As some of you may know, my son has turned his back on all things meat.
The fact that he is allergic to dairy and typically gluten free, adds another level of stress. Not really stress, just an additional consideration.
At this point, he is asking a lot of questions about where various food items come from.
Sure, this interest is good and I should approach this as a learning opportunity; however, I don’t want anymore foods put on the are-you-kidding-that’s-where-THAT-comes-from list.
I can’t afford honesty right now, so I’m taking more of a ninja approach…Sneak the protein in the food and get out!
I decided to resurrect a recipe that I used several years ago. It was a chocolate chip cookie recipe that included garbanzo beans.
The garbanzo cookies went over well, a frequent repeater, until a preschool teacher said, “Wow! Garbanzo beans in the cookies? How healthy!”
And that was the end of that.
Here’s the problem with bringing back an oldie but goodie, I didn’t remember the changes that I had made years ago, until it was too late.
1. Mash the garbanzo beans to better disguise them.
2. Make them small so you only get one or two beany parts in a bite.
3. Add extra oatmeal and extra chocolate chips.
As I opened the oven door after just a few minutes, I quickly realized all three of these forgotten additions.
As you might have expected, these didn’t go over well.
The bean cookies resulted in some disappointment from him ( I wanted really good cookies) and frustration from me (I wanted you to think they were good cookies)!
This won’t be my last attempt at ninja nutrition!