Here's a slideshow of our evening.
There are, as usual, captions if you watch the show from Picasa. But, I wanted to point out a few things that answer a question I received a few weeks ago.
Amy Kajeso asked: I don't have an atheist question I have a parenting one.
I'm pregnant. Due in February. You said the possums favorate
foods in the Duggar thread. How do you get them to eat new things?
My little brother was a picky kid at meals. I think I was to. How do
you get them to eat blueberries and chowders?
As you can see from my counter, we eat a lot of fresh food. I'm not into organic stuff, so much, as I want them eating fresh food. It has so much more nutrional bang for your buck. All of that you see on our counter, in addition to the fridge contents (blueberries, carrots, yogurt, dates, almonds, blackberries, pomegranates, artichokes, squashes) and the pantry (potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and garlic) will last us only three days. To feed four kids, we buy a lot of fresh produce. Because, if you stock the house with those foods and allow them to choose their snacks from that pool without question, then they seem really eager to eat it. None of the kids dislike fruits and veggies. Because, in some part, it was never an option to dislike them or they'd have gone hungry. LOL As for the chowders and whatnot - I'm not sure how we got so lucky to have kids with great pallettes. We eat a lot of fish (as you'll see in tonight's dinner prep pics). We eat a lot of soups because they're easy to make in quantities large enough for our family (and I can hide veggies that they might not eat on their own). We only eat red meat a few nights a month. And, anything with refined sugar and/or lots of saturated fat is a treat food. You'll note the Bee Movie fruit snacks on the top of the fridge (next to the remains of their Halloween candy). The key, I think, is to never outlaw a food, but to start talking to kids about nutrition early on. It gets hard when they go to school, but the whole "bento box" movement is helping that. And, the number one motivator for them to try new foods and eat well, is....YOU and your HUSBAND. :) Especially if you're planning to breastfeed, you should eat new things so your child will get tastes of the flavor through your breastmilk. Anyway...tonight we had Rosemary Salmon in our favorite Olive Oil (an Australian product), baked in a foil wrap with three squash variants, tomatoe, and garlic. We had coconut-clove basmati rice for our side. And, for a treat, we made some mac and cheese. Dessert was baked apples with raisins, walnuts, and cinnamon, with a shortbread cookie on the side. That's a pretty standard meal in our house. :)
Another thing - let your kids grow up cooking with you or your husband. In fact, for my boys, it's been great to see that their dad cooks with me and we have fun doing it. We involve the little ones in age appropriate tasks (peeling carrots or moving veggies from the cutting board to a bowl or adding seasonings). It gets them invested in their food and more likely to eat what is served. Good luck with your new little one!! Share pics. I love newborns. And, the fact that you're willing to ask questions like this speaks well for your little one. Kudos, Mommy!