August 31, 2011
One of the best parts about working (mostly) from home is that it rarely feels like work. So much of the fun of weelicious for me is not only being close to my kids but that I can actually let them participate in helping me create some of the recipes (whether you feel confident making a recipe that a 4 year old helped me to create is entirely up to you)!
I had been working on a recipe for zucchini cakes last week when Kenya came into the kitchen with his grandmother and asked me, "whatcha got" (translation: what are you making for me to eat)? I don't know why I always feel a little hesitant whenever I offer my kids something I made that contains a green vegetable. Even though I am beyond blessed with two great eaters, I somehow am still guilty of believing that all kids are pre-programmed to not like green veggies. Anyway, Kenya always tends to ask me what's in whatever it is I am offering him, and so I told him: parmesan (I always list the cheese first for him, no matter how little is in the recipe!), breadcrumbs, eggs and finally, under my breath I added "zucchini", to which he literally screamed, "I love zucchini".
Kenya took a taste and when I asked him what he thought it needed he said most matter of factly, "it needs some cheese on top". I guess it is worth trusting a 4 year old because just that extra sprinkle of cheese took these Zucchini Cakes from good to great. So great, in fact, that I didn't even get to serve them as I planned to at dinner that night because Kenya and his dad finished the entire recipe right then and there.
What's the lesson for me here? Giving your kids input into what you're making isn't such a bad idea. On the contrary, allowing them to feel like they contributed something to the dish can be a great way to let them feel some pride of ownership and inspire them to eat things you might have thought they would never be into!