Today my boys have left-over spicy Mexican. Joe gets mince and rice and Max black beans and rice.
Over time I've realised a weird contradiction with a lot of my hesitant eaters. Yes the pasta must be plain, plain, plain but then they are really fond of a strong flavour in another food.
There are lots of hesitant eaters who love random strong flavours like lime, blue cheese or olives.
Don't be afraid to use the herbs and spices as often something tasting great is much more important than desperately trying to create only bland meals.
Joe's class were having a shared "Thanksgiving" lunch today so I decided on a vegan turkey ;)
We all eat with our eyes and having something that is visually appealing is a big step forward in getting kids eating.
No one is expecting a Mona Lisa at every meal time. However, it's surprising how much more likely kids are to eat if they can look at the food and suspend thoughts surrounding the ingredients ....
Have you tried a show-stopping snack/lunch/dinner?
The boys have Red Dragon Pie today. It's a fab vegetarian dish where beans are mixed with a rich sauce and then baked under mash.
I have added some chunky home-made sauce to go with it and give it a flavour boost.
They will swimming some extra laps today!
Have you tried a hot lunch yet?
My boys have one most days, I just send whatever is on the plate in a food thermos with a cheap metal spoon (as they are not always boomerangs ...)
OK so who doesn't like crepes?!!?
Maybe not stuffed with fresh salmon and spinach but they are so versatile you can add your filling of choice. I have a lovely cooking student who decided they were the bomb with cheese and Vegemite. And that is cool.
Try some new lunch ideas out at home and then see if they transition well to school.
Max saw the pancakes in the fridge and immediately his eyes went wide and he asked were they getting them for lunch and if so when.
Which is another benefit of crepes. I cooked them Wed and they are lunch today, Friday.
What do you reckon?
I wanted to give you the chance to register for our Pilot “Intensive Workshop for Parents”. It would normally be charged at $ 250.00 but for this one only we have a very special price of only $ 150.00 per family (parents only!).
Who this is for:
- Parents who are struggling to feed their kids veg, new foods, family foods
What you will learn:
- Reducing stress at the dinner table
- Widening the variety of foods your child/children will eat
- How to introduce new foods
- How to address negative behaviour at the table
- How to serve only one meal per night
- What to do if foods are refused
- How to teach your children to eat appropriately
- Portion sizes
- Swapping in nutrient dense foods
What you will take-away:
- An individual plan for you and your family
- A firm understanding of how to approach mealtimes/feeding and your child
- A review of your child’s current diet and suggestions on how to improve it
- 30 minutes Q & A and troubleshooting
- It will be a one-off intensive workshop. You will both plan for your child and hear plans for other parents
Should you participate in the Intensive Workshop you will be armed with the information needed to make substantial changes to your family’s approach and success with feeding.
Who it is not for:
- Kids who have extreme eating issues (very selective diets/extreme anxiety or sensory issues)
We have other programs that are more appropriate for families who have more severe eating challenges (contact me if you would like to discuss)
If you feel that you have additional hurdles or would like meal plans/ongoing support/individual coaching then please contact me to discuss one of the other programs available. See here for details of the popular 6-week Program … 6 Week Program
I have attached a flyer with details. Please contact me should you have any questions.
Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis.
Contact me for registration/more info. Judith@theconfidenteater.com
Well yesterday was a bit mad for me and I reached dinner knowing I hadn't planned anything for Max (unusual for me as I am normally really organised - I blame it on the lack of sleep after the midnight earthquake wiggles!)
I had our dinner ready to roll with root veg from the night before and beans and asparagus to quickly steam. I also had a mini roast beef that I knew I could cook in 30 mins.
But what to do for Max who has chosen not to eat meat?
With the clock ticking I suddenly had a brainwave and decided on a cheese and spinach soufflé. Which sounds ever so posh and complicated but in reality was eggs, grated cheese, some seasoning and chopped veg baked in the oven.
Following one of my core mantras - cook once and eat thrice - I made a raft of them which made today's lunches super easy as both boys could take two in their thermoses!
Do you have last minute brainwaves?
As Wellington was rocking and rolling most of the night due to some pretty severe earthquakes much of the city is closed today.
This means I had two delighted boys celebrating their extra "holiday" .. until I handed them the jobs list!
It also meant no lunchbox packing for me - yes - so I just served pretty much what would have gone to school.
Even for my kids, having lunch at home makes it easier for them to eat. Less distractions, more time and comfortable surroundings. This is why I often pack mini-sized things in the lunchbox so they can grab and go.
Have you tried downsizing to get things eaten?
Most parents are also part-time chauffeurs these days! Dashing from swimming to soccer to dance.
Providing something nutritious whilst we're out can be a challenge and is often where packets creep in for "convenience". Unfortunately the packets are not where the good stuff is hidden.
Check out the article at the Healthy Food Guide for some inspiration .... http://www.healthyfood.co.nz/blogs/the-art-of-nutrition/2016/november/08/snacks-on-the-go
I'm a firm believer in "setting kids up for success". Giving them something that they love in the lunchbox is a great way to get it emptied.
I use a thermos most days so I can avoid the sandwich trap and use food I've already cooked for dinner (it may have been prepared previously and frozen) and so not have to do much in the mornings.
Here Joe is getting a slab of lasagne which is vegetarian (so Max can eat as well) which he will be quite happy to discover in the thermos.
It's warm, it's filling and it's tasty. What's not to love?!
Have you tried warm pasta if that's your child's favourite food?
Last night I was privileged to join the Mother's on a Mission healthy lunchbox tour.
According to Claire the most asked question after 4 cities has been "yes but how do you get the kids to actually eat it?"
It was a great opportunity for me to chat to parents who were struggling a little and set up some meetings to see if we can resolve feeding issues easily.
I will be following up with some intensive workshops for parents. 2 1/2 hour, 4 parents, plans specific to your family dynamics in a supportive, collaborative environment. It is the perfect way to get you well on your way to relaxed family eating before the Christmas madness hits.
Special prices prior to official launch. Contact me now if you're interested Judith@theconfidenteater.com
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.