I have been slightly obsessing about food again with regards to having more variety and more fresh food around. My copy of Nourishing Traditions is being carried around the house as I try to plan out meals and try new versions of regular favorites with the kids. Some of our winners lately are:
Black beans. Straight up with a little salt. The kids used to eat beans a lot and even ate bean dips but had stopped a few months back. I tried these on ’em (served with a toothpick to pick them up) and got a great reaction from both of them. My daughter initially turned her nose up and claimed she didn’t like them until she saw my son eating them with gusto…
Kefir. The kids have both liked the blueberry in the past, They tried out the vanilla flavor and both like it.
Tiny bananas. My daughter picked these out at the store and has been chowing down. Both kids had been turning down banans lately, so this is good. We also made banana pops after watching Blue’s Clues. We peeled them, speared them with a popsicle stick, and froze them. Then we dipped them in blueberry Kefir, topped them with sprinkles, and froze them again. Yummm. No win with my son yet, but the rest of us like these.
Cottage cheese pancakes. (Recipe from an NT yahoo group) Blend 2 cups cottage cheese, 6 eggs, 1/3 cup melted butter, and 1/2 cup flour. Make very small pancakes on a griddle. Cook until crispy on the outsides. These got devoured, handheld, no toppings. We will be making these again. There is another similar recipe without butter and swapping the flour to oats. I want to try that one out too.
Oatmeal with cinnamon. Almost everyday lately has seen oatmeal on the menu. Usually the kids put sprinkles on it (instead of regular sugar), something I started a few months ago to revive the interest in oatmeal. Now they are tryng it with cinnamon. I am trying to work in some applesauce or preserves.
My son is claiming he wants to eat fish so we will be trying whitefish tonight. Who knows, I might be surprised.
UPDATE (10 minutes after dinner)…
OK-color me surprised!
My son, who is usually full of “Yuck” and “Oooh, that smells”, loved the fish! And asked for more. And is currently bragging to J. about how he tried it! He even asked me what the green stuff was (parsley in the breading) and was ok with it when I said it was part of the spices that made it crispy and tasty. Usually green is a stopper 🙂
Maybe 5 is the magic age.