Once upon a time, I was worried sick that my child was going to die of malnourishment. I spent hours trying to find creative ways to sneak vegetables into his applesauce/brownies/cheerios. No joke. I remember taking a carrot and covering it in Cheerios on more than one occasion. Of course, Luke just spit out the carrot and ate the Cheerios. Can't fool my kid.
Jerry Seinfeld's wife even published a book called Deceptively Delicious which tells you to do funny things like cram vegetable puree into chocolate chip cookies. This method really appealed to me, until I came up with the revolutionary idea to just give my kid the actual vegetables. I mean, if your child is only eating vegetable puree hidden in brownies, will he ever eat a real carrot if it isn't disguised as something sweeter? I really feel like people make things more complicated than they have to be sometimes.
I am happy to report that after months of offering Luke vegetables, he eats them now without any reservations. I may not be successful at many things, but at least my kid loves salad without ranch dressing. It's amazing what he will eat. In fact, the other day we didn't have any other food in the house, so for lunch I sauteed some leftover frozen shrimp. He ate almost this entire plate! Fancy picnic, huh?