When my kids were babies, I took great delight in steaming various types of vegetables, mashing and freezing them in covered ice cube trays. The frozen vege cubes were thrown into rice cereals, porridge or just heated to be eaten like desserts. I had a colourful stash of pumpkin, avocado, carrot, purple cabbage, broccoli, capsicums and cauliflower. Besides these, I did the same for fruits; apples, prunes, plums, pears. Bananas, mangoes, grapes, persimmons and tomatoes were eaten raw. My babies loved all of them!
But as they grow up, they begun rejecting vegetables. There was a point where they only ate spinach and potatoes!
I begun cooking my veges in different styles and took notes. After some trials and errors, I'm happy to discover that they do take some vege in certain ways of cooking. I'm really happy when they started taking these:And I'm really surprised that they loved these - lots of raw chopped onion leaves sprinkled into hot soupsEdamame too! Lightly blanched and salted
And even chomping down raw salad leaves like little rabbits!
These pictures were taken when hubby and I were the last to have dinner at mum's house on the Chinese Ghost Festival. The salad leaves were meant to wrap meat dishes before popping into our mouths. The kids had already taken their dinners, but came back to the dinner table to snack on raw salad leaves. They only eat the leaves dipped into some Chinese sweet sauce. Look how they loved them :-).
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