Rainbow Dinner – Challenge #5

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In our house, Monday night is Rainbow dinner.  It started out of frustration since my daughter would not try new foods.  I never thought we would actually make it more than a month of these crazy meals but here we are!

The challenge?  Cook a meal with three colors of the rainbow that my five-year old daughter chooses. She gets one food choice that I cannot cook with.
The Goal?  Get her to try new foods regardless of the outcome.  This week the colors are red, white and blue.

Check out Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4!


I figured I would be bold with a new food that most people don’t enjoy.  My red choice was beets.  I already knew my husband would not eat them so I just needed a small amount for me and my daughter.  She would get one bite, I would have the rest.  I found a recipe on Pinterest for Glazed Beets with a brown sugar and orange juice glaze.  (If she likes these, I will be shocked.)

White gave me lots of options so I decided to make one of my favorites – Homemade coleslaw with cashews.  Make my own dressing, add some chopped cashew and lightly dress the angel hair cabbage.  I knew she enjoyed this and now I could serve it with salmon(let’s see if salmon is still on the “I like” list).  

Blue. I still have trouble with blue.  Blueberries, blue potatoes, what else is blue?  I decided to serve something I know she likes but take advantage (again) of food coloring. She would have to taste it to see if it was really mashed potatoes or some other vegetable.

Blue Mashed Potatoes, Red Beets, and White Coleslaw

It was a good night! She loved the salmon, loved the coleslaw, of course enjoyed the blue mashed potatoes, and after much convincing, tried the beets.  She had one bite, Dad had none and I ate quite a few.  Another success with trying a new food and still enjoying one from week three!  She said she would tell me colors for next week when I pick her up from school today – I think it’s time I ask a chef friend for some help!

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