Aww, I have the sweetest child in the world. My second son, AKA "the picky one" was so happy with dinner a couple of nights ago. He even told me he liked the little extra-lean ground turkey hamburgers I made "more than cookies" - that's high praise, coming from him. He really, really likes cookies. We don't have them too often, because we all really like cookies, if we're going to be honest. And he took a second helping! That has never happened at dinner before. He watched us happily finish our plates half full of vegetables and fruit, and ate up most of his too. We're still working on introducing fruit to his tastebuds. So far he acts like it tastes worse than children's anti-nausea medication. I mean, who doesn't like raspberries? Or oranges? Or grapes?
My second son's blood work confirmed he's marching towards anemia, so I've been working hard at providing foods I know he'll eat, a little less experimentation and test-kitchen projects. I'm fortunate that he likes meat- mostly ground cuts, but he also enjoys other kinds, if he's in the right mood. And because he'll eat anything if it's in soup, it looks like we're heading into soup season. Last night's dinner was vegetable and pork soup with navy beans. He gobbled it up. Luckily for us, we're not stuck in a perpetual heat wave like Southern California is, otherwise eating soup for dinner a couple of times a week would feel like a trial. Because it's almost winter here, soup is a comforting and welcome meal.
What have you been doing this week? I was fighting a cold and lack of sleep over the Thanksgiving weekend, so most of my week was spent catching up (still) on our California holiday laundry and housework, with generous room for naps, yoga, physiotherapy, coffee dates, and a car appointment. I found some time to follow rabbit trails on the internet this week regarding food and nutrition, and discovered this really interesting article about how France is introducing legislation to prevent supermarkets from deliberately spoiling foods. I am hopeful and optimistic that this sort of thing will come to North America, and soon.
I know I promised some school lunch posts. I'm working on photographing my favorites, and should have a post on that done by the end of October. What kinds of things are you putting in your lunches this year? Are you finding most of the food coming home, uneaten? Most of the meals I sent to school with both kids came home, so our lunches are a lot more lean than they were at the beginning of the school year.
This was a lunch I packed at the beginning of September for my second son, who's in grade 1. He likes all kinds of bread, so the pita bread was gone. He ate half the apples, a few carrots, and brought home the yogurt, because he decided he doesn't like it anymore.
Today he took a slim hamburger bun (the kind I use for my egg breakfast sandwiches), about 4 carrots, and a cheese string. It will be eaten in his 20 minute allotment. He'll come home from school ravenous, and eat a peanut butter sandwich and some apple slices, and then we'll eat dinner not too long after that.
My favorite school lunches are the ones that kids will eat! There a few exceptions, though. I won't buy "lunchables", those processed bento-box type meals, though on occasion will send to school a similar sort of homemade lunch. My first son was terribly picky too, so his lunches were also bare boned basics. Having gone through the picky kid thing before, though, I know my second will come around by the time he's out of elementary school, too.
More posts to follow soon, including the one I promised on school lunches, and on a great pizzeria we discovered just down from our hotel in Anaheim. I was sorting through my pictures and realized I forgot to tell you all about it!
All the best to you today, and this weekend, friends.