Ketchup is a Vegetable, Right?

Now I think that a tomato is technically a fruit which would make ketchup a fruit, but that just doesn’t sound right. Vegetable sounds much better.


Hailey is such a picky eater that I am really hoping that ketchup counts as a vegetable since that’s about all she will eat. And she doesn’t like fruit either. About the only fruit she will eat is jelly. Is that even a fruit?

When I give her almost any food she will usually try it. Then take it out of her mouth, hand it to me and say, “Gucky!” (yucky) We go back and forth with this throughout every meal.

“Hailey, try your food.”


“If you try it you might like it. Just try it.”

Hailey puts her food in her mouth, takes it out and hands it to me and says “GUCKY!”

“It’s not yucky. You liked broccoli last week so I bought some more. Now please eat it.”


“How about you eat some of your chicken then? You like chicken.”


I do not give her a cookie and I have never given in and given her one no matter how much she demands and screams and cries for it. “We’re eating dinner. We don’t have cookies for dinner.”

“Yo-Ye-O. Peeaazzz! Yo-Ye-O.” (Oreo. Please! Oreo.)

“After you eat your dinner you can have an Oreo.”

“All done. Me yook ousssside. All done.”  (Me look outside)

And that is how most of our meals go.


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17 comments on “Ketchup is a Vegetable, Right?

  1. Kelsey on said:

    Im so with you! No one here will ever sit and eat

  2. Jane @ Kidzarama on said:

    lol… Maybe if you grew some veges she’d be more interested.

    You know, being able to walk outside and pick a snack off the vine. :)

  3. Busymama Karen on said:

    I’m hoping ketchup is a vegetable too since my 3 year old puts it on everything and won’t eat a single vegetable!

  4. La Bellina Mammina on said:

    LP basically will eat anything – except that now he’s sick – he’s only into his milk and apple juice :-(

  5. Willow on said:

    Ketchup MUST be a vegetable. I blogged about that very thing in a post called something like the Condiment Crisis of 2008. My son had to :: horrors! :: eat naked chicken nuggets because we ran out of ketchup. It was NOT a pretty sight. Given that he’s 14, strong as an ox, healthy as a horse and any other animal analogies (like the alliteration there?) you can think of, I can only assume that ketchup is, indeed, a vegetable. Great post! :-)

  6. Heather on said:

    I know that there are recipes for homemade ketchup. I would feel better about serving that, knowing there aren’t as many preservatives in it. I always tease Hubby that his body will be already embalmed because of all the ketchup he eats. (I don’t eat the stuff.)

    Oooh, I know. I’ll share a ketchup recipe for Random Recipes this week!

  7. ketchup is how we get A to est a lot. We tell her to dip it in ketchup and then she will eat it. I have seen her eat just ketchup on her fork- gross I know. But at least she ate, right?

  8. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls on said:

    Hannah won’t eat any fruit at all either. She never has. Except at daycare, where she will eat exactly one grape, apple slice, or whatever – and then complain about it as soon as I pick her up. Then again, Abby and Becca make up for it – they can’t get enough fruit. Strange!

    I figure that whether it’s ketchup, ranch dressing or whatever, as long as they eat it’s got to count for something, right? :)

  9. Audrey on said:

    My daughter never much liked fruits or veggies until she was older. Even now she loves bananas, with chocolate sauce. She loves corn, in butter sauce LOL. Glad your blog was chosen blog of the day. That’s how I found you.

  10. Don’t you just love the picky eater..

  11. rachel on said:

    She is so damn cute and I love gucky. I loved ketchup too. I still do.

  12. Irene on said:

    LOL. I think my 4 year old would eat just a plate of ketchup all by itself–no food needed at all.

  13. LauraLee Shaw on said:

    How adorable!!! I had many incidences just like this when my kids were younger. Now their big bodies with big mouths make a big scene when they don’t like what I fix. I guess they never outgrow it! ;) Cute post!

  14. Lifesong on said:

    PHEW!! I finally had a chance to stop by. Life is crazy busy, and I was W-A-Y behind on my google reader. Like, more than I ever have been!!

    But anyway — that’s not important. What is important is this debate about ketchup being a vegetable.

    My vote: YES IT IS!! :)

  15. Denise on said:


  16. Marni on said:

    I hate ketchup.

    As far as traffic goes. I have your linkies all over my page! :D

  17. mama meji on said:

    Matt loves ketchup…and veggies. I’m real lucky he’s not a picky eater.


    We have nasty scenes at the dinner table that you don’t wanna hear of – about wanting to eat what he cannot eat.

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