because Steven ate bell pepper last night with his dinner. Charlton and I watched with bated breath as his dipped it in his ranch and ate the first piece. When he didn't spit it out and actually smiled and said, "mmm," I did a little dance in my chair. He ate all different colors- red, yellow, green- but green was his favorite. Couldn't see that one coming! I know that it probably doesn't seem like a big deal to you but like every mom, I'm on a quest to get him to eat more veggies, and although he has tried them a few times, he always always spit them out after one bite. I had some leftover sliced bell pepper from a party platter I made so I've been putting them out during dinner because I figured what do I have to lose. "They" say that if you keep veggies out and keep offering them, eventually your kids will eat it- so in this instance "they" were right even though I had little faith that he would. Oh ye of little faith, I know.
Steven discovered a few months ago that he likes eating raw carrots when he can dip them in ranch dressing (he didn't like ranch for a while), and boy, does he love ranch. So, I'm hoping that he'll eat anything as long as he can dip it- next up cucumbers (yes, I've tried this one unsuccessfully too). Drum roll please...Steven now will eat a total of 4 vegetables (not including corn and other potatoes): carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, and now bell peppers. I wonder if I can count the last one as three because of the different colors. Never-the-less, I am a very happy mom right now.
Anyone have good ideas for introducing a vegetable I didn't mention? My favorite is how I get him to eat sweet potatoes. It's not original- I got it out of a baby/toddler cookbook. You slice a peeled sweet potato into 1/4 inch slices and bake them tossed in a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. We call them french fries and Steven loves them. I just stick leftover fries in the microwave for 15 seconds to heat through and then place on foil under the oven broiler for a few minutes to crisp them.