Thursday, April 29, 2010

Feeling Like The Lunch Lady?

Today while Amelia was in preschool I took the boys to the local library for the baby story time. We met a mom of twin boys who are just a couple weeks younger than the boys.

As we were chatting she asked what kinds of things the boys like to eat these days. Then she sighed and said, "I just feel like I serve them the same things all the time."

I laughed and assured her that every mom feels like that.

I often feel like the school lunch ladies I grew up with. They served the same dozen or so meals over and over. Monday? Tater tot hot dish. Wednesday? Hamburgers. Friday? Must be pizza day! I'll bet the lunch ladies got bored with the predictability of it, too.

So let's shake it up a bit. Swap some ideas. Your "same old things" might be new to me! What do you feed your kids? (Suzy, I'm hoping you'll post your rice pudding recipe!)

As for us, right now at almost 19 months, my boys like avocado, peas, sweet potatoes, cooked carrots, blueberries (they LOVE blueberries!), chicken, scrambled eggs with cheese and broccoli, rice, and noodles of any kind including spinach ravioli -- especially with red sauce. They are crazy about bananas, eating 14 in 48 hours recently. The boys also like hot dogs (I buy nitrate-free turkey dogs), hummus and asparagus, too.

My theory is that the more different foods I feed my kids now, the more likely they are to enjoy a wide variety of foods as they get older. It has worked pretty well with Amelia, who loves red peppers and eats guacamole and asparagus without protest.

Plus the sooner everyone eats the same thing, the better off I will be, since I'm the one cooking! Amelia almost always eats what Jeff and I eat, and I've been starting to try the boys out on some dishes. The other night I made jambalaya and pulled some out for the kids before I added all the heat to it. I was thrilled when everyone ate it! 

So, how about you? What do your kids eat? What are some of your favorite meals and snacks? Do tell. We're all ears!

© Trippin' Mama 2010


Stacia said...

Your repertoire puts mine to shame, so I feel like I shouldn't even be allowed to comment! My son, who ate every vegetable presented to him for the first year and a half of his life, is now on a vegetable strike. My daughter likes only peas, carrots, and broccoli. Seeing as how the kiddos eat what we eat or they go hungry, I wonder some days how they manage to have any meat on their bones at all. Oh, to be able to serve guacamole and not have tears shed!

Anonymous said...

I'm not a parent but my niece is a new one. A tip that her doctor shared is if she doesn't like it now try it again in a week. She may like it then, and keep trying it if necessary.

Christy AKA Trippin' Mama said...

Stacia, I think my day is coming for the veggie (or other food) strike, too. This morning one of the boys suddenly refused to eat bananas. I'm sure that's because I blogged about it!

The challenges will continue unabated.


susie said...

Lately, I'm loving turkey BLTs with guac and whipped cream cheese - soo good! I don't feed it to my baby though... :)

Suzy said...

I feel like I serve the same things, too! Which is why I love it when my mom is here (as she is now) ... she cooks all sorts of new things for the kids to try. The latest crazes are bread pudding and avocado/cream cheese sandwiches.

And here is the link to our favorite rice pudding recipe: Everyone loves it ... you get grains, dairy, and even iron from the raisins, with only a small amount of sugar! This pudding is also excellent for teaching spoon skills.