Like most Moms, I struggle with getting my kids to eat more vegetables. I’ve read Jessica Seinfeld’s book Deceptively Delicious (among others) and have added pureed squash or sweet potatoes to mac and cheese. I’ve passed off spaghetti squash as hash browns (that worked a few times). And when my kids ask me what’s wrong with the food, I lie. I tell them that I have no idea and their taste buds must be off.
I get excited whenever I see a new trick to pass off vegetables as yummy food. So when I saw a recipe for sweet potato waffles in the Family Fun magazine that keeps showing up at my house, even though I never subscribed, I couldn’t wait to make them. It’s a straightforward recipe (my favorite kind) that uses sweet potatoes, eggs, cornmeal, spices, and butter (to grease the waffle iron). That’s it (at least in my version of the recipe). And it meets the kid-approved, yummy food list without giving my kids the childhood version of a beer gut I’ve affectionately termed donut gut.
- 2 large sweet potatoes peeled and grated (box grater works great)
- 1/2 cup cornmeal (you can use a gluten free brand or coconut flour if you’re gluten free)
- 3 eggs lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated if you can swing it is best)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat the waffle iron.
- Peel and then grate the sweet potatoes in a large bowl.
- Toss the cornmeal with the grated sweet potatoes.
- In a smaller bowl, lightly beat the eggs and stir in the rest of the ingredients.
- Add the egg mixture to the sweet potatoes and stir well to combine.
- Spoon enough of the mixture onto your waffle iron so that the bottom is covered (amount will vary depending on your iron).
- Cook until crispy and solid (about 10 minutes).
The Family Fun recipe includes crumbled turkey sausage and a savory flavor profile. My kids can spot a food trick a mile away if it has green specs in it, so I prefer to skip the inevitable fight and go right for the sweet version. I also use maple syrup as a topper. There’s a good chance they’ll keep quiet about the veggie-based breakfast just because of that.