Feeding kids has certainly been a adventure. Before kids, I had this vision that if I introduced a food or vegetable to my child at an early age, they would eat it and love it. But the ugly truth is, babies have taste buds and preferences just as we adults do. If they don’t like it, they won’t eat it. At all. No matter how many times you stick it in front of their little faces. The other ugly truth about feeding kids is that their taste buds are constantly evolving and changing as they get older. So, as a parent, you are offered numerous chances to help sway the case for that broccoli, mushroom or asparagus. You will get reject numerous times, but you hold out for that off chance they change their mind.
My eldest is almost 13 and his palate has evolved the most. For many years, the only vegetable he ate was corn. But now? Brussels sprouts “smell good” and convinced him to try them. Broccoli “aren’t that bad” and he will eat a few without fuss at dinner. Mushrooms “are soooooo good!!!!!” – and he will scoop up as many as he can from the serving bowl, leaving a few lost shrooms for mom and dad.
Some vegetables were adored by my children wholeheartedly from day one. My Princess has loved broccoli way before she could talk. She would jump up and down and point to them until I fed her that precious broccoli. Who knew?
The same thing holds true with artichokes. Middle Child and Princes love, love, LOVE artichokes. Their little fingers carefully remove the peels. They eat them plain, with lemon juice or with a dipping sauce. They giggle as they scrape up the artichoke meat with their little teeth.
Again, who knew?
These gorgeous baby artichokes were sent to me by Frieda’s Produce. And they were tender and amazing when braised with mushrooms, garlic and lemon. I was so bummed that I had to share it with the kiddos. Be careful what you wish for, eh?
What vegetable did your kids fall in love with that totally amazed you?