Enough of you lovely readers have asked for recipes, I realized it was time to acquiesce. The recipes posted on here will be recipes I make at home for my family. My general rule of thumb with my kids is that I choose breakfast, they choose lunch (within reason), and I choose dinner. I always give Emmett & Hugh what Joe and I are eating. My recipes don't have a lot of spice for this reason, however I do sometime add some to the adult dishes.
Typically I take Emmett and Hugh with me food shopping so that they can point out vegetables and fruit that they want to try. My general rule with food is that most items in our house are fresh. We have crackers (typically Gluten Free) and pita chips (because my children are addicts and love them with Hummus), and we have freeze-dried fruit because they both love to snack on it but in general we avoid the pre-made food.
We buy predominantly organic food, pasture raised chickens and eggs (local eggs are best but Vital eggs are great), grass fed and finished beef and wild fish and grass fed, hormone free milk.
Someone asked about my kids favorite nutritious meals or snacks. Right now the both LOVE roasted chickpeas, Hummus, avocado edamame, apples, blueberries, yogurt, and freeze-dried fruit, steak, pistachios, walnuts, almonds.
My general rule is that everyone must take one bite of each component part of a meal before deciding whether they will eat it or not. Once and awhile Emmett refuses to taste something (he really dislikes eggs so anything with eggs he avoids) and I pick and choose when I enforce this.
I found that the kids are more likely to eat dinner if they get only a small snack in-between lunch and dinner (some yogurt, an apple, etc...).
Sometimes recipes will be my own, sometimes based on recipes in cookbooks (I'll let you know whose)!
Hi! I'm a health food trained chef, living with three children and my husband . . . sharing some ideas with people in hopes of bringing delicious ideas into their kitchen and pushing them gently to come up with simple and delicious meals for themselves.