Tip of the day: Add zucchini or other vegetables to hamburger meat.
I get a lot of questions about hiding vegetables in kids food. My opinion on this trend as stated in a previous post is that as long as you are also serving vegetables with the meal, it’s OK to “increase the nutritional value” of a dish by adding vegetables to it. In fact, I would encourage it. Dr. Oz on Oprah commented that kids don’t care for the bitter taste of vegetables because they have so many more taste buds than adults. The key is to get them familiar and acquainted with vegetables so they will grow to like them.
So, I decided to take some shredded zucchini I had in the freezer from our garden this summer. I defrosted it, drained some of the excess water, and added it to some ground beef. It’s ideal to buy the leanest ground beef your budget can handle. I added a little flax meal and some seasoning and made hamburger patties.
Was it a success? Well, they ate it if that’s your definition of success. But after draining the water, there was a little under 1 cup of zucchini. When I make zucchini bread I use two cups, and they usually have several slices of zucchini bread. I put mushrooms, tomatoes, and lettuce on mine, while they prefer theirs on the side. I did point out to them that I was eating my vegetables on my hamburger instead of on the side, but tried not to make a big deal out of it. While Cereal boy and the flip flopper ate most of their burger without incident, ketchup boy’s ended up looking like this (last picture, no bun, just cut up meat with ketchup) and it still took him 3 hours to finish it. And the only reason he finished it was because he wanted a piece of licorice leftover from his grandma for Christmas.
P.S. Let’s not forget that potatoes are vegetables too! Mashed, baked, sliced and cooked. Potatoes are a good source of Vitamin C and potassium.