Friday, April 11, 2008
on the menu
If I knew then, what I know now....
I have spent so much time worrying about what Lulu eats.
Does she eat enough?
Is she getting enough variety in her diet? enough protein? (the child really isn't a fan of meat)
enough fibre? enough fruit and veg? enough water?
She isn't what I would call a picky eater, but she definitely knows what she does and doesn't like.
Her favourite meal at the moment is edamame, brown rice (with bragg spray), tofu, miso soup and avocado.
She requests it almost daily.
oh and she likes a sip or two of green tea with it.
aside from Terroni she always asks to go out for sushi when it comes to choosing a restaurant.
I can't believe that we often let our two (almost three) year old decide where we eat out..
For breakfast it's cantaloupe, honeydew melon, strawberries with cottage cheese, sliced almonds and a bit of honey and a dash of cinnamon and either a blueberry flax waffle or french toast.
on busy mornings she's happy with a bowl of oatmeal and an orange juice and half a banana.
She loves broccoli with shaved parmesan cheese, steamed cauliflower with olive oil, capers, celery, roasted red peppers, and olives. She calls it her favourite cauliflower salad that I make.
Yay, she likes my cooking!!
Homemade soup and whole-wheat wraps are always good.
Hummus and pita, grapes, carrot sticks, almonds, dried cranberries and apricots, cheese and crackers, apple slices are often the snack of choice.
Last night she had papardelle pasta with home-made spinach pesto and pinenuts and it was a hit.
She wasn't into eating the mixed cherry tomato salad with fresh basil and balsamic vinegar.
but she did lick the Maldon Sea salt from each tomato.
Tonight she had couscous with chickpeas, apricots, roasted almonds cucumbers and smoked tofu.
Couldn't convince her to eat the slow cooked chicken that went in the tagine.
Too bad it was excellent- though admittedly a bit on the spicy side.
She loves her pesto pizza or marinara pizza on Fridays with a glass of her all time fav Sanpellegrino-Aranciata.
I confess I love it too.
though we do try to keep that special for Friday nights only.
I remember as a kid being allowed to have pop and chips (or cheesies, or doritos...yummmm) on Friday night and it was such a treat.
So the point is, that I'm so happy that she is really starting to expand her palate and try new things.
It took a while, but I feel like we have arrived.
Maybe I can finally stop stressing so much (even if we think she is a vegetarian)
The petite-gourmand at last!