If you have read any of my other blog posts, you know that I like to cook for my friends. I love having my other mom friends over for lunch and trying out new recipes on them. Recently my friend Heidi and I were sitting down for lunch after we had fed the kiddos. I hadn’t fixed anything fancy, just a nice salad with some shredded rotisserie chicken, a bunch of veggies, some strawberries and some goat cheese. The salad dressing was my favorite, Marston’s San Pasqual, a dressing that we can get at my favorite store here in Gig Harbor, Harbor Greens.
As usual, I was slightly embarrassed at my lack of creativity in feeding the children. This particular day was grilled cheese, only a tiny bit more impressive than the usual PB and J. Heidi and I were about halfway finished with our salads when my oldest son Cole decided to climb up on my lap and help me eat my lunch. Not to be outdone, Heidi’s daughter Maddie did the same with her mother. Then my youngest son Garrett decided to climb up on my other knee and help out. Not only did the kids eat the salads, they were very enthusiastic about them!
I’m not sure how many times I’ve been on my soapbox encouraging parents to feed their children healthy meals. It’s easy to talk about it. On the other hand, it is very easy to fall into the trap of feeding the kids macaroni and cheese and hot dogs, dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets, and tater tots. Before my first son was born I was certain he would only get nutritious foods and I would be outstanding at my healthy parenting skills. Not surprisingly, I am in the same boat as every other parent trying to fix dinner quickly and get the kiddos to eat.
Here’s the deal, though. Don’t ever assume because something is not a “kid food” your kids won’t eat it. They may surprise you. Do you know what I fixed my family for dinner tonight? Huge salads with shredded rotisserie chicken, lots of veggies, strawberries and goat cheese. Also my favorite dressing. The kids were so excited about it! I also took a stab at making homemade dinner rolls, which apparently were okay, because the boys each ate one.
My boys surprised me tonight. They are pretty good eaters, most of the time. But, like every other kid, they have some days where they will eat really well, and other days where nothing but mac and cheese makes them happy. I’m hoping this will become a weekly or bi-weekly dinner tradition in the Fischer house.
Try feeding your kids something new. They may not like it the first time, but you know how they are. One week later you might present them with the exact same thing and they will think it is amazing! Don’t give up!
Here's a pic of my kiddos happily eating their salads
And here is the video I took for proof!