Help! My toddler won't eat vegetables. Any ideas for sneaking them into her meals without her knowing? --bstip
I've got just the right vehicle for sneaking veggies into your toddler. You can make homemade ravioli using wonton wrappers (pre-cut squares of uncooked dough) and chopped cooked vegetables, veggie purees or even toddler veggies in jars for the fillings. The wrappers are widely available in supermarkets in the cold food sections.
Armed with the wrappers, you can get your child involved in assembly. Give her some cookie cutters -- stars, hearts, fluted circles (they'll need to be 3 to 4 inches in diameter) -- and have her cut out shapes. Then help her to place a spoon of filling inside, top with another piece of dough, crimp the edges with a fork to hold in place and voila -- a fabulous veggie surprise.
Some popular fillings for kids include ricotta and sun-dried tomato or pumpkin ravioli, though you can use leftover veggies mixed with ricotta cheese. You are only limited by your imagination. The key to this approach is how, when you give your daughter a hand in preparing her own food, her pride and excitement gives her a big incentive to eat and enjoy it -- even if it includes her dreaded vegetables.
Lynn Fredericks is the author of Cooking Time is Family Time.