Sneaky Veggies

William is our second child and he by far has been the most difficult with food. On top of his dairy and egg allergies, he is also a picky eater and has decided that he is going to survive on chicken, hot dogs, corn, blueberries and cheerios. So I had to get sneaky…trick William in eating his veggies.
I twisted many of the recipes to fit our family’s dietary needs and snuck the veggies in. I promise you, your children will ask for seconds.
Surprise Veggie-Chicken Nuggets
1lb of chicken breast, cut up into nuggets
1 pouch or jar of baby food vegetable. (I personally like anything with sweet potato or carrots. If making your own puree, I usually do about 1 cup.)
1/2 cup of zucchini shredded
2 cups of panko breadcrumbs Italian style
1/2 cup of ground flax seeds  (Note: it is really easy to ground your own flax seeds, you can buy flax seeds at the grocery store and ground them in your blender or food processor. They can stay frozen up to two weeks.)
  1. Marinate chicken in the baby food or puree. I usually put the chicken in the puree in the morning and let it sit in the fridge all day.
  2. Preheat oven to 425° F
  3. Put zucchini, breadcrumbs, and ground flax seeds into a plastic bag.
  4. Put chicken in plastic bag with zucchini, breadcrumbs and flax seed mixture and shake it!
  5. Put coated chicken on baking sheet and cook for 20-25 min until crisp.
  6. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce!
 –Kim Fletcher, Parenting Program Volunteer

2 Responses to “Sneaky Veggies”

  1. 1 Anonymous May 31, 2011 at 7:57 am

    It is not easy to outsmart a picky eater, but I think you are on to something, Kim. Thanks for another great tip!

  2. 2 Sarah Jo May 31, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    What a great idea! And I already have some homemade puree from the food I make for my infant. Perfect!

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