But where are the vegetables?


 Lasagne

A friend popped round the other evening to supervise my household in the evening time.  The instruction list I left included dinner - ‘mince and vegetables’.

I returned home to be told that the mince had been eaten in packman style, even by master one year old, but where were the vegetables?

Well, that was a great job of hiding the vegetables – there were 8 vegetables in the mince – grated carrot, beetroot, kumara, broccoli, potato, onion, mushroom and canned tomato.

‘Oh, that is a great idea,’ my friend stated.  ‘Except I don’t like mince so my children don’t have it.’  That’s not the first time I have heard a statement along those lines, and what a pity that is.  The younger children are introduced to new foods, the more likely they are to accept them.  And even the foods you as an adult don’t like, give them a go.  But make sure you role model. Or get your partner to eat with them.  Iron is so important at a young age.  And mince, gosh, the perfect meat to introduce to little ones as they start onto solids – it can be pureed to start with, and then offered as is when they are ready, and it of course, is great for adding other things to, especially vegetables.

It is good to have your little one eating what the rest of the family are eating (not to mention easier for you cooking), and mince dishes are generally meals that children can have quite early on.  Here are some tasty, easy meal ideas that the whole family will enjoy:
Moussaka
Moussaka

Lasagne

Lasagne

Classic Cottage Pie

Classic Cottage Pie