My toddler.... mostly won't eat vegetables. Except when he will. Or when someone else gives him veggies. Or those mini sweet peppers. Or those three times he ate, like, a half pound of salad for dinner.* Anyhow. Green stuff? Forget it. Except! This is the ONE THING he will always eat:
Vegan Pea Pesto-Like Object
1 lb frozen peas (or 1/2 lb peas and 10 oz frozen spinach)
6 oz toasted unsalted sunflower seeds
6-10 cloves garlic
1 t salt
1 t rosemary
4 T olive oil
4 T lemon juice
(Optional: fresh basil. We usually don't have any.)
Boil 1.5 lbs pasta. Heat up the peas. Defrost and drain the spinach if you're using it. Food processor the heck out of the sunflower seeds and garlic. Throw in everything else and let your toddler hit the 'pulse' button to his or her heart's content. Taste it and adjust spicing. Drain the pasta, mix all the pesto with all the pasta, and tell your toddler it's Dinosaur Pasta. Watch in amazement as they devour green vegetables. Repeat as needed.
Anyone have more sure-fire vegetable-containing toddler dinners for me? Preferably fast ones. Also: vegan. (Sorry. Yes, we eat meat but I'm allergic to dairy and we usually have chicken once a week, and besides, Bug mostly won't eat meat. Except smoked salmon.)
*Not salad like this (the salad of my spouse's people). Salad like this.
(P.S. I just took a tour back through the blog's Flickr account looking for my salad picture (sadly absent; I appear to have, in a moment of rare restraint, refrained from mocking my in-laws' Jello). I cannot BELIEVE I hand-appliqued that quilt. Or hand-quilted more than one quilt. Or sewed that. Or that which will never fit me again, waaaah. Also, where the heck did I find this? And I have apparently been getting rid of unfortunate gifts from my in-laws for years. YEARS!!)