Scrambled eggs with yellow peppers, green onion and cheese

Posted in Breakfast, Savory, Uncategorized, Vegetable on Jan 06, 2010

022 I’ve been holding off on going to the store this week, because I had a bunch of produce in the drawer on the verge of giving me the finger and dissolving into goo before I could come up with a clever use for it.    Clever meaning something novel enough that The Boy would willingly eat it, but still sticking to our ground rules about no tricky, veggie-hiding muffins or whatever.  Besides, he doesn’t like muffins either.  Oh yes, you all envy me now, don’t you?

He also won’t eat most common dipping condiments, like catsup, ranch dressing, salsa, most cheese sauces.  He likes things plain.  And beige.  He does like scrambled eggs with melted cheese, so I figured we’d pull out some complementary vegetables and see what happened if I mixed them all together.

Here’s what we started with:

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One yellow bell pepper

Two green onions

Four cloves of garlic

about 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Four eggs

Olive oil for the pan (I just put in about a teaspoon and wiped it around with a paper towel while heating.)

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The Chef helped me whack the veggies into smaller pieces, and then we pulverized them in the Ninja.  We set them aside, and she whisked the eggs.

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Then, we dumped the minced veggies into the skillet and stirred them around until they were fragrant – about 2 minutes, I think.

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Then we poured in the eggs, and mixed the whole glop up.  This is when it still looked sort of pretty.

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We sprinkled on the cheese just before we served it up – I put some in a flour tortilla and offered it to The Boy.  He commented that it looked like something the cat threw up.  I’ll give him that, and hoo boy do I need to fix the lighting situation in my kitchen.  These eggs were actually quite sunny yellow and not cat-barfy at all.

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The verdict – I added some Tabasco to this plate and had myself a nice little breakfast burrito.  The Chef liked it as well, and – no surprise- the Sous Chef ate hers with no complaints.  The Boy, however, ate about 1/4 cup total of the eggs and veggies and gave me a thumbs-down on the flavor.

Here’s the thing – I think the reality that I’m not going to back down and plop a plate a chicken nuggets in front of him is setting in.  He’s starting to get his back up a bit, and is wanting to make deals with me.  Like – he wants to try one little bite, and then if he doesn’t like it, he doesn’t eat any more of it.

To paraphrase Yoda – Eat, or do not eat.   THERE IS NO TRY.  I’m going to one-up Yoda by removing the choice.  Just eat.  Enough that you can truly appreciate the flavor.  You don’t have to like it.  You can compare it to whatever nasty thing the cat dragged in (or heaved up) but you will eat it.  Or maybe?  You will wear it.  I’m not sure yet.

Stay tuned – the produce might actually fight back.

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  1. Debbie says:

    You can come cook for me anytime. That breakfast burrito sounded yummy. This is so funny to me. My kid was a beige picky eater at that age and beyond. I never had the strength to do what you are doing and I admire it. Now that she is 20 and I no longer have to feed her, she eats EVERYTHING! How annoying is that? (But kind of great too.)

  2. Megan says:

    Great post. I have a 13 year old just like your son – no fruits or veggies ever! I take it back – he’ll have McDonalds sliced apples. We did an intervention a few years back to get him to eat more protein which actually worked – he’ll now eat turkey, chicken, steak, etc…which is a whole lot better than the carbs he lived on. You’ve inspired me to tackle some fruits/veggies – I’ll keep reading and let you know if your solutions work with my kid.

  3. Jenny says:

    Ah, glad to know I’m not the only one out here with a picky older kid! If you find something that works for your guy, I’d love to hear about it. And if you’ve got ideas of something we should try, let us know 🙂

  4. megan says:

    I will share any ideas but you’ve inspired me to have him try new veggies. Last night – green beans. Negotiation went something like this. “If I try two green beans can I can have the Snickers bar I bought in the vending machine?” I was all – sure (he was going to eat the Snickers anyway so he may as well have two green beans to join in the fun). It’s a start.



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