How to battle with a picky eater and win (UPDATED WITH WINNER)

The winner of the Speedy Sneaky Chef is: Bryanna Smith

Congratulations Byranna! Please email sarah @ getbuttonedup dot com with your details.

This contest is now closed.


As I lamented in my BabyCenter post this week, motherhood is humbling. Just when you think you have it all figured out, you get knocked on your smug tush.

My latest knockdown came at the dinner (and breakfast and lunch) table. My youngest has suddenly taken an offense to vegetables of all kind. I’ve tried cutting them up into microscopic pieces and hiding those in spoonfuls of rice. But the second his precious little tongue feels even one little bit of healthy veg – he shrieks, “too much!” and spits out whatever he has in his mouth.

It was kind of funny the first time he did it. I think we laughed.

We should have kept it in. This kid has a thing for making people laugh. And the problem is, once he got a laugh, it stuck – even as our initial guffaw turned to tears. I’ve tried bribery, dips, making animal and face shapes, everything I could think of to make the veggies palatable – all to no avail.

I swore I would never puree veggies and hide them in their food. But Lachlan had other plans for me.

Last week I finally admitted that to get him to eat anything I was going to have to get my sneak on.

The Universe must agree because guess what book just hit the shelves: The Speedy Sneaky Chef.

The New York Times bestselling author’s new book offers over 85 new, faster, healthy recipes, with added fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, that are lower-calorie, higher in nutrients, and can be whipped up in just minutes. There are dozens of quick fixes for store-bought foods using innovative short cuts for tried and true Sneaky Chef purees.

I tested one of the recipes for protein-packed pancakes this weekend and my little guy inhaled them. So, so far so good. The process wasn’t nearly as daunting as I had made it out to be in my head. I’m looking forward to putting them all to the test, including making a cauliflower and zucchini puree to put into spaghetti sauce.


The great thing about motherhood is that eventually, even if it takes a few months, you always get back up off your tush. A little bruised perhaps, but always wiser.

giveaway Details

The Sneaky Chef is offering a signed copy of her latest book The Speedy Sneaky Chef and an apron to one lucky reader!

To win, simply leave a comment on this post.

This giveaway will end Friday, February 3rd. We’ll announce the winner soon after. Hope you win!