kick-ass Martha Stewart kinda mom…if even for only a moment in time.
This looks like a lot of ingredients, but don’t let it scare you. It is actually quite easy. I make a big batch of the taco seasoning and store it in a jar to use later.
Taco Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers Recipe
2 cloves garlic
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
6 bell peppers
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 lbs. meat of your choice
(I have made these with ground turkey, bison, ground beef and a combination)