It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Menu Monday

Monday: Tabouli, devilled eggs

Tuesday: Spaghetti with meatless ‘meat’balls and eggplant-tomato sauce

Wednesday: Grilled cheese sandwiches, cooked carrot sticks

Thursday: Fish-spinach curry on rice

Friday: mashed potato pie with vegetable-lentil filling (Sort of like a reverse shepherd’s pie: the mashed potato is the crust at the bottom, the meat-vegetable filling on top. Only in this case, there’s no meat, but lentils.)

As ever, recipes are yours for the asking!

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July 9, 2012 - Posted by | food |

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  1. I just had a 4 year old little boy start who has stayed home with mum till this point. I serve rather regular items for lunch, such as spaghetti with meat sauce, chicken, mixed veggies, roast beef, etc….And lots of variety of fruits for snacks. He doesn’t like anything, his mother even suggested he bring his own lunch because he’s used to sandwiches, yogurt, cheese for lunch. I told her no to bringing his own lunch as everyone here has the same thing and it wouldn’t be fair for others to have to try foods when he’s got a yogurt. He turns his nose up at everything. So, my question is, what do you do if the children don’t like what you have served? You serve more unusual types of foods. Have you ever had a parent protest? My policy is that you must eat your veggies and drink your milk. And you must try a bite of everything else, and if you still don’t like it that’s fine, but you don’t get anything different. It’s a child’s choice to go hungry till the next time we eat. Your thoughts?

    It’s things like this that make me dislike taking on children that old. So many bad habits to break! Good for you for refusing to let him bring his own lunch. (The fact that his mother would suggest this goes a long way to explaining why he doesn’t like to try new foods!)

    My policy is very similar to yours. They are expected to eat one bite of new foods — no deciding you don’t like something without tasting it! A disliked food will still appear in future meals, because “you never know! your tummy and tongue might learn to like it!” Apart from the one requisite bite of a new food, they are always allowed to choose not to eat.

    I’ve never had a parent object. Most of my parents are delighted at what their children eat at my home. (Some are bemused and astounded, but I’ve never had any objections.) I encourage the parents to take the same approach re food: you get what you get, no substitutes. Those that do soon find the child eating pretty much everything at home, too. Those that don’t … well, at least the child eats well at my place! 😉

    If you check the category list in the right sidebar, you’ll see one called “food”. I’ve written a goodly number of posts on the subject!

    Comment by Laura | July 11, 2012 | Reply


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