My daddy is a fantastic cook and I’m following his footsteps!
Today I decided to make him a special breakfast: A plate consisting of corn, a slice of bagel and one strawberry. I know it seems a bit odd for grown-ups, but not so much for tots like me! I love being creative and that includes experiencing with food!
I’m well aware that I have lots to learn to be just as great of a cook as daddy, but don’t you agree that I’m at least on the right track?!
PS: I love you, daddy (or as I pronounce it: I lah you, daddy)!
Are you cranky or perhaps tired after a long day of work? I’m sure most parents are and children are NO exception!
We get fuzzy when it comes to dinner time too (for instance, I usually sit in a car seat for about 40min. before we get home to have dinner so, I don’t necessarily want to sit down again, duh!).
Yet I love it when we all come together around the table to enjoy a fabulous meal.
My last dinner was especially great because I got to feed my buddy Elmo! I love spaghetti – hence I didn’t want Elmo to miss out on this delicious supper! My parents started laughing hysterically because I gave them quite a performance – with sound effects (“Nom, Nom!”) and everything!
And this, my dear readers, is what dinner should be all about! A time for family to reconnect. To share laughter and stories while enjoying a precious meal together.
As parents you already know that we have our own set of love languages and even, though it might be difficult for you to identify them every now and then, please, read on because I’m giving our toddler secrets away!
First of: Be assured that no one (!), really no one – is more important than mommy and daddy. I feel the most secure with my parents.
Every time I discover something new, such as: “Mommy look! Two birdies!” – it really just means: Give me your attention! I want to share my discovery with you because I love you!
Sometimes – and I must admit – I throw a fit in the mornings because I don’t want to get ready but instead I want to be held by my parents. There’s nothing more I enjoy but to cuddle with them!
Name me one toddler who isn’t a messy eater! Well, I certainly am at given times and you know what? I LOVE to explore and experiment with food and while I create a mess I really just want to share my pleasure with my parents!
Usually when veggies are served straight up on my plate, I will simply push them aside. So, my parents have to come up with fun ideas to get me to eat vegetables! Last week we went to Chili’s and they ordered corn for me…and I ate the whole thing, OK…almost! I heard corn is considered a vegetable, though!
What made me eat it?!
Well, simply put: The corn was on a stick! I could easily get a firm grip on it and off I went…Yum!
1 large onion or 2 small, cut into 1-inch dice
2 large carrots, cut into 1/2-inch dice
3 ribs celery, cut into 1-inch dice
4 cloves garlic
Extra-virgin olive oil, for the pan
3 pounds ground chuck, brisket or round or combination
2 cups tomato paste
3 cups hearty red wine
3 bay leaves
1 bunch thyme, tied in a bundle
1 pound spaghetti
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
High quality extra-virgin olive oil, for finishing
How do you encourage healthy eating in toddlers? Picky eating is quite common with us but my parents decided (and I couldn’t agree with them more!) that it’s best if I decide what food I want to eat. You probably wonder: “How is that possible”? Well, simply put: I eat when I’m hungry. I might be a little toddler but we do have a natural ability to sense when we’re are hungry and when we’re full. My parents are positive role-models when it comes to eating a healthy and balanced diet as well (remember, they just bought a juicer!). They make eating vegetables FUN! For instance, last night I ate carrots and dipped it in hummus! D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! I love to explore food by touching it and making a mess!
I enjoy our family dinners tremendously – I watch mommy and daddy how they eat and try to copy them every once in a while. That being said: It is important to keep mealtimes relaxed. You don’t want to force your child to eat but instead offer encouragement and let them take the lead.
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