I started out thinking I’d share a meal plan with you all and then, next week report back with the results of my family’s reaction and the ease of preparation. The ultimate goal being 3-5 more dishes I could add to my ‘Whip It Up’ quick dinner file. However, this morning I remembered my husband is in Los Angeles for the week and there’s nothing like cooking full meal for my kids and myself. Well there is something like it, something as irritating and pointless, like visiting the DMV.
Rather than torture myself, this week we’ll be eating a lot of plain pasta, cereal and other breakfast foods disguised as dinner.
I thought instead we could look at muffins! I’ve been having trouble packing lunches which are reasonably balanced and which the kids are able to consume in their limited lunch hours. The muffin could be the perfect food in this case because you can hide quite a bit of nutrition into just one.I decided to try this recipe because they’re full of things my kids enjoy eating already like raisins, carrots and apples. Plus this recipe hides some whole wheat flour and wheat germ in it.
The recipe called for shredded carrots and in an attempt to save time, since I don’t have a food processer, I bought these. The problem is these shredded carrots are a little more like match stick cut carrots. This did not bode well. But wait, it’s getting worse!
At this point it looks a little like meatloaf, but smells a lot sweeter. I consider jumping ship at this point because it looks really gross and I’m having a hard time believing anything resembling a muffin will come from this.
But then, something amazing happened.
They looked a lot like muffins, with no antennae-like carrots sticking out the top.
Next I had to give them to the kids and I expected some major resistance but as predicted their muffin-like appearance fooled the children into happily inhaling them, barely noting the vegetables co-mingling with the fruits.
These weren’t particularly difficult or time consuming to make, but if you’re pressed for time I don’t see this making a jump on the priority list. I’ve frozen two of them to see how well they defrost. If that works you could potentially make a double batch.
Next week find out if my kids ate this when I surprised them with it in their lunch boxes.