1. Heart health
2. The Word of Wisdom
I have made entirely delicious curry lentils, stir-fried tofu and vegetables, eggs, vegetable soups, black beans, navy beans, egg rolls, and fish. Unfortunately, my efforts have been met with resistance from the older two kids. A typical dinner time might go like this.
Mary: Eww, what's this?
Me: It's quinoa with salmon and broccoli.
Mary: Can I make myself a peanut butter sandwich?
Me: No, you can eat this with the rest of the family.
Mary: Mommmmm, I can't! This smells disgusting!
Me: Just try it. It's really good.
Mary: I can't! I'll just starve! And you'll feel bad that you tortured me to death with this meal.
Me: Hmmm, I don't think so. Listen, the salmon is crying, "Mary, please take a bite of me! I'm delicious! You're hurting my feelings!"
It hasn't really worked yet.
As for the other kids, Tyce never whines or complains--after the requisite 5 minutes he just puts his plate in the sink. The twins are picky on the best of days, so the vegetarian fare isn't any more rejected than non-vegetarian. (Two out of four of our kids actually do like fish. But four out of four reject lentils.)
I will say that my kids have a voracious appetite for all fruits and most raw vegeatables, which is why we are on a first-name basis with the produce manager at the grocery store.
I've heard it takes 21 (?) times to introduce a food to a child before they'll accept it, but I'm still frustrated because it is good, normal food that normal people like to eat. I know because I've asked Bryce, just to make sure someone else finds my offerings palatable. I am usually affirmed. He even gave a thumbs-up to the tofu stir fry. Tofu!
No one complains when I bake, and I'm not even that great of a baker. If it has sugar and butter in it, all the kids flock around me with praises and hugs. But these are the same kids who like Pop Tarts, so you know they're not too hard to please.
Well anyway, that's my woe for the day.
Now onto my next topic, the pressing question of the day.
Pressing Question of the Day: Does Santa deliver gifts wrapped or unwrapped?
What do you think? How does it work at your house? Is there a right answer?
P.S. I know.
And so does Donna.