Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Mini Meals-Lunch for Bea
Each Wednesday I've been linking up on Lauren's blog, with two cats, for her Mini Meals posts. I love that she's doing this, it's given me a ton of great ideas to (hopefully) get out of our chicken nugget and pb&j rut.
The latest meal I'm posting is a lunch meal for Bea. Here we have falafel from Trader Joe's, pita chips (I toasted pita in the oven), red pepper hummus, cherry tomatoes and celery, and strawberries. For a child who refuses to eat her veggies Bea ate a ton of falafel. I'm suspecting she didn't know it was full of veggies. Whatever it takes, right?
A few other things that I've found work for us are limiting snacks and allowing Bea to help me prepare meals. It occurred to me a few weeks ago that maybe I had been offering up to much during snack time and she was filling up and that's why she wouldn't eat. So I pretty much stopped the pretzel goldfish snacking. Now if we have a morning snack it's something like dried apricots, and just a couple. I've already noticed a huge difference in her during meal times. And of course if she tells me she's hungry I offer her something to eat but for the most part she hasn't.
Also, a few weeks ago I had her help me make chocolate zucchini bread and since then every time I walk near the kitchen she comes running from the other room screaming 'I help mommy'. She has a little step stool from Ikea and we pull it over next to me and she watches as I cut things, she assists in throwing things in the trash, and she loves to stir and pour. As a bonus I've also noticed that she's started trying things while we're cooking that she wouldn't touch before. Like salmon cakes, mushrooms, and peppers.
Fingers crossed this isn't just a phase!