Anyone Hungry?

by beagoodmom on February 19, 2007

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When the kids were 12-24 months old, I fed them all sorts of things they will never eat again, Here is a partial list:

  • Avocado Muffins
  • Pureed Prunes on Toast
  • Oatmeal cooked with pureed watermelon instead of water
  • Carrot Juice Jello Jigglers
  • Mashed Sweet Potato, Pineapple and Walnut Souffle
  • Cooked Spinach and Cream Cheese on Crackers
  • Soy Milk, Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothies

I had a 3 inch thick binder full of these type of recipes. I prided myself on being able to cook just about anything into a muffin or a pancake (Kiwi, Sweet Potato, Zuchini, Cheese.) I tried several new recipes a week. I made it. They ate it. We had an agreement. It was great..because I was in charge.

I’ll admit it, it was more fun for me when they didn’t know they had options. Now they know that spaghetti does come without sauce. They know you can take apart a sandwich and peel off the tomatoes. We try not to make a big deal about it. We just offer them what we want them to eat, and if they refuse, there are no other options until the next meal. If they take apart the sandwich, we don’t yell.

Food stress is a huge thing for a kid. We try not to make it any worse, but we do long for the days when they ate anything we put in front of them. I got tired of throwing away whole batches of Tomato and cheese muffins, so I stopped making them. I think I will again soon though. I kept the binder, just in case. Maybe the kids will surprise me. They do really like my pumpkin pudding.

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