Tyler Florence Wants Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables (and Here's How)!

What’s the first step parents should take to incorporate your philosophy into their homes?-
"If you don’t want your child running and screaming into the arms of a clown the first time you... more 
What’s the first step parents should take to incorporate your philosophy into their homes?-
"If you don’t want your child running and screaming into the arms of a clown the first time you give them a french fry, you really have to give them the most nutritious food and the most flavorful food from the beginning. And vegetables taste better than french fries.
For the first couple of spoons from when they start to move from rice cereal and barley to vegetables, you really just want to steam. It’s basically just taking organic carrots and steaming them using filtered or distilled water. Put them into a basket, and, I know this sounds simplistic, but you basically put a top on them and cook them for a few minutes. You don’t want to overcook them, you just want to cook them until they’re bright and tender and you can mash them with the back of a spoon. Then put into a high speed blender, I highly recommend the Vita Prep. It’s expensive, but you can make smoothies for the rest of your life and it makes great margaritas so it's really worth the price! After you get to that point, it’s really about roasting. Once you get into the roasting stuff, that’s when you’re really cooking for your children. (And) roasting is, without a doubt, the most flavorful way to make vegetables."
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Give your freezer a rest and start cooking fresh! Tyler Florence, the Food Network veteran, restaurateur (he's opened four restaurants in the past year), and founder of the Sprout line of baby foods, is making it his mission to introduce tots to the wonders of vegetables as early as their first bite of solid food.



The father of three's new cookbook, Start Fresh: Your Child's Jump Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating, is more than just a baby food cookbook packed with beautiful photos and accompanying recipes, it's a guide to introduce families to a healthier way of eating. The bulk of the recipes are designed to feed the whole family, with instructions for making the meal appropriate for infants and toddlers. I broke bread with the chef yesterday and asked him about his veggie-fueled philosophy. See what he had to say (and learn the secret to his one-pan lasagna) in this slideshow!




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