You're Buying Vegetables.  Now what?

You buy food for a party.  You buy food for holiday recipes.

Or it was just a regular week and you overbought produce.  It happens to me too!  The last thing you want is to find those veggies wilted or rotting in the back of your fridge.  Especially if they are organic.  You paid extra for that!

So this is my quick kid approved way I cook with my left over veggies.  Just add BACON!

Add healthy bacon and just a little bit of it.

Sadly, the regular conventional bacon you find everywhere is SO bad for you.  It's filled with hormones and antibiotics, fake dextrose sugars and preservatives like nitrates and nitrites your OBGYN tells you to never eat when your pregnant.  I don't know about you, but if a doctor tells you not to eat a preservative when your pregnant why would it be okay to eat it after you have the baby and then feed it to your baby, toddler, kids?

Healthier Bacon

Bacon we use is antibiotic and hormone free, the pigs are pasture raised and eat as nature intended them to eat and get bigger in their own time.  The bacon we use doesn't even have any real sugar in it.  We use Pete's Paleo bacon.  The best bacon ever.  We also buy bacon at our local Farmer's Market (find yours here) and I've found some brands at Whole Foods and Sprouts that are good too.

When I was first getting the kids off processed foods I cooked almost every vegetable with bacon.  As you give kids time to eat real food, their taste buds change (science proves it only takes 10-14 days).  Then the kids started eating the veggies in their own.

How to get your kids to eat more veggies

If your kid's don't like to eat vegetables or you and your spouse are not eating enough vegetables think:

broccoli and bacon

cauliflower and bacon

kale and bacon

spinach and bacon

swiss chard and bacon

collard greens and bacon

Start off with easy to eat veggies and then gradually add the not so common but super good for you veggies like swiss chard.

Your kid's still won't eat their vegetables?  Don't force them just keep at it and keep bringing vegetables to the table.  What's the worst that can happen?  You eat the extra veggies, your taste buds change, you lose weight, you feel better and you become the best healthy role model for your kids!   And guess what, they will follow your lead. woohoo!!

 

Bacon and potatoes as the base

Practically every kid's favorite vegetable is potatoes.  So you can start with those like in this recipe before you go totally Paleo and switch over to sweet potatoes.

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Here's what I quickly cooked up after Thanksgiving because I feel for buying the cute purple potatoes at Whole Foods and I had left over cauliflower from the Farmer's Market.

 

I used about 3 slices of chopped bacon.  You can add more if needed.  Remember, when I was trying it get the kids off processed foods, I used more bacon than I do today.  Today I rarely have to “hide” any veggies in their food.   Ok, so I hide some veggies more than others.  Even for myself 😉 but not as often as I used to.

 

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Cook up your bacon almost all the way and add the potatoes or the vegetables that take longer to cook.

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Last add the cauliflower or quicker to cook vegetables.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  But when I use Pete's Paleo Bacon it's cured with so many delicious spices that I don't have to add a thing.

 

 

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Viola!  You're done.  You have a real food cooking skill that you can use any time you have extra vegetables in the refrigerator or on your kitchen island that you don't want to go to waste and you and your family happily eat more veggies!

What veggie will you try cooking this recipe with?

 

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Elaine De Santos

Wife & Mommy | Transformational Nutrition Coach | Lifestyle Entrepreneur at Family For Health
I am a wife who loves falling in love with her husband over and over again! I am a stay-at-home mommy to a sweet girl with a big heart and an energetic boy with a zest for life.

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