Is it bad for a parent to tell a little white lie? How about a lie of omission…as in, “Here, eat this spaghetti with sauce” – not mentioning that the sauce is loaded with a pile of additional vegetables? Who would notice?
Well, we know of at least one fictional character who would: Dr. Cal Lightman of the crime drama “Lie To Me,” which is streaming on Netflix. Dr. Lightman and his colleagues can tell from the smallest twitch of a person’s face or body if he or she is lying. And the show has given us lots of discussion opportunities as we’ve watched it with our tween. What if you were so well-versed in reading expressions that you could immediately tell if a family member was trying to hide anger, frustration, contempt, guilt, or glee? And are there any lies that are OK to tell?
To test this question, we served up one of our favorite pasta sauces, also known as “Secret Sauce.” This sauce looks reasonably red, but it’s actually saturated with a variety of different vegetables from green (broccoli, spinach) to orange (carrots) to white (onions).
To make this sauce, you need to add about 1 cup of steamed pureed vegetables to every 3 cups of regular tomato sauce (the equivalent of one jar of sauce). For the version pictured, we steamed 1 carrot, a large handful of spinach, about 10 broccoli florets, and 1 onion; and then pureed all the vegetables to yield one cup. We then combined the mixture with the tomato sauce and simmered it all together for an additional 1/2 hour.
As we served this sauce, we remained as nonchalant as possible while placing it on the dinner table: “OK, here’s the pasta and sauce…” Perhaps Dr. Cal Lightman would have noticed a slight twitch in our left eye, but no one seemed to notice, and dinner went on without incident. Tomorrow night? Pizza with leftover sauce.
We’re not big on hiding veggies – we’d rather have kids know what they’re eating and eat them with confidence. But every now and then, what’s the harm in making something a little extra nutritious? We’re starting to think that this particular little white lie should possibly be called a little “green” lie. Either way, it’s all good. More veggies for all!
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