I think the picture says it all… M says she always gets comments when she grabs the end of the pepper and pulls it out of the Tupperware in her lunch box. I cut out the stem, then pull out the seeds as best I can, use a good paring knife and see if I can cut the whole thing in one spiral. I then remove any left-over seeds and white parts.
In general, I find that making your child’s food into art, to try to get your kid to eat it, means you may be working too hard, and it might not even be helping. But this pepper trick is quick, easy, I don’t do it every time, and it makes me smile thinking of her pulling that pepper out at lunch.
What do you think? Where is the line between a fun food prep method, and Picasso on a plate? When does it cross into pressure? Cutting pepper spirals, serving food-art every meal? Do you have fun ways of preparing foods? Have you made a fancy food project only to have your child still reject your efforts?
Generally when I work with parents on feeding concerns, asking them to examine their motives, their feelings and the child’s reactions helps them know if their approach is helping or possibly harming.