I am becoming my mother. Yes, I am now actively seeking out ways to hide vegetables in food. Sigh. (You’ll be happy to know I have not yet crossed over into the ‘wiping my child’s face with a tissue that I just licked‘ territory.) Anyhoo, bombarded with messages of child obesity trends and the old perfect parent brigade I’m feeling I need to get more veggies into her. Right now she’s having her orange period. Carrots, steamed sweet potato and pumpkin ‘sticks’ abound. However I’d like some more variety in her intake.
Honestly though, how the heck does Smushy know that a vegetable is a vegetable and the whole ‘reputation’ that a vegetable has? She’s been alive for 9 months and 4 days yet she can sniff out a sneaky green a mile away. I swear I actually watched her sniff the spoon once and when she figured out it was fruit and yoghurt she ate it. I tried to switch up the spoon with potato and broccoli and she clamped her mouth shut the minute it got near her.
I don’t blame her really.
I’d rather eat my own arm than broccoli.
So, I’ve been testing out some new finger foods. These two muffin recipes from The BLW Cookbook pass the veggie sneak test and are delicious I’ve tweaked them a bit and am happy with the result. So is spouse, he tried to steal a whole bunch. (If you do want to eat some, try with a spread of butter on them. Yummo.)
Carrot and Apple Muffins
200g half wholemeal, half white flour. (Or whatever you have.)
60g butter, melted.
2 large eggs, beaten.
2 large carrots, grated.
2 apples, grated.
3 tbs milk.
Juice of 2 oranges. (Optional, but it adds a lovely sweet flavour without having to use added sugar.)
Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees, line or grease 12 muffin tins.
Sift the flour. Combine eggs, carrots and apples in a separate bowl. Add butter and mix well. Add wet ingredients to the flour, fold together gently. Add milk to soften mixture. Spoon into tray and bake for 10-15 minutes. Voila! I freeze these for a rainy day too.
Cheese and Spinach Muffins
Tbs Olive Oil
Small red onion
1 tsp cayenne pepper (Optional- use your discretion, I lessen)
175g plain flour (I use half wholemeal/half white)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
125g grated tasty cheese
60g baby spinach or frozen spinach if preferred
Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees. Fry the onion. Sift the flour, baking powder and pepper. Beat the egg, add the milk to the egg and then fold into the dry ingredients Add the cheese, onion and spinach, gently mix and then spoon into tray.
Bake for 15-20 minutes and then allow to cool. Yummo. I freeze these too.
Happy almost Weekend!