RE: Best recipes for kids?
Posted Monday, September 27, 2010 at 1:06 PM
Try the cheesy sauce recipe posted somewhere on this forum - it's awesome for mac & cheese. Toss in some veggies and make a one pot casserole of it (most frozen veggies like broccoli or peas take the same amount of cooking time as pasta so you can cook it all together then drain and add the sauce).
Don't know that I can be all that much help - my 12 yr old has always loved veggies. People would get a kick out of seeing him roaming around at social gatherings munching on raw red bell pepper strips or chunks of broccoli. Then they'd ask how we "got him" to eat veggies - we didn't, we just never made him not like them.
A big thing for a 5 yr old is to include him in the process. Include him in picking out the recipes, the ingredients, doing the shopping, doing the cooking, etc. A must-have for kids in the kitchen is one of those wire egg slicers. That can be used to slice mushrooms, cooked potato chunks, strawberries, kiwi, avocado (if it's on the slightly firm side), etc - anything that is about the size and firmness of a hard boiled egg. The wire cannot cut skin so it's really safe and easy to use. Working side by side, you doing heavy duty slicing (like slicing carrots) while he tears up lettuce or smashes avocadoes or whatever is a great thing.
Also, keep in mind that kids don't always get hungry to the extent or on the timetable of adults. Having quick fruit and veggie snacks available is helpful. And, some kids get overwhelmed with too many different foods on the plate at one time. Serving one or two items at a time, then letting him ask for more of something or some other food can be helpful. Allowing him to taste a bite from your plate (so he doesn't see the 'new' food on his plate and shy away totally) can help as well.