Monster Mash Meatloaves and Broccoli Swamp Fritters

monstermeatloaves13So I joined a kids cooking club, Raddish Kids, in another attempt to expand the girls’ self-limited diets.  Not sure what I was thinking; this has never gone well in the past.  In fact, I told a friend that when it comes to feeding my kids, I’m like that dumb little ant who thinks he can move a rubber tree plant; high hopes and all that.  I mentioned on Facebook the other day that neither of my children have even tasted a taco before and some people were aghast.  Yup.  Anyhow…  Raddish Kids will send us a box with 3 recipes each month, all very kid friendly and easy to read.  The box includes a kitchen tool, culinary skill, topics for fun dinner conversations, as well as other good info.  The premise is that kids are more likely to try/eat the foods which they have been involved in making.  Tonight I had the whole family join me in the kitchen for our first attempt at cooking dinner together.monstermealoaves01Holly and I worked on the meatloaf.  She was clearly nervous to stick her hands in there and get messy!monstermeatloaves02She could not quit laughing at how gross it felt.monstermeatloves03monstermeatloaves07Making the mini loaves.monstermeatloaves08monstermeatloaves09monstermeatloaves10Linlee and Rob worked on the swamp fritters.monstermeatloaves11Linlee was also a bit dubious about getting her hands messy, but she was a good sport.monstermeatloaves12monstermeatloaves14The mini meatloaves are topped with mashed sweet potatoes and the fritters are mixed with flour, parmesan, garlic and egg; both were really good.  The girls looked a little nervous to try out their work!monstermeatloaves18

And so what happened next?  Here is a picture of their plates after dinner:monstermeatloaves17Uh huh.  Gotta love my kids.  Holly’s plate is on the right.  You can see she ate a few bites of the meatloaf.  She did not like the broccoli or the sweet potatoes.  Linlee said she liked the olive eyes.  Ha!  After I put the camera away and started cleaning the kitchen, Rob actually got Linlee to eat a few bites of the meatloaf as well.  Linlee also did not like the sweet potatoes or the fritters (although she will happily eat raw broccoli).  The girls did a great job helping to prepare the meal, so that was fun.  Perhaps they will learn some solid cooking skills with these boxes even if they won’t eat the food.

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2 Comments

  1. Sarah

    What a great idea though, at least you can get credit for trying 🙂 They both look really good. I love Holly’s expressions when she was helping with the meat loaf :). Just keep trying and don’t give up, you just never know what will click in those beautiful heads 🙂 . Love y’all.

  2. Carolyn young

    Oh Colleen’s, you are funny with your food efforts!
    I do admire your efforts!
    I agree with holly about the hands on meatloaf mix–never got over that myself!
    What a photo history these girls will have!

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