With six kids in the family I guess itâ€™s inevitable that we would have at least one very fussy eater to contend with. Â And The Vegemite Kid (Master 7) fills these shoes very well. Â We have seen a glimmer of hope in recent months with the voluntary consumption of a chicken sandwich, several varieties of rice that werenâ€™t white, Turmeric Rice, Mexican and Mr8â€²s Fried Rice with visible egg and peas (which were cunningly avoided), and even strips of Mojo Marinated Beef Strips wrapped in a Tortilla. Â The odd flavoured yoghurt has also made itâ€™s way into the lunch box when I have run out of Vanilla, and he has come home to tell me in his Surprised Voice that he actually liked it.
It hasnâ€™t been easy, but we have persevered, offering a little bit of everything on his dinner plate at night the same way we do with all of our kids. Â Thereâ€™s no â€œI donâ€™t want any of thatâ€ or specially prepared meals in our house. Â And, on our dieticianâ€™s advice, there is no pressure (apart from eating his carrots because I know he doesnâ€™t totally hate those). Â We donâ€™t want him to jack-up and refuse to eat anything new. Â And, when it comes to lunch boxes I have had to learn to be creative and a little bit sneaky. Â Zucchini andÂ purÃ©ed fruit in Muffins, grated carrot in his Vegemite Sandwiches and things like LSA mix in muesli bars like I have done here. Â The way I look at it, a little is better than none. Â And little by little our perseverance has paid off, so for now weâ€™ll keep doing it this way. Â And I am confident that one day our little man will sit down to dinner with the rest of the family and eat everything on his plate. Â And maybe even ask for Seconds!
Sneaky Mum Muesli Bars
125 grams Butter
1/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar
2 Tbl Golden Syrup (you could use honey)
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 Cups Oats
1 Cup Rice Bubbles
1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut (or desiccated)
1/2 Cup SR Flour
1/3 Cup LSA Mix
1/2 Cup Choc-Chips (or Chocolate Melts broken up)
Preheat your oven to 160C.
In a small saucepan combine the butter, brown sugar, golden syrup and vanilla. Â Place on a low heat,Â stirring continuously to avoid burningÂ until the butter and sugar have melted and it reaches a rich caramel colour.
In a large bowl combine the remaining ingredients.
Pour the butter/sugar mixture into the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly ensuring that all of the dry ingredients are moist. Â The chocolate will melt into the mix.
Scoop mixture into a slice tin lined with greaseproof paper and bake Â for 25 minutes until the slice is slightly golden.
Cool before slicing into bars.
This recipe is loosely based on a recipe I found atÂ http://recipes.coles.com.au/recipes/163/yummy-muesli-bars/