This semester I have been working on a major research project with a major focus on childhood obesity in today’s society. Though out the course of my research I have really stopped to evaluate how I am feeding my family, especially my children. What kind of example am I setting on a daily basis with the meal choices I am making for our family?
One thing that I realized is that I am really bad about getting enough veggies into my families meals. Partly because I get busy and forget and partly because I don’t really want to deal with the arguments that will come along with dinner.
Last night I had tacos on the menu. Everybody LOVES a good ‘Taco Tuesday’! However, as I was looking at the portion of ground turkey that I had pulled out I realized that I really didn’t have enough to feed 5 people.
That was when I decided to try and bulk it up.
I started with some diced onion and shredded carrots.
I browned those in a bit of olive oil and some garlic. I tossed in some green chili because green chili always makes things taste better.
Finally it was time to add in the meat. We basically only use ground turkey for a number of reasons. The biggest one is that it is cheaper than ground beef.
The final touch was a bit of taco seasoning that I made up from a recipe I received during one of my Seminary Wives classes.
To fill up the taco shells I added in some refried beans with some cheese and garlic salt.
I topped that with the taco meat and lots of shredded cheese.
My goal was to get my kiddos to eat more veggies without knowing that is what they were doing. And I think I can say that I was able to make that happen.
Both kids stuffed down 2 whole tacos and were asking for more by the end of the evening. I would call that a dinner SUCCESS!!
How do you get your kids to eat more veggies? Do you have any secret tips or tricks? Let me know in the comments.