Sunrise Sammie

Searching for a savory way to start your day? Yeah, we thought so.

Who doesn't love a protein-packed breakfast in the morning?  We thought so.  We've put together the perfect combination of eggs, cheese and meat and crafted a delectable dish just for you and the kiddos.

Total Time: 10-15 Minutes

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

4 English Muffins

4 Eggs or Frozen Egg Patties

1 Box Mom Made Beef & Cheddar Meatballs, cut in half

1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Instructions:

Cook Mom Made meatballs as instructed on box. Scramble, or heat frozen eggs patties. Toast English muffins then top with cooked scrambled egg or egg patty. Place halved meatballs on eggs. Top with cheddar cheese. Heat in oven or toaster oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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10 years, 10 things we’re thankful for at Mom Made Foods

Ten years of gratitude

We’ve been reflecting a lot this year over how far we’ve come the last decade and the special something about this journey…

1.     Active and adventurous kids

It all started with the kiddos and our desire to bring them up eating the freshest and healthiest meals possible. They bring vibrancy into our lives every day, and every meal is a chance for them to grow and be nourished and strengthened for the big world in front of them.

2.     Motivated and inspired parents

Getting those smiling and happy kids on the right path doesn’t happen by itself.  We’re grateful for the moms and dads out there that share in our vision for helping kids of all sizes to eat better and healthier.

3.     Freezing

The good ol’ freezing process has been Mom Made Foods’ close ally since the beginning. Freezing is the preservative that makes it possible to deliver healthy snacks and meals to kids without sacrificing time or quality ingredients.

4.     The Healthy Eating Movement

The desire to have our kids eat better is shared by far more than just Mom Made Foods. We’re grateful for the community of businesses and enterprises who share in the belief that healthy eating and healthy kids is a cause that we all should support.

5.     Healthy ingredients

From the early morning aromas that encircle you during a stroll through a weekend farmer’s market to the smells that emanate from the stovetop and oven on a cool fall evening, we’re grateful for fresh fruits, vegetables and meats and the suppliers who bring them our way.

6.     Recipes that inspire

We’re inspired by the recipes we grew up loving, and we hope to impart similar lasting memories with our kiddos.

7.     The Mom Made team

Just like healthy eating is a movement on a grand scale, Mom Made Foods is the product of endless effort by amazing individuals with a spectrum of talents that have helped propel us forward.

8.     Our retail partners

We’re proud of the grocery chains and stores that are committed to providing healthy and convenient options for kids in the frozen aisle. Albertsons, Central Market, Fry’s, HEB, Hy-Vee, King Soopers, Kroger, Safeway, Smith’s, Wegmans, Whole Foods Market and more are helping change the way our children eat for the better. 

9.     Dedicated partners

We are indebted to more than just those who wear the Mom Made emblem on their shirts for getting our products on the shelves. We are thankful for the expertise our sales brokers, suppliers and other partners who are helping spread the word and making it possible to reach a wider audience every day.

10.  Growth

From a cooler at a farmer’s market to thousands of stores across the country, we are grateful for how Mom Made Foods has grown. The more kids eat healthy and the more parents that have nutritious and convenient options at their fingertips, the better. Let’s keep it going!

Bumpy Bread

Make cheese toast more fun ... make Bumpy Bread!

Kids love tasty and simple.  That's just what we've got for you today with our Bumpy Bread recipe.  This dish was inspired by the 6-year old daughter of our very own head honcho. Enjoy!

Time: less than 10 Minutes

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients:

2 Slices Whole Wheat Bread

6 Mom Made Turkey or Beef & Cheese Meatballs, cut in half

2 Slices Cheddar or American Cheese

Instructions:

Heat Mom Made Meatballs as instructed on box. Cut meatballs in half and lay on two slices of bread. Lay one slice of cheese on top of meatballs on each piece of bread. Melt cheese in oven or toaster over until melted as desired. Serve with your favorite fruit or veggie garnish.

Find Mom Made Meatballs in a freezer near you.

Chicken & Waffles on a Stick

A Southern-inspired kid's meal

Looking for a way to combine our Chicken & Apple Meatballs Bites with waffles?  We crafted this Mom Made original that will have the kiddos asking for seconds!

Cook Time: 3-4 Minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

1 (8 oz.) boxes Mom Made Chicken & Apple Meatball Bites
24 Mini Frozen Waffles
1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup

Directions:

Cook Mom Made Chicken & Apple Meatball Bites & toast waffles as directed on box. Spear meatball, waffle, meatball, waffle and repeat until all ingredients are used. Drizzle maple syrup on skewers or pour syrup into cup to dip. Enjoy!

For more fun recipes on a stick, click here.

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Meatball Tacos or Mini Taco Appetizers

Taco Night Made Easy by Mom Made

Kiddos and adults, all love tacos, right? BUT tacos can be messy. Well, we've got your solution.  Make some tacos or taco bites with our tasty and healthy meatballs and you're well on your way to a kid-friendly meal with half the work!

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 3 Minutes

Construction Time: 5-10 Minutes

Total Time: 15-20 Minutes

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

8 Taco Shells or 1 Bag of Scoop Chips

1 Box Beef & Cheese Mom Made Meatballs

1 cup Lettuce, shredded

1 Jar Salsa

1 C Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Cilantro, additional veggies, guacamole or sour cream optional.

Instructions:

Heat Mom Made Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites according to directions on box. Place lettuce and salsa in taco shells or scoops. Position meatballs on top of lettuce and salsa. Top off with cheddar cheese. 

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Five Tips: Making After-School Dinners Easier

Eat healthy, stay on budget, strive to thrive

back to school

With school starting super soon (if it hasn't already), we’d be remiss if we told you we weren’t in full BTS mode here at Mom Made's HQ. So to help keep our cool – and keep our family life on track – we created a few tips and tricks for getting a healthy meal on the table that won’t break the bank, and – depending on where you live – have almost everything on your shopping list delivered right to your door. Instead of waiting in line at the store, hanging out at red lights or piling all the kids in the car, you can relax, grab a glass of wine and spend some quality time with the kiddos before homework quickly eclipses these warm summer nights.

Tip 1 – Make your list ahead of time

Know exactly what you need before you head to the store. Pen and paper seem to be our tried and true method of note taking, but list making apps are super great too! Shelf Scouter and Any List are two of our favorites.

Tip 2 – Use online coupons!

Apps like Shrink are designed to hold your favorite product coupons in your phone, and reward you when you buy – no clipping required! There’s also some Mom Made coupons in the Shrink app (hint, hint).

Tip 3 – Meal plan

Take 30 minutes at some point during the week(end) and plan out what you’ll have for dinner that week. Our founder, Heather, swears by a meal planning weekly subscription with The Six O'Clock Scramble. Whether you create a spreadsheet with ingredients, recipes and the like, Pinterest boards of awesome crockpot dishes, or let the Scramble's service do it for you, you’ll breathe easier knowing that you have a few ideas when the week starts and the family inevitably asks “what’s for dinner?” or schedules have to be moved around because a soccer game is the same time as ballet rehearsal!

Tip 4 – Order online

Take advantage of online shopping to get your groceries delivered right to your door! Instacart and Amazon Pantry offer door to door service without getting off the couch. Fresh veggies, fruits, meats, pastas, sauces, and more are all available – often at the same price as your regular store. You’ll have more time to spend with the family, and no one tugging on you at the checkout line for those pesky M&Ms that just happen to be at eye level.

Tip 5 – Get the kiddos involved

Every chef needs a sous chef right? Let the little ones belly up to the kitchen counter and teach them the finer art of slicing and dicing veggies, rolling out dough, measuring flour and layering up lasagna. Classic dishes like meatloaf will really get their hands dirty (be sure to wash hands afterwards!) and baking cookies will make even the sourest of homework frowns turn upside down. Since older kids can handle some chores they can help with cleanup and setting the kitchen table. Give mini chefs a different job each night, so they get the full range of what it really means to be on Chopped Junior! Eat healthy, stay on budget, strive to thrive.

Eating Healthy

Thoughts from an 11-year old.  Why eat healthy foods? 

My name is Emory and I'll soon be starting 6th grade. I love to play soccer, ride my bike, swim, play with my friends, do triathalons and I also love to cook. 

I believe eating healthy is one of those things that everyone needs to do. I have always been eating healthy, so that I grow more. One of the reasons I love eating healthy is because of all the happiness it brings.

Usually after I have a good meal I think, ”WOW this feels really good”, or sometimes after I eat a lot of candy I feel, ”Ohh I can’t eat any more.” Which feeling would you pick? I think that I would pick eating the healthy food, which is always the better choice.

As I get older, I have started to learn more about the world happening around me, and one of those things is that so many people don't eat healthy foods. Growing up with a mom that has an organic food business I have always been eating healthy. The majority of the food in our house is organic. Since I have been eating healthy foods for so long I learned to like them a lot. I love to eat fruit and vegetables, they are two of my favorite snacks. Fruits and vegetables are the best things to eat, they give you all the right nutrition that your body needs to stay healthy. 

Mom Made on Instacart

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Gone are the days when grocery shopping was a time consuming trip to the store with screaming or sleepy kiddos. Now Mom Made and all your other favorite products can be delivered straight to your door in an hour. An hour, friends.

Instacart sends one of their trained shoppers to your local grocery store so you can stay home, stay at the game, or just stay out of the store!  Did we mention Instacart has exclusive Mom Made coupons on their site? You're welcome :-)

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Mom Made Caprese Meatball Skewers

Serves: 4

Prep Time:  Max 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

These mini meatball skewers are perfect for summer. Made with fresh basil, mozzarella, olive oil and cherry tomatoes making it an easy dinner, fabulous addition to the picnic basket, party appetizer or potluck barbeque staple.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package of Mom Made Italian Style Beef Meatball Bites
  • 15 ripe red tomatoes
  • 15 ripe yellow tomatoes
  • 15 small fresh mozzarella balls
  • 15 basil leaves
  • 15 small wooden skewers
  • 3 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • Dash of kosher salt
  1. In a large microwavable bowl, heat the Mom Made Meatballs according to directions on the box.
  2. Assemble tomatoes, basil, mozzarella bites and Meatball Bites on a skewer.
  3. Drizzle them with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add a pinch of kosher salt
  4. Serve warm, cold or room temperature.

Back to School with Mom Made & Lunchskins!

BTS Tips for a Healthy Lunchtime 

Don’t just get back to school, get Back to You! Both Mom Made Foods and Lunchskins are committed to making Back to School easy, healthy, and eco-friendly.

With Back to School on the horizon, we know you’re already experiencing sleepless nights over packing lunches. Lunchbox and snack-bag woes abound at this time of year… but fear not! Lunchskins and Mom Made Foods are here with our parent-approved, super simple tips to avoid the packed lunch blues all year long.

Go Reusable & Eco-Chic

This Back to School season, go eco-chic! Kiss disposable plastic good-bye forever by investing in stylish reusable bags, bottles, cutlery, and containers. In just one shopping trip, you’ll make a difference… and give your grocery bill a well-deserved break!

Plan (and Pack) Ahead

Who else has nearly gotten frostbite from 7:30 a.m., “what do I pack?” refrigerator exposure? Keep the cold at bay by planning and packing ahead the night (or even the week) before. Keep it simple by planning on leftovers when cooking and put those reusable containers to work to store leftovers (both frozen and fridge-worthy) and cut up fruits or veggies for grab-and-go lunch and snack packs.

Get Inspired

Sick of the same old PB&J day after day? Pinterest has you covered with thousands of bento box, kabob, and deconstructed sandwich inspirations to satisfy your midday cravings. Follow your favorite food, mom, and family blogs on Instagram for creative ideas and easy recipes to keep the kids fed and your sanity in check! And don't forget - you can find us at @mommadefoods and @lunchskins on Instagram and Pinterest for mommy inspiration.

Get the Kids Involved

Nothing builds confidence and independence in kids than encouraging them to get involved in day-to-day tasks. Make packing lunch and snack part of their daily routine by stocking up on family-friendly, good-for-you favorites to create a “lunch packing station” on your kitchen counter. Your kids will develop healthy habits for life… and save you the headache of last-minute sandwich-making.

Grab a 20% discount and free shipping with code "3GM20." AND -- now through September 30th (or until supplies run out), Lunchskins will include a free mini zip Lunchskins ($6 value) with any $25+ purchase on the website. 

Have a yummy recipe, clever lunchbox tip, or stylish school supplies pic you’d love to share? Post on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with #Back2You to show us how you get back to school in fresh, green fashion.BTS

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Mushroom Meatball Stroganoff

"Russian" to fix dinner? Try Mom Made's Meatball Stroganoff!

A rich gravy of caramelized mushrooms, onions, dill infused cream, and beef sauce tops warm and juicy Mom Made Turkey Meatball Bites served with just-cooked egg noodles.

Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 10-12 minutes   Total Time: 25-27 minutes

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients:

1 (8 oz.) box Mom Made Turkey Meatball Bites

2 cups Button mushrooms, quartered

2 Tbsp. Butter

1 each Onion, sliced

1 Tbsp. All Purposed Flour

1 cup Beef broth

2 cups Heavy cream

2 Tbsp. Dill, chopped

To taste Salt & pepper

4 cups Cooked egg noodles, keep warm

Instructions:

In a sauté pan, brown the mushrooms in butter with the onion, sprinkle on the flour & continue to sauté until the flour is absorbed, season lightly with salt and pepper.

Add the beef stock and heavy cream cook 7 to 10 minutes on medium heat, or until reduced by ½.

Add the Mom Made Turkey Meatball Bites and chopped dill.  Cook for another 5 minutes, adjust seasoning as necessary.

Plate the noodles and top with the stroganoff sauce.  Yum!

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I Plea, You Plea, We All Plea for Gluten Free!

Mom Made Gluten-Free Cheesy Mac Highlighted by Celiac Disease Foundation

After many months of developing a great-tasting gluten-free noodle, we are pleased to announce that our first gluten-free product is featured in the Celiac Disease Foundation's marketplace.  Our Gluten-Free Cheesy Mac is available for purchase directly from Amazon or click here to find a Kroger, Dillon, King Soopers, Fry's, Ralphs, or Smith's carrying this item in the freezer aisle near you.

Enjoy!

"Grilled Cheese" Kabobs

Do your kids love grilled cheese? We've got a new "grilled cheese" kabob we know your kids will enjoy making by themselves then gobble up with a smile.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes      

Cook Time: 3 Minutes      

Total Time: ~15 Minutes

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

2 (8 oz.) boxes Mom Made Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites
12 1x1 in. squares of Italian Bread
12 cubes cheddar cheese
12 cherry tomatoes

Directions:

Cook Mom Made Beef & Cheese Italian Style Meatball Bites as directed on box.

Cut Italian bread slices into 1x1 in. squares.

Cut cheddar cheese into desirably sized cubes.

Rinse cherry tomatoes.

Spear bread square, cheese block, meatball, and cherry tomato in that order until all ingredients are used.

Serve on platter with side of ketchup. Enjoy!

For more fun recipes on a stick, click here.

Hawaiian Meatball Skewers

Frozen meatballs never looked so yummy!

Looking for a tasty summer meal?  Look no further, we've got a Hawaiian Meatball recipe you'll make again and again!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes       Cook Time: 12-15 Minutes       Total Time: 25 Minutes

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 (8 oz.) boxes Mom Made Chicken and Apple Meatball Bites
  • 1 cup Pineapple, chopped into 1/2" cubes (as desired)
  • 2/3 cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Water
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. Cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne (as desired)

Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water to make a slurry, set aside

In a medium saucepan, combine pineapple juice, rice vinegar, brown sugar, tomato paste, soy sauce and cayenne (if using) ~ bring to a boil over medium heat

Stir in cornstarch slurry and cook until thickened, about 1-2 minutes

Remove from heat and use immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks

In a large saucepan, combine cooked sauce, pineapple, and Mom Made Chicken Apple Meatball Bites; heat gently until hot, approximately 5-6 minutes

Serve with white steamed rice and cucumber slices or on skewers (as pictured)

*Do Ahead or Delegate: Prepare the sauce and refrigerate

*Optional: Add both fresh green onion and sesame seeds to garnish the meatballs

Pack Up and Snack Up!

Whether you’re heading to the Grand Canyon or the beach this summer, road trips never seem to be as fun as the destination. There’s the hassle of packing everything up and making sure the kids are entertained. But it doesn't have to be that way! We’ve put together our top five tips to make your family road trip more enjoyable.

Tip 1: Backpacks Aren’t Just For School

Have each child help you fill their backpack with some of their favorite activities like coloring books, colored pencils, electronics, a journal and their favorite toys. Getting the kids involved with the packing will get everyone excited for the upcoming trip.

Tip 2: Snack On

According to a survey from “Choice Hotels” and “FamilyFun” magazine, 73% of families consider snacks to be the #1 way to keep kids happy on road trips. Be sure to pack an abundance of healthy snacks so you’re not stopping every 30 minutes for junk food.  With Mom Made’s Cheese Pizza Munchies, road trip snacks are easy and fun. Before hitting the road, wrap up the Munchies in a paper towel and heat for 60 seconds in the microwave. Then wrap it in tin foil for easy travel. Pack a cooler or bag of snacks like washed fruit and fill up the water bottles with H2O!

Tip 3: Power Up

The last thing you want is to hit the highway and realize that the electronics are low on battery. Also stock up at the library with books on tape and books for the car. Nothing like a “new” book for a child. Make sure to have all the electronics at full power and loaded with fun games, audio books, and movies for the drive. There are tons of apps out there that are great to keep the kids entertained while on the road. Check out “RoadTripBingo” and “A Family Matters” applications. “RoadTripBingo” allows kids to look for hundreds of things while you drive. See who can fill up their card first! “A Family Matters” is a great way to communicate with your children not just in the car, but around the dinner table and while waiting in line.

Tip 4: Play the “Old Fashioned” Games

Play the license plate game. Have a sing-a-long. Create a scavenger hunt - give each child a list of items to watch for while driving and have a prize for the child who completes it first. Count. Count red cars, black cars, police cars, animals, etc. Play the alphabet game with famous people, ie A = Amelia Earhart, B = Big Bird, etc, and talk about who these folks are as you name them. Play with aluminum foil – give each child a sheet of aluminum foil and have them make an animal, a mask, etc. Practice a foreign language. For more fun game ideas, click here http://www.momsminivan.com/bigkids.html

Tip 5: Give Them a Job

Keep the kiddos engaged by giving them a job to do every time you stop. Kids will love the responsibility of being the “Squeegee Master” or the “Cleaning Captain.” At every rest stop and gas station, have one person be in charge of cleaning the windows and the other clear out the car of any trash. Have kids switch roles every two or three stops to keep things fun.

How do you keep your kids entertained? What are your go-to snacks when you travel? Happy trails!

Munchie on a plate
Munchie on a plate

RECIPE: Peachy Salmon

Heather, our founder, made this delicious meal on TLC a while back. The recipe is simple, easy and healthy and perfect for a summer meal. 

Peachy Salmon

Prep Time: Max. 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of fresh salmon
  • Four fresh peaches
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Dash of sea salt

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350̊F.
  • Peel and slice peaches, place in a baking dish around the salmon.
  • In a separate bowl, combine rice vinegar, honey, olive oil and salt, and top salmon and peaches with sauce.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes (until the fish flakes when poked with a fork).

Serve this with your favorite sides or try it with the healthy sides that Heather made. Enjoy!

family meal
family meal

RECIPE: Sautéed Green Beans and Yellow Squash

Need a colorful, healthy side recipe made with fresh produce from the farmer's market? It goes REALLY well with Peachy Salmon or with Hot Meatball Subs for a simple dinner. 

Sautéed Green Beans and Yellow Squash

Ingredients:

  • Fresh yellow squash, 2-3, large
  • Fresh string beans, 2 handfuls
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Garlic clove, pressed or diced

Directions:

  • Wash and chop the squash and green beans.
  • Add olive oil to sauce pan over medium heat. Add fresh garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add squash and green beans and cook for 5-8 minutes until beans are bright green and squash is tender.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Did you know Mom Made products are found in freezer aisles nation-wide? Click here to find a store carrying Mom Made products near you. 

 A Mom Made favorite!

A Mom Made favorite!

Zoodles and Meatballs

Mom Made's dishing out our Top 10 Favorite recipes to put on your dinner table! We've teamed up with Cucina Antica to bring you this fabulous zoodles recipe! Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Sauce:

Zoodles:

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 6 medium zucchini, spiralized
  • 2 medium carrots, spiralized

Directions:              

  • For the sauce, place Cucina Antica sauce and Mom Made meatballs in a saucepan and simmer 15-20 minutes.
  • For the zoodles, add the olive oil, zucchini, and carrot pasta in a separate saucepan and sauté for 5 - 10 minutes, until desired tenderness is achieved.
  • Separate pasta on four separate plates and top with sauce and meatballs. Enjoy!

Notes: Fresh zucchini will often lose moisture as the zucchini pasta cooks so be sure to drain any liquid that has built up in the pan. The recipe serves well as a leftover, but be sure to drain any excess moisture released by the zucchini before serving again.

Ask the Nutritionist: Help! My Son Won't Eat Veggies!

My 7 year old son eats NO veggies, and hasn't since he threw up all his peas and his dinner in Kindergarten. I tried smoothies, raw carrots and edamame, which he refused and then puked up. It's all drama and a gag reflex, and incredibly hard not to be so mad, yell, etc. I obviously did something wrong when he was little, and now I am stuck. Any book suggestions, or advice would be much appreciated : ) Thank you!

I *totally* know what you mean! When my daughter was around 6 or 7 months old, a well-meaning babysitter gave her spoonful after spoonful of avocado (one of the few solid foods I had introduced to her at that time) until she threw them up. For a long time, she wouldn’t touch avocados. But she did eat other vegetables and fruits and generally had a balanced diet so I didn’t push it.

My best advice to you is: relax. What your son is doing is totally normal for kids his age. It doesn’t sound as though he has any swallowing problems, since you’ve introduced all kinds of tastes and textures, and it’s only vegetables he’s refusing. If you really want to be sure you can ask your MD for a referral to a therapist specializing in swallowing issues. What you have here is a classic case of a power struggle. The more you pressure, the more he will rebel, and the more he rebels the more frustrated you get…and the result is an out-of-control spiral.

Here’s how to get you and your family back on track: know your roles. According to Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibilities (www.ellynsatter.com), it is a parent’s job to provide what, when and where to eat. It is the child’s job to decide how much and – yes – whether to eat.  That is all. As a parent, don’t pressure, cajole, beg, barter or fight. Don’t give in to demands to fix something else just so he’ll eat something, nor give a snack later when he might be hungry after forgoing a meal. Calmly serve a plate, keep your eyes on your own plate, and when dinner is over, clear the plates.

Easier said than done, I know. But bite your tongue, stay strong, and trust that he will go back to exploring and perhaps accepting vegetables as part of his diet. According to experts, it takes anywhere from 8-20 exposures to a food before a person accepts it (notice that I didn’t say “like” it – but rather tries it and makes a firm decision about whether the food is something they will eat or something they truly do not like). Other tips that help increase acceptance of a food:

  • Serve the same food in different ways. Perhaps he hates raw baby carrots but likes cooked round carrot slices, or julienned carrots in salads.
  • Serve it with something he likes. Maybe mashed potatoes aren’t so bad when they’re on a plate next to slices of lean flank steak.
  • Be liberal with toppings, sauces and sides. Broccoli alone may be “meh” to your son, but topped with melted 2% cheddar cheese or dipped in ranch dressing – yeah!
  • Be a role model yourself. All of your efforts may be thwarted if your spouse or another person your son looks up to refuses to eat his or her vegetables – or worse – badmouths vegetables and calls them “yucky.”

I personally am opposed to “hiding” vegetables in foods, since it only reinforces the notion that vegetables need to be endured and not enjoyed. But if you’re really concerned about the quality of your child’s diet, and if he isn’t getting adequate vitamins and fiber from fruits or other healthy foods, then incorporating vegetables into cooked foods is an OK option. One of the reasons I like Mom Made Foods is that while the veggies are baked into the munchies and sides, you can also see the individual veggies (the peas in the Cheesy Mac) and taste the distinct flavors (like celery in the Turkey Meatballs).

For what it’s worth, I think you’re doing all the right things by being so concerned about your son’s health and nutrition!

If you have a question for our nutritionist, please contact us.