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.



  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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