Last week, for a number of days, there was a butternut squash sitting on my kitchen counter. "Look!" the kids were saying, "It's Mr. Funny Guy vegetable!" I admit that after some time, I had given him a face (complete with a curly moustache) because he had been sitting there for so long. I was trying to come up with something other than the norm, i.e., baked, mashed or souped squash dinners. I wanted my kids to eat Mr. Vegetable, but I realized that the only way this was going to happen was if they didn't know quite what they were eating.
Sometimes, after I spend two hours in the kitchen prefecting my latest gourmet dish, the "Ewwww, YUCK! Gross!!! Me no yike!!! Yucky! Bleeeech!"s at the dinner table can break my heart, and I was feeling a bit frigile.
And then I found this recipe! (cue angels singing)
It went down extremely well with the kids and even I ate 100 pieces. You know that thing where you eat one piece then need to straighten out the edges a bit until eventually (after a lot of cutting) all that's left is one, small morsel so you might as well just eat that one, too? Well, that may have been what happened.
Anyhow, I can only take credit for two little things that I added to these health bombs (cool name for a yummy thing that contains yucky things...i.e., certain veggies). So, before I proceed with the recipe, please turn your eyes to the link above, and give "Nancy" a round of applause.
Peanut Butter (and a couple of other ingredients we don't need to mention out loud) Brownies
1/4 cup flax seed
1 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2-3/4 cup baked squash (Cut squash in half, remove seeds, place cut side up in baking pan, bake at 400C for 45 minutes—or until tender. Let cool, then scoop insides out. Unused squash can be set aside for dinner...voila!)
1/2 cup finely chopped (so fine that the kid types can't find it) spinach
1/4 cup crushed seeds or nuts if so desired
Whisk egg in bowl. Add flax seed, then peanut butter and honey. Blend until smooth. Add baking soda, squash and spinach...oh, and crushed seeds if you are adding them.
Place in greased 8x8 pan. Cook for 25-35 minutes at 350C.
Hint: pick up a butternut squash at for 69¢ a pound. Yay!
You can tell your kids that they're "Super delicious!" and then hope and pray that maybe they'll catch on and say, "Mmmm Thanks! They sure are! And you're Super Mom!" But let's face it, it's more likely that they'll run off with one in their hand as you're fumbling around in the cupboard trying to find a plate. Then they'll crumble it into the couch and while licking the crumbs off their hands say, "Mmm, dis is yummy," which, in all honesty, is a pretty great compliment anyway.