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I want to eat real food. I want my family to eat real food. Armed with this plan, I know I can do it. I am a real person, with real kids in a regular ol' kitchen cranking out dinner. Find out my inspiration for the menus, what's happening in my kitchen, and the achievements on the kid-friendly front.

The Kids are Watching...

2012-10-20 | 4 comments

I try to think about this all the time. They are watching all my choices. My choices with my time, my words, and yes, even my food. While they are not all great choices, at least a few include volunteering, being inclusive, saying thank you and cooking real food. Maybe you brought dinner to a friend. Or, picked up an extra carpool shift. Or, cleaned their rooms without mentioning it later. No matter what it was, they saw it.

I am not going to get all preachy or judgey here – I’m the girl that wore the same stinky clothes 3 days in a row to ensure my team’s victory in the MLB playoffs – but we, as a generation, need to be more cognizant of how we are making our meal choices – because they are watching. Encourage your kids to come into the kitchen when you are prepping dinner. Talk about the ingredients. Check them out in their natural state. Taste them cooked and raw (not the meat!!!). This week has some dishes that are easy to get the kids involved. Pesto BLT’s are a great one. Taste the pesto – what’s in it? What can you taste? Basil, garlic, pinenuts, olive oil – anything else?

One time, I bought a package of chicken. 2 breasts, 4 wings, 2 thighs, 4 drumsticks. What chicken has 4 wings and 4 feet? That’s whack. But, it was a launch pad for an enlightening conversation about where our food comes from. It doesn’t “come from the store.” My kids were clueless.

This Week’s Strategy Session:

  • Avocado – buy one that’s still hard as we don’t need it until Thursday
  • Wednesday’s salad dressing is a doubler for Thursday too. A little EVOO and vinegar will stretch it if you need it.

Now, if you are smart, you will inform your spouse of this Kids are Watching business and guilt them into doing the dishes. Just a thought…


Amy Willingham

2012-10-22 14:46:10

Gosh, this is such a great message and so true. It is a great reminder to be a better example especially with the holidays coming and all of the sweets that start to invade the house. When I think about the times that I do involve my girls in dinner and meal prep they always seem to be more excited about trying something new and actually have a better attitude about eating it. I promise to practice this all week and get them involved in making meals. I would love for them to actually get excited about making theri own lunch....well maybe that is wishful thinking.


2012-11-12 15:10:49

Love this! Great post!


2012-11-12 19:32:20

Back to work! (Grams voice)

Marianne Evans

2012-11-20 06:46:53

I just love this. Thanks for the reminder. And so happy that there is a forum for Mary Beth's wisdoms. Can't wait to start trying the recipes!n

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