What do Asparagus, Brussels sprouts and Clam chowder have in common?
Humming the theme from Jeopardy…
They’re all foods that my family has had for dinner the past three nights. Not only that, they’re all foods that most of my children like – no kidding! Angel Face isn’t fond of asparagus, and clam chowder doesn’t do much for Z-Man, but they all downed Brussles sprouts like there was no tomorrow. They also love artichoke, crab legs, sushi, calamari aka squid, raw spinach, scallops… ummm… that’s all I can think of off the top of my head.
Now you’re probably wondering how Teacher and I get our kids to eat such un-kid-like foods. The truth is that it’s not hard because WE like food – lots of different kinds of food – and from the time our kids are ready for table foods we’ve fed them pretty much the same things we eat. Of course we tone down the spices for the little ones, or make two different sauces if we think the kids won’t like our sauce, but the idea is that they eat what we eat. We encourage them to try new things but never force them to – usually what happens is that they see how much we’re enjoying something then they want to try it too.
It’s great to have kids that eat almost everything because when the family goes out for dinner Teacher and I can pick almost any restaurant and know that the kids will find something they like. And we know they’re getting the nutrients that they need because they’re not eating the same old things all the time. Best of all, we get to share the foods we love with the children we love.
So what’s on the menu tonight? Pizza – cuz I’m cooking and I don’t like to cook. Teacher is the head chef around here, and always does something special on the weekends. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with this weekend!