My kids have always loved their veggies. But only under certain conditions. Long ago, when they were younger, I developed this simple Child’s Guide to Vegetables to help me avoid mealtime rebellion.
1. Carrots must be raw, not cooked.
2. Broccoli must be cooked, not raw.
3. Celery must be 2 inches or longer, never chopped into small pieces.
4. Corn must be on the cob, never loose on the plate.
5. Tomatoes are evil, but ketchup is heavenly.
6. Beans are gross, while refried beans are delicious.
7. Green beans are tolerable by themselves, but disgusting when mixed with macaroni and cheese.
8. Peas are fun to eat, but if one gets smashed, the party’s over.
9. Mixing different vegetables together is forbidden, as it’s simply too much work sorting them out to eat individually.
10. Brussels sprouts. Are you insane?
None of these rules made much sense to me at the time, except for the one about brussels sprouts (yuck), but at least the kids ate their veggies in one form or another.
These days, as my son and daughter have grown into maturing teens, only a few of the rules still ring true.
I’ll just stay quiet on which ones.