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Toddler Grub

I’ve had a hard time getting in a groove with our toddler’s shifting palette and appetite. As much as I want to make sure this girl is eating a variety of foods and aspire for creative meal planning, I find I work better with consistency. I also loathe throwing away food. Since we’re not much of cooked veggie fans around here, I’ve found it near impossible to remind myself to prepare a batch of steamed broccoli (or anything remotely like it) to round out her meals. Although her favorites are pretty decent (raw/dried fruit, nuts, hummus and an on-again-off-again relationship with eggs, yogurt and cheese), I figured she could use some green in her diet. Enter the green smoothie. Something I enjoy frequently, but now go out of my way to make every day.

And sometimes she goes out of her way to drink it, or at least get it on her face.



Favorite Vegetable Convert Recipes

Lately certain members of our household have been not only tolerating but honestly enjoying vegetables that had previously been only my domain. I thought it might be helpful to share the recipes that lead to such a drastic conversion. Ben actually gets excited when I tell him these veggies are in our co-op share.

Banana Peppers – Cooking a la Mel | Cheesy Stuffed Banana Peppers

Bok Choy – All Recipes | Spicy Bok Choy in Garlic Sauce

I add shrimp and toss it with rice for a one-bowl dish.

Broccoli – Center Cut Cook | Broccoli Cheese Soup

I omit the Velveeta for Whole Foods American, but this really does taste like Jason’s Deli.

Cabbage – Real Simple | Cabbage & Sausage Casserole

Cauliflower – Pinch of Yum | Creamy Cauliflower Sauce

The cauliflower pizza crust was a bust, but this is a super easy sauce that was so good I was told it could go “in the rotation.”

Chickpeas – Texan Erin | The Original Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites Recipe

Not a co-op veggie, but this recipe is too good not to share. Even that one person that gags every time they eat beans (and lived an entire year in East Africa without consuming more than two beans) enjoys this dessert.

Tofu – Chocolate Covered Katie | Banana Pudding

Again, not a co-op veggie, but this recipe is the best banana pudding I’ve ever had (and it’s straight nutrition).

Boof, please

For over two-thirds of my life I had no knowledge and/or interest in smoothies. I could not comprehend why someone would forgo an opportunity to savor delicious fruits and vegetables in order to muddle them together and sip them down a straw in five minutes. Not to mention how expensive they are. It was positively ludicrous.

About six years ago I changed my tune. I started loving smoothies. I don’t know what took me so long? Is there a simpler meal to prepare? I loved them so much I killed our blender. We took a year off in Rwanda to recover from the loss and came back to Texas and bought a Vitamix. There’s nothing like dropping $500 on a blender to kick your smoothie making into high gear. Actually it did no such thing. I just made my raw chocolate shake over and over and over again. Why mess with perfection?

It became an even bigger staple when I was pregnant with Leila and trying to ingest the largest amount of vitamins in as efficient a manner possible. Plus, the smoothie tasted good.

Now Leila loves smoothies. Recently she’s started pulling the large Starbucks glass out of the dishwasher and attempting to lug the Vitamix off the shelf while she adamantly repeats, “Boof! Boof!” She does an impressive job taking down my concoctions, especially when the only straw to drink belongs to mama or papa.


Boof Recipes to Enjoy


The Raw Chocolate Shake (slightly modified)


2 handfuls raw spinach (2 c)

2 T raw cacao powder

5 drops liquid stevia (optional)

1 small-medium banana, frozen

¾ c raspberries, frozen or 1 c cherries, frozen

1 c seed, nut or coconut milk


The Greenest Smoothie (we drink)


2 handfuls raw spinach (2 c)

20-25 baby carrots

1 orange (any size)

1” piece ginger, peeled

5 drops liquid stevia (optional)

ice (I use about two handfuls)

1 c coconut water


“Tastes like Jamba Juice” (according to Ben)


1 c mango, frozen

1 orange

5 drops liquid stevia (optional)

1 c coconut water


What’s your favorite smoothie combination?