Posted by: briellethefirst | March 21, 2011

Blow The Birds Out of Your Little Trees!


Little Trees! Cat’s first regular food was broccoli, courtesy her brother. She was about 4 or 5 months old and playing on her blanket while we ate dinner. We didn’t notice when Sean dropped some broccoli over the side of his high chair and ‘shared’ some of his with her. When we finished and I got up from the table she had a floret stub in each hand and a smile sprinkled with green. Unlike a certain US president and a few odd family and friends I’ve never had trouble getting my kids to eat broccoli. I just called them little trees and told them to blow the little birds out before they ate it. I suppose the herbed butter or cheese sauce may have helped, but even sans topping they still ate it. When I tried the little birds thing with my grand kids they just gave me funny looks, but cheese, butter and threats of no desert got them to eat it and now that they’re used to it they eat it right up…usually.

For cheese sauce start by melting/heating 2Tbsp butter or olive oil in a saucepan. Add 2 Tbsp flour and mix it up until it just starts to tan. Slowly add 1/2 c milk while whisking vigorously to keep it smooth. If it gets too thick (and it will) add more milk a little bit at a time so it’s like a thin gravy. Add 1 c cheese and stir to melt. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Pour over the veggie or pasta of your choice. Of course you can use low-fat milk or half and half if you like, you can also try different cheeses or a mixture of cheeses and alter the seasoning as you like. When you’re the cook you’re in charge. Yes, you might feel bad about eating something with fat in it but the nice thing it’s fresh, no extra chemicals and you control the ingredients so have fun and enjoy your vegetables!

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