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Lynda Loveland: Ketchup soup

Posted January 26, 2011

Lynda Loveland

Sometimes when you’re a parent, you gotta stretch the truth a bit for the greater good.

When it comes to eating, my two older kids are pretty good. My third one, my three-year-old, is still a work in progress.

Take for example, the other day. It was cold. I made grilled cheese sandwiches on Texas Toast with tomato soup. Does it get any better than that? Even used several kinds of cheese!

Anyway, my three-year-old balked. Wouldn’t touch the soup. But, I knew she was a ketchup girl. Likes it on everything. Even dips her bread in it. Sooooo, I said, “I can’t believe you’re not going to eat your ketchup soup! You LOVE ketchup!” She says, “oh I didn’t know,” and proceeds to down it. The WHOLE bowl, mind you. She’s eaten it ever since.

Last night we had “meat cupcakes with ketchup frosting”. They all ate it, except my husband. Maybe I should have said it was Bud Light Beef.

What’s your best dinner fib for the greater good?

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays.


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  • kcastleberry Jan 28, 2011

    I can relate to this! My almost 14 year old daughter thinks that chilli is ketchup soup with chopped up meatballs and magic beans in it. She know better now, but prefers hearing that still to just chilli. My 3 year old has gotten to where he won't eat anything except for meatballs, chicken, cheese and bread so we've gotten creative lately. Veg soup is ketchup soup with super power vegetables in it. Beans are cowboy beans like Woody likes. Broccoli is Buzz Broccoli (the kind that's Buzz Lightyear's favorite). Any kind of salad is Rex salad, green beans are Batman beans. Garden peas are Martian Heads or Alien
    heads. Basically, if we give it a name related to Toy Story or a Super hero he will at least try it, but usually eats it up! Meatloaf is a giant meatball with ketchup sauce. So funny! Wish it would work on my husband that won't touch stew beef, carrots and brussel sprouts! LOL

  • kidcouch Jan 27, 2011

    My husband had the brilliant idea to turn veggies into super power veggies for our two boys.. Spinach makes your arms big (a la Popeye), carrots make you see in the dark, tomatoes make your brain grow.. As we got low on "powers" we included things like swim faster, ride tricycles better etc... Worked like a charm and at 6 and 4 they still mention the associated powers occasionally and eat veggies extremely well!! One's favorite restaurant is Sweet Tomatoes! :)

  • Glass Half Full Jan 27, 2011

    To this day when I serve venison to my brother (almost 52 years old) I make sure all the bones are out and tell him it's "roast". He assumes beef.

  • chesirekat1964 Jan 27, 2011

    My grandson would only eat fish sticks. So when night we bought some tilapia and made "special" fish sticks for him. We also battered trout and catfish. The beer battered salmon was a disaster. But now CJ will eat any kind of fish and hates the frozen fish sticks now.

  • SouthernChick Jan 27, 2011

    This was a lie told to me when I was little by a favorite cousin. I was wishy washy on peanut butter- not quite sure if I wanted to like it or not. My cousin told me that Peter Pan Peanut Butter was made with magic. That was all i needed to hear. To this day, I ONLY buy PP, because it has magic in it...

  • teacher Jan 27, 2011

    My boys are big Star Wars fans. So I name anything new that I make something related to Star Wars and they love it! Meatloaf is Jabba the Hut cake. Creamed corn-Anakorn.

  • lloveland2 Jan 27, 2011

    Hey Heidicraig, I found Texas Toast in the bread aisle at Lowes. I believe the brand is Merita. Makes all the difference! Good luck!

  • heidicraig Jan 27, 2011

    My little girl is only 7 months and so far has eaten everything we put in front of her! I'm loving these tips because I'm a picky eater (no mushrooms, seafood, tomatoes, most cheeses, etc.) and I don't want her to grow up the same way! However, my most important question is WHERE IN THE WORLD DID YOU FIND TEXAS TOAST??? I've given up looking for it after searching various stores for 3 years and not finding it... =(

  • 2BHonest Jan 27, 2011

    My son loves baby back ribs. He hates vegetables. Morning Star has frozen ribs that made entirely of vegetables. He loves them, I don't tell him they are all veggies!

  • outlawtaxi Jan 27, 2011

    My mother got me to eat zucchini when I was a kid by slicing it long-ways and frying it and telling me it was french fries. It only took once, though, after that I loved it even if I knew what it was. It was just getting me to taste it the first time. We never had broccoli when I was a kid; I learned to eat it when in college because I went home with a friend and her grandmother fixed a broccoli/rice casserole for Sunday dinner and I ate it to be polite.