Hi family, friends, and blog lovers! Summer is final here! And, it’s so good to be blogging today. In this post I will discuss what’s new with my little Jace Evan and share a few of my favorite cauliflower cooking recipes. I will also share some great ways to get your kids to eat cauliflower and broccoli with just three healthy and simple ingredients.
About Jace. . .
He went to the doctor’s office sometime last week to get a weight and height check. Dr. Jolly wanted to check his calcium and iron levels to make sure they were improving. I am happy to report that he is doing much better! When this problem first occurred we were told that increasing his intake of foods that are high in calcium and iron would help significantly. In this case, it worked wonders! We started with green leafy vegetable. This was VERY hard. Although we never introduced sugary, processed, or junk foods into Jace’s diet, he still did not have an appetite for most healthy foods. There were only a few foods that we could get him to eat without holding him down and spoon feeding him ourselves – oatmeal, blueberries and strawberries, yogurt, and %100 whole wheat bread. Giving him the grains worked wonderfully because these foods are rich in iron. Therefore, it was most beneficial in increasing his iron levels. The yogurt helped increase his calcium levels quite a bit, but not as much as we would have liked. To be honest, I do not believe that the blueberries and strawberries helped for this particular issue. But I am very grateful that he has developed a healthy appetite for good fruits. Strawberries and blueberries are powerful immunity boosters, so I know they helped in this regard. And blueberries are loaded with powerful antioxidants.
During Jace’s visit we learned that he is 19 Ibs and 3.5 ounces, and 28 inches in length. Yes! He is still a little guy for his age. The doctor said she would like to see him gain a little more weight. Although she is showing some concern for his weight, I disagree. Both Austin and I are very small people. Both of our maternal families have very small and petite people. I was only 5 Ibs when I was born and Austin was 6Ibs when he was born. We are just small people. I believe that Jace has inherited that from us. I also believe that because Jace was a preemie, he is a little under the growth curve. Good news is, he is not doing so bad that he needs to go to doctor’s every other week anymore. So we are excited about that.
We have been including more and more healthy foods in Jace’s diet. We try to avoid any sugary processed foods. So far, we have given Jace broccoli, cauliflower, spaghetti squash, carrots, grapes, cantaloupe, pineapple, bell peppers, and tomatoes. We are working towards including zucchini and spinach into his diet this summer. Jace is exceptionally special. He is one of the few kids that I know who will eat broccoli plain. Most kids avoid broccoli altogether by “hiding” it under the dining table or feeding it to the dog. Not my Jace! He loves broccoli. I’m sure this food has also helped increase his iron levels as well. Cauliflower, on the other hand, does not get a fair chance with Jace. He does not like this food all that much, at least not plain. The rest of my family feels the same way about cauliflower as Jace. They do not actively seek out the leftover cauliflower in the refrigerator the next day like I do. So, what do I do to get them to eat this wonderful vegetable that’s high in calcium, iron, vitamins C, B, B-6, and B-12? I spice it up with healthy and flavorful condiments.
First, I use coconut oil. After removing the stem from cauliflower, it will naturally fall apart. I then break the larger florets into small bite-sized florets using a knife. I then wash the small florets using water and an all-natural vegetable wash, and set it to the side in a large bowl. Next, I prepare a baking sheet by placing aluminum foil on the bottom of the pan, and lightly coating it with coconut oil. You can also use unsalted butter (not margarine), if your family can stand to include more fat in your diet.
I place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet and coat the vegetable with coconut oil. Following this step, I take 3-5 chicken bouillon cubes and crush them into a coarse like powder. I sprinkle the chicken bouillon powder over the cauliflower. This vegetable then gets baked in a conventional oven at 350 degrees for about 10-20 minutes or until the cauliflower is slightly softened. That’s it! My family LOVES it! More importantly, they all eat it! You can also use lemon essential oil from a trusted source to liven this side dish up as well. Just be sure that the essential oil you choose to use can be taken internally. Here is a more formal recipe below.
1 head of cauliflower
3-5 Chicken Bouillon Cubes crushed into a coarse powder (I use McCormick’s)
5-6 Tablespoons Coconut Oil or Butter
3-4 drops Lemon Essential Oil
*optional, can add pepper to taste
Follow directions above in this post...
So that’s how I get my kids to eat their vegetables with three simple ingredients! Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions, or questions. I would love to hear about how you get your kids to get vegetables they find unappetizing. As always. . .
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