For lunch today I took another note out of Ellen Fisher’s YouTube videos. Her recipes are just simple and easy for a single mom like myself. As I’ve stated I’ve struggled getting my 3 year old to eat actual vegetables even though she’s vegetarian (moving her away from dairy now) I know this is partially because her dad (who she’s with half the week) isn’t vegan or vegetarian and eats a pretty meat centric diet. And also because my sister and live together with her 5 year old daughter and neither of them are vegan or vegetarian.
My daughter then isn’t seeing how normal eating plants would be if it was just the two of us. But anyways, so I made a simple lunch today of just sliced potatoes and a dipping sauce with cucumbers (cause I love them). Out of the vegan kid friendly meals I thought of making for the week this is the one I thought she’d like the most (because she loves French fries). I was actually super disappointed to realize though that my kid doesn’t like actual potatoes or maybe she doesn’t know what an actual potato tastes like – cause she didn’t like these and refused to eat them saying they weren’t fries.
I know this whole thing I’m doing of introducing her to new foods and expand her palette instead of just feeding her what she likes and knows cause I just want her to eat – isn’t going to be easy. But I was really frustrated that she didn’t like this meal cause …. potatoes are what fries are.
But I will just try and make more of these real potato fries for her tomorrow. Maybe seeing these “fries” more often will get her use to the idea that this is what real fries look like and actually are besides the fried fast food or frozen kind.
All I did to these potatoes was cut them up I kept some with the skin on and peeled others (just in case she complained about the skin). Added salt a little olive oil and put them in the oven for 30 mins on 350. I also made a dipping sauce that was 1 sweet potato, 2 carrots, salt, pepper and nutritional yeast. I boiled the sweet potato and carrots first then through then in the blender when they were soft.
If any mothers out there have any tips for picky eaters who eat the same thing everyday please send those tips my way on how you got your kids to try other foods.