It’s a struggle to get my kids to eat their veggies. That’s a struggle that I know a lot of parents go through. My oldest dislikes veggies in general. If absolutely forced to eat a vegetable he may resort to putting as small a piece as he can in his mouth and then swallowing it with some water, like a pill. My middle child will eat some veggies. Spinach usually isn’t a problem, carrots if they’re raw, sometimes broccoli. The toddler is still pretty good about eating the vegetables I set in front of her, but can be easily distracted from them by things like rice and mac n cheese. So the other day, to try to mask some veggies as something else, I made mashed cauliflower.
This isn’t really a new idea, I know, but it’s new to us! I was thinking about how to prepare a head of cauliflower I bought and remembered being at Costco a couple weeks back and someone was handing out samples of a mashed cauliflower they had in the frozen section. Bingo! Light bulb!
Here’s what I did:
1 head of cauliflower cleaned
2 tbs of butter
1/4 cup heavy cream or milk
Salt and pepper to taste
- Get a pot of water on the stove and start heating that sucker up to a healthy boil.
- Take your head of cauliflower and get any green leafy bits off, you don’t need that junk
- Rinse the cauliflower take out a sharp knife. Start chopping! You cut up the cauliflower as much as you want. Smaller chunks will cook through faster.
- Say sweet words to the cauliflower as you slide it off of your cutting board into the boiling water. Assure it that it’s just getting a soothing bath.
- Boil until tender. To test I fished a chunk out of the pot and tried to crush it with a fork. When it crushed easily, it was done.
- Drain those hot veggies! We don’t need that water any more.
- Throw your hot, soft cauliflower back in the pot and add in the butter.
- Get your favorite mashing implement and work out your aggressions on the cauliflower. Rough day at work? Smash some veg! Kids didn’t clean up the living room like you asked? Stomp that stuff flat!
- Once it’s mashed and the butter is melted add in the cream or milk and mash it some more until everything is nice and mixed together.
- Finally, stir in some salt and pepper to taste, maybe a little garlic powder or something, and you’re done!
Don’t tell the kids it’s mashed cauliflower, tell them it’s mashed potatoes and see if they can tell the difference.
Depending on how many you’re feeding, you may want to double or triple the recipe above. I used one medium head of cauliflower and there wasn’t a ton to go around.
Looking for other ways to hide healthy stuff in your kids’ food?