Kids can be picky eaters. What they like one day, they may not like the next.
Take for instance peaches. Come July and August, I get this crazy weird obsession about peaches. And usually end up buying a couple lugs.
With 10 mouths to feed five days a week, I sure thought these sweet treats would be gone quick.
I made a peach pudding, which I'll admit I majority ate myself, canned seven quarts and have enough left over to make and freeze two pies to take out and bake at a later date.
A few of the kids can't get enough of them. It's the first thing they eat on their plate.
Yet, one of the kids was more fascinated by the pit inside than the peaches themselves. Another wouldn't eat the red part of the fruit that attaches to the pit. Our son and another toddler both diced the peaches in their mouth and proceeded to spit them out. And our daughter would take a try-me bite and then be done.
I wasn't giving up.
I tried them on top of pancakes with whipped topping.
Peeled and sliced.
Chopped with a bit of sugar and served with a drizzle of cream.
However, I really wasn't making any headway with most of them.
The food program rep for my daycare once told me that kids sometimes need to try a food 10 different times before liking it. I thought that seemed a bit excessive, but it's really not the case.
And what confused me even more was when I served canned store-bought peaches in those little plastic cups, they all gobble them up.
Then we go to grandma and grandpa's house last weekend. My mom, too, had peaches.
She asked me, "Would Olivia like some with cream and sugar on?"
I looked at her and said, "No, that's alright. I can't get her to eat them."
That little girl that was just rough housing with the dogs, rearranging her Grandma and Grandpas house with a litter of toys, heard us talking and said, "Yes I do!"
And she licked the entire bowl clean.
Kids. I tell you.
Here's a few things I've tried to get the kids I feed eating a variety of fruits and veggies.
Blend it. I can usually get away with adding spinach to a fruit and yogurt smoothie.
Homemade kale and cauliflower fingers served with a marinara dipping sauce.
Add Ranch. Any raw vegetable that they can dip seems to go better with Ranch.
In eggs, add diced peppers, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and kale.
Add a little melted cheese, or better yet, let them sprinkle a little parmesan on top of those greens.
Let them eat them right out of the garden; blackberries, sugar snap peas, green beans, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots.
And one of my most recent favorites, I call it Cowboy Salsa. A mixture of corn, black beans, diced green peppers, onions and tomatoes, a little lime juice, salt and pepper and garlic powder. Serve with tortilla chips or a grilled chicken breast.
Most of all, don't give up. And most certainly don't start making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for one, a grilled cheese for the other and then the meal you intended on cooking. In my house, everyone eats the same meal. If you don't like it, tough luck, you wait until the next meal.