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My Vegetarian Family

My Mother Opines 
Jan. 12, 2009 12:40 pm 
Updated: Jan. 15, 2009 2:36 pm
Last night at dinner, my mother told us (me, Tom and the our two kids) that she believed my siblings children ate more fruits and vegatables than mine did - and ours is the vegetarian family. At first I spluttered and flailed for reasons why this is not true - my mother lives in Texas and does not see the kids more than a week or two a year during which all food rules are suspended, it is winter and we are trying to eat (more) locally, she still has not gotten over the kids not liking the (wonderful!) black-eye pea and kale soup she made last week... I could go on; my powers of defensive justification are extensive.

However, my mother is often right. Her powers of observation are extensive (that is her super power). So... I am back on the 5-a-day harping my family enjoys so much. I will be counting every serving.

I think my mother's main point was that the other children eat a wider variety of fruits and vegetables. I think this may be my fault. Children eat what they are used to, and I am (or was) perfectly happy with the variety they are eating - lettuce and spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, red peppers, potatoes, carrots, bananas, oranges, grapes, apples, pears, berries and watermelon. It is winter, so we are mostly eating lettuce and spinach, broccoli, carrots, oranges, apples, pears, and frozen blueberries.

I am now on a mission to find good ways to introduce children to new foods. I have not tried the introduce-it-three-times idea. I have to admit I don't think that is going to work. ( I usually just consider myself lucky if I get to eat all the delicata squash). I am willing to try anything. Well... not anything. I am stubbornly resisting the idea to offer food rewards (dessert) for good eating habits at mealtime. This is my mother's idea.
Jan. 13, 2009 11:04 am
My childer youngest of three children is 19. I used to reward good eating with a small-size reeses. Well, my oldest son found my stash one day, ate the whole bag, and promptly threw up all over his bedroom. No point, just reminded me of this story. Good luck with your kids.
Jan. 13, 2009 12:33 pm
LOL I'll be using this as an example to counter my mother's arguments. Just because her six children have good eating habits (and slept through the night from the age of 3 months), she thinks she has all the answers. (I am really tired of her being right all the time.)
Jan. 15, 2009 2:36 pm
Ahhh, the mother voice that stays with us for days....And our mothers that raised more than 2 kids (9) tend to believe that they know as much as the pediatricians. My son is vegetarian and I so often get lectured especially if he doesn't take a serving of every veggie or fruit that is offered with a meal. He is just fine and healthy but that's moot with good old mom! Keep us posted on how your mission is going. And BTW I think you have a GREAT variety already!
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About Me
My cooking experiences include creating seasonal menus for preschools, owning a catering company, and developing recipes for children with phenylketoneuria. I started cooking working alongside three generations of my Greek family on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
My favorite things to cook
We get a farm share in the summer, and I love cooking spontaneously based on what I find in the box each week. In general these turn out to be Mediterranean-style dishes, like my chard recipe.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking with my family is my favorite tradition. I involve my family in the process including planning, shopping, and cooking. My eldest child, Eamon has many ideas for meals and snacks. These are usually dishes that that he loves, and I have made only once or twice because of the time involved. However, he really loves Olive Puffs. He made several batches, froze them, and then I helped him bake them for parties throughout December. He was happy with the results, and even took them to a school party. I think the teachers ate them. This weekend, my 3 year old and I made pizza dough. He loves the mixer. His contribution consisted of adding scoops of unmeasured water and flour to the bowl. He loved this. Luckily he only partially filled the 1/8 cup measure each time, allowing him to add many scoops while not changing the proportions much. Later he mixed shredded cheese, flour, and salt (he loves the salt shaker) in a cast iron pan while I prepped the pizzas. The kitchen was a mess.
My cooking triumphs
Learning that the simplest recipes are usually the best. OK - really - I think I make a terrific fig jam. My hummus is also pretty tasty. Both of these recipes use fewer than 5 ingredients. See, simplest is best.
My cooking tragedies
Too many to count - bread not rising, bread rising too much; jam never setting up, jam burning - you get the picture.
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