Adrienne's mom understood the power of a diversion:
I don't have any children of my own (soon!) but checked out your website after reading about it in Maclean's. Had to share this little tidbit from my own childhood.
When my older brother was about 22, he asked my mom for her chili recipe. She was very reluctant to give it up for some reason but then finally confessed: Because neither of us liked kidney beans and would spend half of supper picking them out and complaining, my mother started opening the can of kidney beans, removing about a third of the can, and mashing the rest. The mashed beans would provide the nutrition, the remaining third of the can would give us something to pick out and complain about.
Sneaky when it was used against me, brilliant in my plans for my own children.
My mom swore the crust of the bread was better for me than the soft inside, and I fell for it for years. I wonder what other secrets we keep from our kids that they'll find out when they're parents?
Related: Plenty of hide-the-vegetable hacks in the Feeding/nursing archive