My granddaughters love fruits and veggies – can’t get enough of them. My grandson… yuck. We thought up ways to disguise them and hide them in other food (like cooking carrots, mashing them and adding them to spaghetti sauce) but we’d rather get him to like them and eat them on his own.
So, we had some fun. Remember Mr. Potato Head? It’s a fun game, but I think these days he’s made of plastic. We decided to return to his roots (all puns intended) and grabbed a couple of real potatoes in different colors. We used a big Idaho potato, a big sweet potato and a big blue potato. People and potatoes come in different colors.
We got out the toothpicks and cut up different bowls of veggies. Did you know that sliced peppers make great eyebrows or ears, baby carrots have excellent nose qualities, olives are obvious eyeballs? We used red lettuce for hair and added either a broccoli hat or a cauliflower bow. I attempted to carve a radish into a flower, but I’m no sculptor. We used celery for arms and added a hunk of cheese as a baseball mitt, complete with a small radish baseball.
After playing, we laughed hysterically as we ate the eyeballs and nibbled on the nose. I’m not saying we converted him to a vegetarian, but he tried new things and we had lots of fun together. Here’s food for thought, in case you’re having veggie issues, too.