Testiclese is the Terminator when it comes to trying new things. It may have helped that I told him that eating more vegetables would make him catch up to his older brother sooner.
This was only reinforced on our recent trip to Jamaica where they were asked if they were twins about twenty times a day.
Loony and I always responded the same way, “Naw, we just give the younger one more food.”
Hopefully this won’t show up on Scrotus’s therapy chair in the future.
But for the record, we don’t feed Testy more, he just eats better!
Siblings like to find ways to distinguish themselves from each other and not always in ways that the most advantageous for them. Evidently Scrotus is the one who doesn’t like new things and Testiclese is the one who does. What are you going to do?
Testiclese backed himself into a corner with his omnivorousness on New Year’s Eve with the Cushies when he was six.
The adults were enjoying oyster and crab legs and he expressed an interest in giving them a try.
Are you sure? Okaaay.
We didn’t even have the cocktail sauce to mask the flavor, just the very traditional and austere mignonette to go with it (champagne vinegar and shallots).
He put the oyster in his mouth and proceeded to chew and chew and chew.
“You don’t have to chew it that much, sweetie! Just swallow it.”
He gulped it down with a grimace and I asked him how he liked it.
Such tact! He didn’t get it from me.
My second child’s enthusiasm for strange foods notwithstanding, I am always looking for ways to jam more vegetables into their diet, especially if they can replace lower quality foods.
Potatoes and cauliflower go great together all mashed up and most people don’t realize they’ve fallen victim to the old bait and switch.
The main difference is that mashed cauliflower and potatoes is silkier and creamier than the just potato version. No one ever complains about that. Add some sautéed baby kale and you’ve got a rock star meal.
It’s easy to do.
Take equal amounts of potatoes and cauliflower. Peel and cut the potatoes into large cubes. Break the cauliflower into pieces. You want the cauliflower to get super soft so make them smaller than the potatoes.
If you are feeling really crazy, go one part potatoes, one part sweet potatoes, and two parts cauliflower. You’ll be going totally nuts on nutrient dense food.
Put into a pot with salted water that covers the veggies about half way. You want to use the cooking water for mashing rather than discarding all that great, vitamin packed cooking liquid.
Partially cover with lid and boil.
Stir every now and then and check to make sure the liquid doesn’t boil off completely and burn, but you do want the liquid to reduce.
When the potatoes are tender enough to mash and cauliflower is very soft (if cauliflower is undercooked, the end result will be grainy) Turn off the heat and pour off the cooking liquid and reserve for mashing.
Add a nice lump of butter or olive oil and puree with an immersion blender. Add cooking liquid if it needs it, season with salt and pepper. That’s right, you can make it vegan in a snap.
You can make it super-duper by sautéing chopped kale in an oil of your choosing with garlic, taking care not to let the garlic burn or else it will taste bitter.
After your potatoes are mashed, fold in the greens.
Serve in a handmade bowl that you fashioned yourself. Just kidding.
You could eat them alone and have a pretty satisfying and nutritious meal.
I personally like to bask in the smug satisfaction of knowing that I tricked my kids into eating more vegetables.