One of the things I’ve been trying to do as I make more things homemade rather than using a processed food is to add in extra nutrition where I can. This has had mixed results. But last night I nailed it. We had chicken quesadillas – loaded with veggie goodness. I’ve seen images online of kid friendly healthy meals with crazy veggie filled quesadillas and thought, “No Way! My kids would take one look at all the wonderful colorful goodness in there and promptly refuse to eat it.” So instead of adding nice chunks of sauteed veggies, I used veggie mush.
I pureed half of a good size zucchini, a small onion, 2/3 cup carrots and a cup of spinach (all raw) in the food processor. I’ll admit, the result was far from appetizing to look at. Then I added the mush to a little olive oil and cooked for 5 minutes or so to get the onions cooked, added 1 tsp chili powder, 1 Tbs cumin, salt to taste and a dash of garlic powder. Then I added leftover roasted chicken (a little more than half of the chicken, or 1 breast and both thighs). Again, the result didn’t look very good, but it was tasty.
I put this chicken in between whole wheat tortillas with fresh shredded sharp cheddar (more on why you want to shred it yourself here https://lessprocessedfamily.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/would-you-like-wood-pulp-with-that-an-easy-less-processed-swap/) and cooked them in a skillet with a little bit of melted butter. Cut them into wedges with a pizza cutter and the boys ate em up.
While my 6 year old will eat veggies, the other two will absolutely not, so I totally consider this not only a less processed but also more nutritious success. I thought they were pretty tasty too. Next time, I will probably add some actual sauteed veggies into mine – mushrooms and some more spinach would probably be very good, and maybe a little hot sauce.