|Missy Chase Lapine|
Luckily we had just landed a bountiful supply of collards, from another health conscious momma friend, with an incredible knack for conjuring up tasty (and kid friendly) juice blends using the nastiest of greens! I'd attempted to follow in her footsteps by adding a bunch of collards to my usual 'safe' juice blend of celery, carrots and apple, somehow getting the balance so far off the mark that I've turned the whole family off juicing!
Our massive collard supply was just starting to become a thorn in my husband (The Family Chef')'s side, when we were reminded of the magical (and freezable) green puree! So Mommy and Daddy with the help of both boys got to work making the green stuff.
We stripped leaves from stems, nuked peas and leaves, and the kids took turns pushing the button on the food processor. All the while my youngest was happy to gnaw on a fresh collard stem - go figure!
What we didn't puree, we froze, leaving only a few stray collard leaves for Mommy's fresh veg stir-frys! The activity was fun, and educational for the kids, and what a relief to not let all that wonderful nutrition go to waste!
At dinnertime, Daddy prepared the meatloaf and made sweet potato mash to top off the 'cupcakes', letting the kids sprinkle paprika on top for fun. The presentation was fabulous, and my eldest boy, who has an unhealthy obsession with 'cake' was beside himself with excitement before dinner.
Of course I shouldn't have said anything to him (When will I learn?). As soon as my boy registered the word 'cupcake', he knew exactly what he thought he should have been getting. I watched nervously, as he sat at the table, wiggling and swinging his legs eagerly at the approaching, deceptively healthy cupcakes.
The poor kid took one bite and erupted into tears. What a mean trick! I admit, I felt as guilty as anything. The accusation and confusion flaring in my toddler's eyes was hard to take - Thank God I'd made banana bread for afterwards!
We may have lost that battle, but the veggie war is by no means over! We're already plotting round two of our 'Maxed Out Meatloaf' adventure. But this time "Shhh, nobody mention the word 'cupcake'!".