It will probably not come as a big surprise that it isn't all that easy to get Kate & Sarah to eat their vegetables. Most recently, I've discovered that forcing them to choke down a vegetable-based appetizer while I prepare their mostly veggie-free dinner is the ticket. Kate likes baby carrots, raw and plain. Sarah likes both hummus and pesto, we've discovered, but although she dips her carrots in them, she is really only using the carrot as a spoon. I'd tried in the past to serve them edamame the way we enjoy it - sauteed in olive oil, out of the shell, with salt and sesame seeds. No go.
Then one day, as I pondered the veggie situation in the store I had a thought. I thought maybe, just maybe, the girls would enjoy eating edamame a la sushi restaurant appetizer - steamed in their shells and liberally sprinkled with kosher salt. To my delight - we have a winner!
Of course, little girls who finish off their vegetables (and plate of pasta that followed) get to eat the pinkalicious cupcakes they helped make!*
*Sadly, they only each got one cupcake. We had a few after dinner that night, I admit, but it was Lola, angry with us for not bringing her to brunch with us, who finished off the lot of them. Bad dog!