Everyday Mom's Meals: Mom Tested Kid Approved

Friday, June 17, 2011

Mom Tested Kid Approved

Okay moms, how many of you out there have picky eaters? I see the hands shooting up now. I know there are tons of you out there who are dealing w/ "ewwwww, I'm not eating that" on a daily basis. I know I am SO lucky to have a little guy who will not only eat most anything, but enjoys it! How many other 6 year old kids love sushi, request calamari, crave Brussels sprouts and ask for all of them on a regular basis? I know you all hate me now. I'm sorry. I guess he comes by it naturally b/c Adam and I neither one are picky eaters. We just love food. And from a young age we have introduced Alex to different foods, textures and flavors. Our rule is: "you have to try one bite before you decide you don't like something"; and we stick to it. And what do you know, even when he thinks he won't like it, he tries it and "yummy" is the next thing that comes out of his now full mouth. But I feel for all of you that aren't as blessed as I am. I know dinner time becomes a fight and you fall into a rut b/c you just want to get something into your kids w/ too much of a battle. I also understand that moms have to be sneaky! Get those veggies in where you can. I had a Facebook fan (thanks Tracy) ask if I had recipes for vegetables for picky eaters and I recommended my Stuffed Yellow Squash, Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Eggplant Parmesan. But all of those are obvious vegetables. I also suggested she hide some!! LOL This recipe is a good opportunity to do that. With hamburger & tater tots kids will be intrigued enough not to notice the peas in it. And anything topped w/ cheese is usually a hit! Plus you could always add more, or different ones- corn, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, green beans, lima beans! The possibilities are endless!

Tater Tot Casserole

1 lb. frozen tater tots
1 lb. cooked ground buffalo or beef
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 c. frozen peas
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400. In a large bowl, mix meat, soup, and peas. Season w/ salt and pepper. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Top mixture w/ a layer of tater tots. Bake for 20 minutes. Add cheese and bake 5 more minutes.
Tater Tots Arranged by Alex :)


Jaimie said...

Can I make a suggestion? I would mix the meat, soup, and peas like you said, but I would line the bottom of the pan with hashbrowns(the frozen ones that look like McDonald's) and pour the meat mixture on top of that baking for the time you said followed by cheese on top like you said.

Krista said...

That sounds good too! The only thing I would wonder is if the potatoes would still get crispy being on the bottom. Do you make it like that?

Stacie said...

I use frozen mized veggies in mine. My kids like it but hubby LOVES it!!