How about adding Roasted Garlic Scalloped Potato and Carrot Stacks to your Easter menu? It is another one of those dishes I love to call “extra veggies”. I decided to sneak some vegetables into the potatoes, so my daughter would have a little extra veggies with dinner. She actually loved them and ate one before dinner. I had made them a little earlier in the day, so I could get pictures of them for the blog. Then, of course, the vultures started circling. My husband wanted to try one and if he was getting one, my daughter insists on trying it too. If she wants to eat vegetables before dinner, I say go for it. I added a head of roasted garlic to the sauce just for my husband, who believes all food should have garlic in it.
While my daughter has a good palate and will eat a wide variety of foods, she isn’t food motivated. You know how they always tell you, kids eat when they are hungry so don’t force them. Nope, that didn’t work for us. If she does not love something, she will not eat. It doesn’t matter how hungry she is. Since we don’t want her to have my weight issues, we always let her stop when she was full and eat when she was hungry. Well that backfired on us! Go figure. She did not grow in height or weight this past year like she should have. After lots of blood work, the doctor said she wasn’t eating enough. Here we thought we were doing the right thing, not forcing her to finish her plate, giving her lots of healthy options, etc. The doctor told us to get her to eat anyway we can, cover everything with cheese if necessary. She is a cheeseaholic and was beyond thrilled to hear that news. We have made a concerted effort to get her to eat more, and it is doing the trick. She grew almost an inch just in February! Big relief!
You know food is so tricky. Here we are thinking we are teaching her all of these healthy eating habits, but it was not what was right for her. I have this theory,(totally non-medically based) that the reason we keep getting study after study that gives contradictory results about food, is that it really is different for everyone. We all have different food needs, and you just have to find what works for you. Some people feel great on a vegan diet, others on low carb, others with everything in moderation. That is why I don’t pass judgment on someone else’s eating plan. It drives me absolutely insane when other people do. I start yelling at my computer when I see people leaving comments telling someone else how they should or should not eat. It totally throws me into a tizzy. I have to back away from the computer and take some deep breaths. Woo! That is a load off my mind.
Back to these scrumptious Roasted Garlic Scalloped Potatoes and Carrot Stacks. Feel free to make one big pan if you would like. I am a mini sized food fanatic and also loved that I could freeze the stacks we did not eat. Try these out for yourself and let me know what you think. I bet even the Easter Bunny would love them.
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Happy Healthy Eating,
Happy Healthy Eating,