After writing posts like this and this, where I bragged about what a great eater Lila is…it’s official: we’ve hit a major picky eating spell. We’ve had some really tough dinners lately—while Ryan and I loved that pot roast that I made the other night, Lila barely ate two bites, and threw a HUGE fit about not wanting to eat…wait for it…a bite of potato. Literally—ONE bite of potato. I’m talking knock-down drag-out temper tantrum. Hashtag fun times. Hashtag blessed.
Ryan and I have talked about different strategies for dealing with this—Lila has been snacking a lot and drinking a lot of milk in the afternoons, so we’re going to try to cut back on that. I think that sometimes she just really isn’t hungry for dinner, and therefore isn’t going to try it—however tasty it is.
This afternoon, we gave her a much smaller afternoon snack. After a little bit of whining and begging for potato chips, she gave up and we went on a walk together. When we returned home, she helped me make our dinner side dish: mashed cauliflower and broccoli. I cooked the veggies in chicken stock and then pureed them in the food processor. Lila then helped me to “mash” them and we stirred in parmesan cheese, butter, and garlic salt:
This was really tasty—a healthier alternative to traditional mashed potatoes. And, I don’t know if it was the long afternoon walk or the fact that she helped me with the cooking, but Lila ate a bunch of it, happily. She also called it “frog mush”—whatever works.
Any tips for happy family meals? We’ve had too many lately that have ended in tears.