My final guest post comes from Ann of Sacatomato, another fantastic Sacramento food blog that features everything from recipes to local food events. Ann, a culinary consultant, is also the author of the cookbook, Hands-off Cooking. As a mom to an adorable, rambunctious three-year-old, she seemed like the perfect person to tackle yet another dilemma about which many of you have emailed me: how to feed your little ones good, healthy food without breaking the bank. Since my children are of the four-legged, furry variety, my experience with finicky human eaters has been fairly slim. So it was great to get a recipe written from a working mom’s perspective for this post.
What I love about Ann’s approach is that she doesn’t believe in “hiding” vegetables & other healthy foods from kids. As a child who was encouraged to try everything (which I thank my parents for daily), I developed a love for almost all foods, and I think it’s great that more parents are giving their children this same opportunity. And though it’s not always easy because some kids really are just that picky, the way Ann tackles this in the following recipe is just fabulous. Let’s take a look at this kid and adult-friendly recipe…
Thanks, Kimberly, for asking me to guest post here! I’m usually over at Sacatomato and Sacramento News & Review, where I write about my adventures in eating. As the overscheduled and budget-conscious mom of a small child, I’m always trying to think of ways to cook quick meals that are also nutritious and affordable. Years as a recipe developer have helped build this skill, and I can usually pull something together from the pantry items I keep on hand, plus whatever is in my garden or comes in my bi-weekly CSA box.
These enchiladas came about one summer because my husband loves Tex-Mex food and we had a garden full of zucchinis threatening to turn into baseball bats. I had some family coming to visit, and there would be five kids of varying ages. I needed to serve something that I could make ahead and have ready quickly. I’m not a big fan of hiding vegetables to fool children since I think they’ll be much happier if they know the veggies are there and they still like them. So I made up a double batch of these enchiladas and stashed them in the fridge. Before dinner, I slid them into the oven to heat through and dinner was done! (Also a good plan for your moving day, Kimberly.)
While my own child flatly refused to eat this cheesy deliciousness, all the other kids loved them—even
knowing they were eating zucchini. I leave the skin on to provide extra fiber, but they cook so briefly
that the squash doesn’t have a chance to get even slightly slimy. Instead, they’re bathed in melty cheese
and chili gravy. Don’t opt-out if you’re nervous about spice–you can vary the heat level considerably
depending on the chili powder or ground chile that you choose. Remember that the spice will be
tempered a bit by the cheese as well. And even if you don’t have a passel of kids on hand, you should
make at least one whole batch, because it’s easy to eat five or six at one sitting!
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Thank you so much for this recipe, Ann! I’m definitely going to add this to my To Make a list, as it looks super tasty yet simple to prepare.
I’d also like to thank Catherine & Andrew, my other fabulous guest bloggers! Without all these awesome bloggers’ help, PGEW would have been a dismal little place as I finished this random, unplanned (but soooo much for the better) move. I hope that you’ve all enjoyed reading their posts as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you.
As for me, once my kitchen is all unpacked and have access to the interwebs again (four. more. grueling. days), I’ll be posting some new recipes! Stay tuned!