- zucchini (sliced and shredded, steamed, fried, and grilled)
- broccoli (a.k.a "little trees", raw and cooked with cheese sauce)
- carrots (raw and cooked, with and without sauces, ad infinitum... she'll nibble them, but spits them out)
- corn (on the cob and off)
- asparagus (steamed and grilled)
- green beans
- red, yellow, and green peppers (raw and cooked)
- spinach (raw and cooked)
- tomatoes (raw and cooked, chopped, as a soup, and in sauces)
- butternut squash (in soup and cooked in pasta dishes)
- potatoes (mashed or baked)
- peas (frozen or cooked)
- sweet potato fries (this took about 10 tries, but now she'll eat them >75% of the time)
- carrots when shredded and cooked into carrot cake pancakes (but not always)
- french fries
- refried beans, but only at day care
We've had better luck with fruit- Pumpkin likes grapes, strawberries, bananas, pineapples, applesauce (but not whole apples or apple slices!), raspberries, and sometimes tangerines ("tangeringes") and mandarin oranges. We've also tried pears, blueberries, kiwifruit and several different stone fruits, but those have yet to meet with success. We can get away with just about any fruit when it is blended up into a smoothie, though, particularly, if we add strawberries to the smoothie.
It is just like sleep, in my opinion- you can do everything "right" and still not have great success. However, I think it is interesting that the article I found on supertasters says that most kids can taste the bitter compound, even if they will eventually become "non-tasters". So maybe we're all just fated to have to struggle to get our kids to eat their vegetables.
Anyone have any suggestions for more vegetables we should try?