After the Harvest: Kelli of 3 Boys and a Dog

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on December 17, 2010

I am starting a new series that will appear a couple of times a month on what to do after you harvest your vegetables. Country people have a joke that we lock our cars in the summer because if we don’t someone will leave a bag of zucchini squash in them. Having a good harvest is wonderful but sometimes figuring out how to preserve it or use it up is tough.

For my inaugural guest, I have asked Kelli of 3 Boys and a Dog how she gets her children to eat their vegetables. We have all heard horror stories about children refusing to eat vegetables. I remember being stuck at the table long after supper until I finished mine. Kelli has had better luck with her children.

Kelli blogs about her boys, her dog, home schooling, reviews things of use to families with children, and is supportive of her fellow bloggers, even newbies such as me.  Here is her take on vegetables.

Sometimes people have difficulty getting their children to eat healthy vegetables. How have you gotten your boys to eat their vegetables?

Honestly, my boys have never been a problem. They like vegetables. When my oldest was very little we knew the horror stories of kids not eating veggies, so we made a game out of them. Well, I guess you would call it a game… we had cute names for things and still continue to call them that.

EX: Broccoli is called little trees and they feel like Giants eating trees. J Corn is called Gold Nuggets and that is how we get rich. Popeye helped us to force Spinach down them. 😉 Carrots are fun because they get to dip them in Ranch Dressing.. Cauliflower obviously Snow Covered Trees

What are their favorite vegetables?

I would say Corn and Broccoli

Would you share a favorite recipe that you use to serve healthy vegetables to your family?

Hmmm, not very healthy, but my kids love Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Thank you, Kelli, for some fun ideas on getting your kids to eat their vegetables.  Now if we can just find some for the adults, we can find homes for all this squash!

What recipes do you enjoy that use vegetables?  Any tips for feeding them to kids?
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Kelli December 17, 2010 at 8:30 am

Thanks for this! I will be sure to include it in my web wide weekend wrap up post tomorrow… hopefully some of my readers will come see what I have to say about veggies. LOL!
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Donna December 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Kids and broccoli, who knew. That is a good choice for them , even if the trees help it along.


James from Teeth Whitening Suthampton December 22, 2010 at 7:56 am

Hi Stephanie,

It is good to know that there are kids who likes to be involve in planting!.. Thanks for sharing!



Jerry Clifford from minneapolis homes for sale August 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I think everyone has a “I don’t want to eat vegetables” as a kid. Got used to more food like burgers, chicken, steak, ice cream and cakes. But I think its how you set their minds at a young age, you start them with veggies young and make them think that its the “Good stuff” so when they get old, they won’t have a problem with it. That’s how vegans do it.


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