The first meal was meatloaf (with carrots) and mashed potatoes (with cauliflower). Now here is what I had to laugh about...both of those things are items of food my children normally hate...self sabotage much. Really what was I thinking? BUT they loved it. Jack actually ate meat that was not hiding in a crescent roll AND he took several bites of the mashed potatoes...pretty sure that is a first. Cole tried it, I knew he would because he always tries something once...BUT he kept eating. YEAH! I was glowing with happiness and pride at the dinner table as I watched in amazement my children inhaling nutritional food. Both Spencer and I were very pleasantly surprised (Spencer more so because this might be the first time I had made meatloaf since we got married).
So with one success under my belt I decided to attempt another recipe a couple of nights later. This time it was Aloha Chicken (Cole immediately said, "Hello Chicken, that is funny"). This time the purees used were, both sweet potato and pineapple. It was a fairly simple recipe and I just paired it up with brown rice. I had everything on the plates and on the table and kids firmly seated. I again was questioning if this would work. Did I just get lucky the first time? Would I even like it? As I headed to the table I noticed that where the chicken had been on Jack's plate, it was no more. At first I figured he had thrown it on the floor, but his bulging cheeks and exaggerated chewing confirmed a victory! Woohoo! It had worked again. Cole even insisted on eating his right off the skewer, not even letting us cut it up. Again I was feeling pretty happy.
So, yes this concept works, and no nothing was too difficult. I don't plan on making every dinner with my purees (in fact last night I am pretty sure I put meat back into a crescent roll), but it is doable several times a week. Hey why wouldn't I...the kids scarf it down, I am getting veggies into them, AND I get a beaming smile of appreciation and admiration from my hubby at each new recipe (okay not just then, but it is nice!). Next on the list...meatball soup!