Somebody has to eat all the manly foods. I mean, it is pretty impossible to steer clear of the burgers, pizza and beer, even for Dads that cook. It is what fills our growling stomachs and satisfies our appetite for protein. Well, protein and grease. But all of that manly men food is for men, like us. It sure isn’t for the kids.
You know that feeling. The feeling that washed over you the first time you met your young child. All of a sudden, it was real. You had someone that leaned on you for protection. And now it is your turn to protect your kids from that manly food. As Dads that cook, we want to give our children the best nutrition possible.
The Battle of the Vegetable
Kids crave super sweet and processed foods. And if you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile. You know that if they had it their way, they’d get by on a steady diet of fruit snacks and mac and cheese. Perhaps, they’d mix in a slice of pizza or two.
That’s when the primal fatherly instinct takes over. We are pushed by our very DNA to get nutrition into our children. And we’ve all been there. We’ve pleaded with them rationally, we’ve held the TV hostage and we’ve dangled dessert as incentive, all so that they will eat those vegetables. And sometimes, you have to take matters into your own hands. You need to step up and be the man of the house. You need to trick them into eating their veggies.
The Project is Made with Love
The good news is that your deception can actually turn into a bonding experience. It was once said that love is like solving a problem together. And since us Dads are a bit new to the kitchen, why not invite the kids in on the project in order to solve the problem together. Fortunately, this problem is pretty easy to solve. And you shouldn’t burn the house down in the process.
Brussels Sprout Chips
Brussels sprouts are green, leafy, nutritious and high in fiber. They are also kryptonite for kids. But you can get those nutrition bombs into your kids by making them into crispy, good-for-you chips. Here’s how:
Crank the oven up to 350 degrees. Use a paring knife to cut the bottom tip off of 10 sprouts and the outer leaves will fall off. Cut a bit more and more leaves fall off. De-leaf all the sprouts into a bowl and toss with one tablespoon of olive oil. Toss the raw chips onto a rimmed baking sheet and pop into the 350-degree oven for 10 minutes. Bam! Delicious nutrition. For more ways to have fun with your kids in the kitchen, head over to DadsThatCook.com.