You’ll soon discover that most of these lunches sound and look like lunches that you, the mom, would eat. That is no coincidence. I’m not a fan of kid food. I mean, what is that exactly? And who came up with it? The kids or us? At some point, someone decided that children only want to eat grilled cheese sandwiches, French fries, cheese quesadillas, corn dogs and cheese pizzas, and as a result that’s all you can find on a kids’ menu. So, guess what happened? It’s become the mainstay of many of their diets.

Nor do I believe in hiding pureed sweet potatoes, carrots or zucchini in my kids’ brownies. If it works for you, that’s great. But for me, I think if the dish is tasty enough kids will eat it. It might take a few tries, but delicious food doesn’t need to beg to be eaten. People—even children—will want to eat it. I also like for kids to see the beauty in their food in their whole state, whether that’s rainbow chard, an artichoke or dragon fruit. At some point, our kids have to know what they’re eating and what they should be eating. In my opinion, the sooner the better.

2 Comments to “Disclaimer”

  1. I love the idea of teaching kids that food CAN be beautiful – even if it’s not french fries and corn dogs – yuck!

    • Food IS beautiful, especially when it’s in its natural state. My kids insist that I buy rainbow chard instead of regular Swiss chard, because of how it looks, even though they taste exactly the same. I remember when S first asked me, “Is there food coloring in that rainbow chard?”

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