I resisted. I did NOT follow the recipe. I did NOT put cauliflower in the mashed potatoes!
They still didn't like them, but hey, I'm learning.
One of the plans that I have in place to attempt to make the "What's for dinner?" question easier to answer at 5:15pm is a weekly "menu".
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: um, what's in the fridge?
Of course, this is all flexible. Soup frequently means grilled cheese and tomato soup, or sometimes chili. Chicken is most often chicken nuggets, but occasionally my husband makes baked or grilled chicken...which as you can imagine, is less popular with the littles. Monday used to be Mexican...but it turns out that as much as #4 loves beans, they do not love her back!
Knowing that tonight was chicken, I asked #3 what she wanted with dinner, and she said mashed potatoes. So, what do I do? Do I mash potatoes? Nope, I get out the cookbook. (Dun dun DUN!)
Tonight's fail manual: Kid Favorites Made Healthy. The recipe: Veggie Mash. The objectionable ingredient: carrot. As I said, the recipe also called for cauliflower, but knowing that I can't even hide cauliflower in cake...yeeeeaaaah.
Now, I didn't have any real potatoes (well, I did, but they were sprouty, ew!) so I substituted instant. Also, the recipe called for sour cream, but I used Greek yogurt. This is actually a permanent substitution in our house. Plain Greek yogurt actually tastes very similar to sour cream, but it is much healthier! Lots of protein, calcium, plus active cultures.
The carrots I steamed and mashed, mixed everything together, and added a blob of margarine. Here was the result:
Quotes from the kiddos:
#1: Um, it's ok. Did you use the fake potatoes? (Busted!)
#2: I like it! Well, sort of. It would be better with more butter. And no carrots. And more salt.
#3: [Me: Do you like your potatoes?] Yes. [Me: Can you please use your fork?] No.
#4: [Sits down, takes one look, aaaaand...] Not that!
So the result is: