Got Yourself a Picky Eater?

Try a Black Bean, Corn and Blueberry Salad, Mom.
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It seems like every family has at least one picky eater. We know that to be truth because in our family, we were that special child. Still push certain things like lima beans off to one side of the plate.

But take heart, Millennial Parental Unit, because Fred and Friends’ Dinner Winner tray is here to save the day. How, you ask? Why, but “turning eating into a fun race to a surprise finish.”

The melamine dish is sectioned to resemble a game board, with each section holding “a few nibbles.” And at the end of the meal the kiddo (of any age, because these are cool!) gets to peek inside the last, lidded spot that stays closed until the “big end-of-meal reveal.” The site is, God love ‘em, http://www.fredandfriends.com/buy-fred/, and the tray is $20 well spent.

Another fun site is http://www.perpetualkid.com/dinner-winner-plate.html. Explore the whole site when you need a laugh; we’re thinking a pantsuited Hillary action figure is a must-have.

Not all kids like salads. If this comes as a surprise to you, you do not have kids. So perhaps you’re in the wrong EdgyPlate category…

But for us parents, the fact that lettuce and crunchies and dressing do not a thrill produce for some kids is not earth-shaking news. Still, we want the little buggers to eat their greens. What to do?

Bring home some interesting greens for starters. Or grow your own, with color, shape, texture in mind.

Try a few different serving modes, like mini salad bar. Set out a variety of makings and oils, seasonings, etc. See what they come up with on their own.

And by all means go all mad scientist on them: “Experimenting with salad dressings is a fun way to break the routine in your salad making and introduce your children to new flavors, aromas and textures. And a sure way to incentivize them to taste your offerings is to give them an opportunity to “rate” them on a simple chart like the one below.” Visit http://tribecanutrition.com/2013/03/salad-dressing-taste-test/ for more.

There are less devious strategies as well, such as allowing the kid to dip in salad dressing. Double-dipping permitted.

With some picky eaters, you can increase interest by renaming food. Bunny food. Lizard leaves. Power greens.

Add fruit to greens. The colors are good, and the flavors, if you play your creative cards right, can hook ‘em. There are a gajillion sites to help, and we like http://jillcastle.com/2013/03/7-ways-child-eat-salad-organic-girl-giveaway/

And here’s an absolutely crazygood recipe that, if the kids don’t like it, oh well… more for us!! It’s at http://www.inhabitots.com/seasonal-summer-salad-black-bean-corn-and-blueberry/

Black Bean, Corn and Blueberry Salad

Ingredients:

1 c blueberries

Kernels from 1-2 ears corn

1 can black beans, rinsed

Vinaigrette:

2 Tbs olive oil

1 tsp balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp salt

Juice from ½ lime

2 Tbs chopped cilantro

 

Directions:

Steam or boil the corn kernels until crisp tender. Let cool.

Put in a bowl with blueberries and black beans. Toss gently to mix.

Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and lime juice. Pour over berries, beans, and corn.

 

 

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