Many of my friends are getting married and having children, and quite unexpectedly (but naturally), I have become more interested in cooking meals for their kids as they ask for my help. I hope to have children of my own some day and I want to give them the best food and instill the best habits in them when they are young. I have a few tricks up my sleeve (being a chef), which I hope will be useful to you!
This recipe is kid-friendly and parent-approved. My father has a healthy palate, but other members of my family can be particularly picky when they find I have hidden tofu or some other ingredient in their lasagna. Of course, I tell them later, after they have approved of the dish. This revelation is usually followed by laughter, or “I knew something was different about it.” I am experimenting at making crowd-pleasing healthy food, and I have some more tricks that may satisfy even the most picky eater! However, food tricks are not always the answer. Written by a mom and registered dietitian, this article will help you decide when to be sneaky.
Of course, I know it’s not just about what you or your kids are eating, but how you are eating and how much. When I was young, it was important in my family to sit down at the table each night for dinner and talk about our day, which I take for granted these days being constantly on the move! Setting the table and involving the kids in the activity is another great way to signify the importance of eating together that will make the meal more gratifying. Instilling the value of a proper meal is one of the most important things a parent can do for their child. Growing up with this ritual, I find more happiness in sitting with friends or family for a meal, instead of snacking or even sneaky snacking. It provides a little delayed gratification, which can sound very “old world” or stuffy to Americans but can really be a positive habit for a child to develop to improve areas of their life as they grow up: everything ranging ranging from personal relationships to food to achieving goals.
This great, simple recipe makes fabulous bright-green eggs for a real-life addition to the reading of “Green Eggs and Ham,” by Dr. Seuss for Earth Day, St. Patrick's day, or any other day you feel especially green! The best part of this recipe is kids can help out, by pushing the button on the immersion blender or stuffing the spinach into the container for the blender.
Special Note: If you are really dedicated to feeding your children healthy food that also tastes (and looks) kid-friendly, your best bet is to invest in an immersion blender kitchen appliance for about $20. It's the easiest way to puree foods and to blend into sauces and make vegetables look smooth and to get rid of lumps in gravies and sauces.
Servings: serves 2 kids