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How in the world do I get Gabriel to eat vegetables? Except for French fries and the rare bite of sweet potato, I don't think he's had veggies in months. (At least not at home; I think he might eat the occasional snack of cucumbers and dip at day care.) I cooked carrots tonight and mixed in brown sugar and butter, AND I put extra sugar on them right in front of him, and all he did was lick off some of the sugar and refuse to eat the actual carrot! ARGH!
I'm at a loss, because his little brother eats anything I put in front of him, including veggies. I've tried mixing peas and/or carrots into mac & cheese, but he just picks them out. Same with pizza and quiche - if there's a veggie in it or on it, he'll pick it out.
For the most part mine will eat their veggies but some things still alude me. So I stuff them in meatloaf. I do a pint of mushrooms bell peppers tomatoes and onions in the food processor until they are basically liquified! The trick is the sweet pepper it completely masks the taste of the mushrooms! You can also do the new veggie pasta. You literally can't tell the difference in the taste of the pasta. Spaghetti sauce counts for a veggie too.
In the long run though your best bet is to just keep offering the veggies and make sure he takes at least 1 bite of it at ever meal. Eventually he will learn to like them it is just a matter of persistance, that and dessert. If you want that yummy cup cake you have eat those veggies all gone. The hard part is sticking to no veggies no dessert. But eventually he will eat them.
When my kids are starving and it's less than an hour to dinner, I'll put out some veggies for them. They moan a bit at first, but the bowl is always emptied.
We also recently discovered that James will eat pretty much anything if we throw it on the floor (something he also did in the early days). He even hands me food to throw for him to get. So maybe make eating veggies a bit of a game?
We also don't let them have dessert unless they eat most of their dinner (or all, in my DD's case). James understands that now, so it works pretty well. He sometimes cries about it, but he still eats to get the cookie at the end.