Conspiracy Theory

I am convinced that toddlers around the world are uniting  forces. There is strength in numbers. Their mission:  to ensure no unfortunate child is forced to become acquainted with (dum dum dum)…. the vegetable.

While we think the incoherent babblings of toddlers are cute and endearing, they are in fact spreading secret code to their picky eating counterparts. “Do NOT, under any circumstance, allow ANYTHING green or orange to enter your mouth. If you see this colour, alarm bells should sound warning you of the imminent, dreaded VEGETABLE. If this horrible substance should pass between your lips, it must be immediately rejected.”

At least this is how it seems to be in my house. Tristan will greedily consume crackers (or any carb for that matter), cheese, fruit and the occasional bite of meat if it is saturated in ketchup and mustard (a staple at our house!)

Well you know what buddy, I WIN!

That’s right. You know that delicious breakfast you ate this morning? It was eggs…. with squash! Oh yeah. You heard me. You ate squash. AND YOU LIKED IT!!!!  Muuuhaaaaahaaahaaaa!

Living with a picky eater, I frequently cook out of Jessica Seinfeld’s “Deceptively Delicious.”  These recipes are single-handedly saving my child’s nutrition.

The recipe for the egg puffs which were such a hit with both my boys (big and little!) is listed below. Enjoy the deception.  🙂

Baked Egg Puffs

Ingredients:

Non-stick cooking spray

2 large eggs

4 large egg whites

1/2 cup yellow or butternut squash puree

2 tbsp shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Coat 4 (1/2 cup) ramekins or coffee cups with cooking spray and set on baking sheet.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, egg whites, squash puree, cheese, flour, baking powder and salt until combined. Divide the mixture among the ramekins or cups and bake until the tops are puffed up and the eggs are no longer runny in the center when pierced with the tip of a knife, 13 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

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