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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Squash Flan

Flan (firm egg custard) with dulce de lecheImage via Wikipedia
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

A usual scene at the dinner table portrays a child refusing to eat his vegetables. His parents try all sorts of strategies-bribing, sermonizing, forcing, and scolding so that the lowly vegetables will get the kid's attention.

This is just but a normal behavior manifested by children who doesn't like to eat vegetables. But take heart, moms. You do not need to have a tearful battle or negative encounters with your kids every mealtime. You can still do something to outsmart them.

Here are some tips.

1. "Hide" vegetables in food. Make the few foods that your children eat more nutritious by adding certain ingredients that may go unnoticed.

2. Serve in an appealing manner. Remember, we do not only eat with our mouth, we also eat with our eyes.

3. Associate food with love and understanding. A child will likely form good eating habits and attitudes if he enjoys eating.

Start your "hiding" technique with the cheap but popular squash. However, squash is better said than eaten. To children, squash is yucky, mushy and messy. They only know squash as a vegetable dish but not as a dessert.

Let your children develop a taste and passion for squash by preparing the old favorite leche flan, but this time add unnoticeable flavor, vitamins, minerals, proteins and calories.


You will need:
             Brown sugar
1           cup squash, peeled, boiled and mashed
1/4        cup cornstarch
1           cup evaporated milk
1/2        cup sugar
 2          pieces eggs, beaten
1           tablespoon vanilla

Here's how:

1. Caramelize brown sugar in llanera. Make sure there is equal distribution of sugar. Set aside.

2. Blend squash, cornstarch, evaporated milk, and sugar.

3. Mix in eggs and vanilla.

4. Pour in llanera and steam for 15-20 minutes or until fork inserted comes out clean.

5. Refrigerate.

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