I don’t have much of an appetite today as I watch the economy go down the toilet. (Thanks a lot stupid irresponsible mortgage lenders, people who rack up massive debts they can’t afford, wars that suck up all our extra cash, and others who are helping drag everybody else down with them!) The last thing on my mind right now is a recipe.
I wish I could be as blissfully unconcerned as my three-year-old. She rarely turns down a yummy treat. In fact, some friends of ours at a New Years Eve party were commenting on how varied her palate is. She likes everything from hummus and pesto to mussels and sushi. One couple at the party told us about a young nephew who will only eat Target spaghetti Os and KFC mashed potatoes. Recently, I heard about another tyke who would only eat food cut into triangle shapes.
Now, I gotta blame that last one in particular on the parents. Somewhere along the line, somebody started cutting that child’s food into triangles and the enabling began. By contrast, it is a rare day at my house when I fix something for my daughter that is different from what the rest of us are having. If she doesn’t like what’s on her plate, she doesn’t have to eat it, but I don’t jump up to make her a hotdog. Dinner is dinner. If you’re still hungry afterward, you can have a snack before bed.
I know I’m lucky that we don’t have any major allergies in the family. And I know some kids are just the way they are. If your child really is in danger of starving without those Target spaghetti Os, then you’ve got to make sure s/he doesn’t collapse on your watch. But I do like to celebrate little ones who aren’t afraid of edamame and who’ll tuck into a mild curry without fear.
So tell me, WMAGs, what unexpected foods does your little one like to eat? What’s his or her favorite “exotic” dish?