G. has started snacking on apples. Real, whole apples. If you know my younger son or have been a reader here for a while, you know that we struggle mightily with making produce attractive to him. He’ll eat applesauce and a rare lettuce leaf or bit of celery, but there is no whole fruit or vegetable he will eat on a regular basis. Until now. When he first wandered over to the fruit bowl and took a bite of the glossy Red Delicious, I held my breath, afraid the spell would break and he’d realize what he was doing. But he kept eating, and munched away on a good third of the apple, skin and all. (I was secretly horrified at the waste of throwing away the rest of the fruit, but I know how to pick my battles!)
Since then I’ve bought smaller Macintosh apples to keep on the counter, and G. has continued grabbing them when he knows I will say “no” to a junkier snack that he’d prefer. Next thing you know, he’ll be requesting a tofu stir fry for dinner. OK, probably not. But it’s a step in the right direction towards broader food choices.
Monday: Greek Baked Beans, Italian bread, cheese (bumped again, I keep forgetting to soak the beans)
Tuesday: Roasted chicken drumsticks, roasted acorn squash, Oven-Baked Potato Chips (with less salt this time)
Wednesday: Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups, carrot & celery sticks
Thursday: Spaghetti & beef meatballs, sauteed eggplant, garden salad
Friday: Chicken soup with noodles, challah, farm share vegetables
Saturday: Eat out
Sunday: Mixed grill (cleaning out the freezer!): steak, hot dogs, and chicken plus vegetables
For more menu planning ideas, check out Laura at Organizing Junkie.