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By Amanda McKay
A Chillicothe native, I am a wife and mother of two. Graduating from Missouri Western with an English/Journalism/Public Relations degree in 2003, I worked for the Constitution-Tribune for over six years. Over the last year, our family has faced some ...
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My Vegetarian Toddler
A Chillicothe native, I am a wife and mother of two. Graduating from Missouri Western with an English/Journalism/Public Relations degree in 2003, I worked for the Constitution-Tribune for over six years. Over the last year, our family has faced some struggles with a daughter who has very special dietary needs. I am constantly looking at new ways to bring dinner to our table and experimenting with little to no protein for my girl.
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March 4, 2014 5:35 p.m.

I’m constantly working on giving my family more of what is good for them and less of what is not. Our children are limited to one “junk” item a day (and sometimes I try and skip that when they’re not looking) and I try and give them as many vegetables as I can. My husband is still one of those that believe a meal consists of meat, potato, bread and a veggie. Yeah right! As a working mom, I don’t have time to whip all that up at 5:15 and have it ready by 6. No way. I do try and make a somewhat traditional meal once a week for the whole crew. Last night was traditional night. I made meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn. (no bread - because, really, no one needs all of those carbs) Both of my children like corn and only my vegetarian toddler will eat mashed potatoes (of the two children). For some silly reason my son loves potatoes but will not eat them mashed. It must be a texture thing. Last night, however, I made the potatoes healthier by adding a bag of cauliflower about 10 minutes into the boiling process. Did anyone notice the difference? Nope! My vegetarian toddler gobbled hers up, I had some and even my husband did not notice the difference. The only difference he saw was that there were a couple of little lumps - jerk! But they were really good. So many times we see something that could increase the health of our meals and we think, “Well, that sounds gross” and we don’t try it. We are all about trying things in our house and it really was good and it blended so well, no one could tell the difference. So, for those of you out there that are doing the cooking at home, if you want to make those potatoes a little lighter next time, only use half and make the other half cauliflower.

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