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Pumpkin doesn’t like quinoa. I know, impossible right? I can remember as a kid, I didn’t like to eat it either. I thought it was birdseed (and amaranth too). So my trick to get him to eat it is to make it a 50%-50% blend of brown rice and quinoa. And I doctor it up and make a hot salad side dish (although I’d eat it as a main dish).

Hot Quinoa Salad

Hot Quinoa Salad

2 c. cooked quinoa (hot), 2 c. cooked brown rice (hot), 2. c. garbanzo beans (hot), 1 c. sun-dried tomatoes, 1/2 c. crumbled feta, 1/2 c. kalamata olives, 1/4 c. olive oil, 3 Tbsp. lime juice, 1 Tbsp. minced garlic, 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, fresh cracked black pepper, fresh ground sea salt

Mix together all ingredients except feta. Sprinkle feta on top of salad and serve hot.

Pumpkin’s verdict? “It’s alright, but I eat all of it first so I can wash the taste out of my mouth with the yummy food I saved.” Haha, maybe next time!

What tricks do you use to get reluctant eaters to try new things?