Incidentally, I didn't find any shoes, but Marshall's did have something else that made my heart go pitter-pat. I got very excited... maybe even elated. I'm not sure I know the difference. I gasped and said, "Oh!!! I have been wanting this for so long Jason." I think I startled the lady next to me. Maybe she isn't used to witnessing such excitability at a discount store.
I try to be creative with meals and make them appealing to the kiddos (and even the big boy who is not a big fan of veggies, either). Vegetables, as exciting as they are to me, just don't make the boys do flips. My mom has an interesting book about blood types, and the author has a theory that people with type A blood actually like vegetables and people with type O like meat, and actually need it. This seems to be 100% accurate for my house, although I just cannot see how this would be beneficial and balanced from a nutrition perspective.
I spent a couple hours steaming & grating veggies and pureeing this morning. Then, I snuck the veggies in all kinds of things. We devoured pumpkin in pancakes. We sampled cauliflower, carrot and sweet potato hidden in a bean and cheese burrito. And we chowed down on egg noodles covered in yellow squash and freshly grated parmesan. That's 5... yes, 5 vegetables in a single day! Get the smelling salts... I think I'm going to faint!!
1-yellow squash, 2-sweet potato, 3-broccoli, 4-cauliflower, 5-carrots, 6-spinach
And do you know what? My carnivores ate and liked their veggies! I wouldn't say that they are on their way to becoming herbivores any time soon, but progress is progress. When I told Joshua what he'd eaten, he just couldn't believe it.
There are about 4 pounds of grated & pureed veggies in my fridge and freezer right now. It'll be interesting to see where they end up in the next month!! Do you have any good strategies at your house?? Cause I'm on a roll and I need more inspiration to keep it going!! :)
Oh, and by the way, here is the recipe for the Pumpkin Pancakes if you'd like to try it:
I left out allspice. I also added another egg and a couple more splashes of milk for a thinner consistency. They were super yummy and there's barely any sugar in this recipe.
Next time, I may try substituting some whole wheat flour and adding some flax meal for Omega 3's.
Somebody stop me!!