Veggies star in kid-friendly casserole recipes
Finicky eaters don't fluster Liz Weiss and Janice Newell Bissex. The mothers and registered dietitians turn snubbed vegetables into tasty recipes with kid appeal.
"You can make the healthiest meal in the world, but if it doesn't taste good, no one's going to eat it," says Weiss, 50, of Lexington, Mass. (pop. 31,394).
She and Bissex, 51, who call themselves "Meal Makeover Moms," published their first cookbook, The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers, in 2004. The moms met in the early 1990s when Weiss reported on nutrition for CNN and Bissex served as a nutrition consultant for the U.S. Senate. Over lunch in 2000, they talked about parents who struggled to encourage healthful eating by kids who balk at broccoli and other greenery on their plates.
"News was just starting to bubble up about kids and obesity, and we wanted to show families how to give the diet a healthy makeover," says Weiss, mother of Simon, 12, and Josh, 16. Readers welcomed their makeovers of kid favorites, such as macaroni and cheese made with whole-wheat pasta to boost the fiber and vitamins.
"We weave in good nutrition," says Bissex, of Melrose, Mass. (pop. 26,983), mother of Leah, 11, and Carolyn, 19.
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