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The amazing Marcia Fowler who runs Busy Moms Write was kind enough to ask me how my 100 recipe challenge was going. (She is very considerate that way.)

The truth is that it is hard. My husband and son have a long list of don't-want-to-eat items (which they are perfectly entitled to), so I have to modify a bunch of recipes. And then, of course, we moved houses, which made me want to cook nothing but comfort food...

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But those are excuses, and it's time for me to get back on track. We've had some winners (salsa chicken was yummy!) and some losers (the white chilli was meh at best). After consulting my cookbooks (thanks, Mom!) and the Interwebs, I have become intrigued by the latest research on food pairing to help children eat their vegetables.

The study on that link was basically an exercise in associative conditioning - children who were served Brussels sprouts or cauliflower with a more savory food, were more likely to learn to eat their vegetables.

(For the record, I am so unfamiliar with Brussels sprouts, I had to look up the correct spelling to type them into this blog post.)

But, I like this idea of pairing bland and savory. It won't work the same way as the study for my son, who is still learning about portion control and what healthy food does for his body, but for now, I'll can be on the lookout for more of those recipes that incorporate veggies in a non-obvious way.

Is this cheating? Maybe. But we moms could use the advantage sometimes.

Have a recipe you want me to try? Leave me a message at Sorry, Mom. I didn't listen. Thanks!

In the meantime. Follow Marcia to be a better writer, reader and self-editor. She's awesome!

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Comment by Lauren Markman on February 19, 2014 at 8:20pm

Hi, Marcia. I struggle with comfort food v. healthy food, but I try to at least set a good example a few days a week.

So glad you are having fun with your blog - it's a great read!

Comment by Marcia Fowler on February 19, 2014 at 8:02pm

Glad to read about your challenge! As for Brussels sprouts, I cooked some up for the first time last week. Ate three whole sprouts and was sicker than a toddler in daycare during February. Don't feel bad if you don't like them.

I'm always trying to come up with healthy foods for my kids. Their favorite foods are pizza, hot dogs and grilled cheese. Who's to blame? I'd like to say my husband, my mother or even the milkman who delivers the mozzarella cheese. But no, it's me. I'm plum out of ideas for healthy eating and really tired of cooking meals that don't get eaten. So lately, I've been making myself the healthy foods and offering it along with cheese and crackers, fruit and veggies. Even though they don't know what healthy eating tastes like, they at least know what it looks like.

The only recipe I have to share is to take 2 pieces of bread, drop cheese in the middle with a little butter, grill, cut into cute shapes and serve. If it's dinner time, serve yourself a glass of wine on the side.

Thanks for saying such nice words about my blog. I've been having a lot of fun with it.

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