July 18, 2011
I know what you're probably thinking, "PEAS? There's no way my kids will eat peas, let alone a salad." Well, I'm going to put forth a challenge to you. I'm willing to wager that if you get your kids involved in making this delicious dish with you, either shelling fresh peas or even defrosting frozen ones and then helping you toss all of the ingredients together, they will be excited about eating it (and their veggies in general).
My kids probably aren't that different than yours when it comes to being challenging about what they'll eat (and when they'll eat it). However, time and again I find that by just by letting them have a little independence in the kitchen and allowing them to take part in the cooking process with me -- instead of me just making their meal and putting it in front of them -- makes them have some pride of ownership over the food and embrace eating whatever it is we make together. It may not work on the first try, but don't give up. Eventually it catches on.
Now, what will be your grand prize should you choose to accept this challenge? A new car? A free getaway to Brazil? How about kids who want to eat their veggies....and actually think it's cool? That's better than a new car, isn't it?