December 12, 2012

Picky eater? Christmas lover? These nuggets are for you!

Last weekend I had a lot of time to chat with some moms from preschool while we attended back to back 4 year old birthday parties.  As most of us were coaxing our kids to take a break from the bouncy castles and eat something the topic of picky eaters naturally reared its head.

#Mealstogether Tyson chicken nugget reindeer with carrots and cauliflower

In some regards I consider myself lucky because Kayla will actually eat foods like salmon, broccoli and mango.  However, try to get her to eat a cherry tomato and she'll act as if you're asking her to eat an octopus....yep, she's dramatic!  This all got me thinking about how to get kids to try new foods and in particular vegetables.

#Mealstogether vegetables for food art

A While back I showed you my veggie fish and while it did the trick in our house of getting Kayla to eat her vegetables without any fuss, I had a few readers comment that it might take more than that to motivate their kids.  What I figure makes for a happy middle ground is a food that's familiar and kids love along with some new ones to try presented in a very fun and festive way.
#Mealstogether Tyson Chicken Nuggets at Sam's Club
So this week I took something that nearly all kids love - chicken nuggets and added some veggies to make some holiday food art that didn't involve marshmallows, chocolate and all things unhealthy for a change.

I started out with a trip to Sam's Club because I signed up to bring the chicken nuggets for Kayla's class party next week.   Between you and me,  I wanted to make sure the kids wound up eating the good one, like the all white meat ones from Tyson.  Shocking discovery at Sam's Club too...they now have organic raspberries.  I bought a huge container for under $5. I'm used to paying about $6 in my local grocery store for a teeny container so it looks like the warehouse clubs are getting with the times on the healthy eating movement!

#Mealstogether baked Tyson chicken nuggets from Sam's Club

Back at home I baked my chicken nuggets for about 12 minutes and got to work with the veggies.  The first thing that popped into my head was this broccoli Christmas tree.  I just cut up some broccoli and added ornaments with baby carrots and cherry tomatoes.  The star at the top?  It's a yellow bell pepper.  Then underneath the tree are some chicken nugget presents wrapped up with ketchup bows.

#Mealstogether Christmas Tree Broccoli with tyson chicken nugget presents

If you happen to follow me on Instagram then you'd know we're having a total Rudolph obsession in our home. And by we, I mean Kayla.  The other night I threatened to put all her Disney Princess shoes in time out if she didn't get back in bed and stay in bed.  It was useless.  Then my husband threatened to put her stuffed animal Rudolph in time out and instantly she was in bed and we didn't hear a peep for the rest of the evening.  Rudolph has power!

That got me thinking that a cherry tomato nosed Rudolph might just be the way to her heart and her belly.  I added some cauliflower snow and thinly sliced some carrot antlers.  Then I realized she needed some ketchup to dip those nuggets in so I wrote in ketchup.

#Mealstogether Tyson Chicken Nugget reindeer with vegetables

I wouldn't mislead you so I'll cop to the fact that I didn't just squeeze ketchup out of the bottle to look like that. Don't even try it, it'll look spooky at best.  I actually stuck some ketchup in a plastic baggy, cut the corner and wrote like I was using an icing bag.

So, what did Kayla think?  She didn't say much more than "RUDOLPH!!" Before plucking his nose off, stuffing it in her mouth and then swiping the chicken nugget through the ketchup and downing it.  Score, 1 for mom in the cherry tomato eating department.  It just goes to show that if you have a picky eater it pays to strategize with #Mealstogether and figure out what will get them to at least consider trying some new and healthier foods.

#Mealstogether Kayla eating her Tyson chicken nugget Rudolph

Want to check out these chicken nuggets yourself?  There is a Tyson demonstration going on in all Sam's Club locations 12/13 and 12/14 from 10am-2pm.  Just don't tell my husband or he might get there first, block the display with his cart and eat them all before you get a chance to try one!

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