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fun with pomegranates

Posted by on Dec 1, 2010 in Blog Posts | 14 comments

So, I’ve been wrestling with a post about adult picky eating and the notion of “should” and I thought I’d take a break and put this out there. Last month, M hung out with a great friend/Auntie type (I am enamored with the Indian tradition of calling all special adults “Auntie” or “Uncle” for M. We don’t have much extended family, and it feels special to me…) She came back with a little tupperware container of pomegranate seeds. (Sorry...

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nutrition education overload and the power of peer pressure

Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Blog Posts | 10 comments

My almost 5 yo daughter suddenly wants to be a vegetarian. I’m getting quizzed if her packed lunch has “meat” (see post on telling kids where meat comes from) or not. The swift onset of the power of peer pressure is awe inspiring. One of the “big girls” (6 year olds) is a vegetarian as is one of the teachers. I asked why she wanted to be a vegetarian and she said, “Because E is.” M loves meat, she loves turkey curry and a wide variety of foods. I...

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Artichokes have hearts, but aren’t animals. Learning where meat comes from…

Posted by on Apr 12, 2010 in Blog Posts |

  I’ve heard from three or four moms who are struggling with telling their kids about meat. One has a five year-old who is now refusing to eat any meat. We recently navigated this at home, so here are some thoughts. M likes meat (this was not always the case, as she was almost 3 before she really started eating the dinner type meats). Several months ago she asked, “Mom, where does chicken come from?” This happened to be expensive free-range chicken, so I could answer...

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dinner patchwork

Posted by on Dec 29, 2009 in Blog Posts | 1 comment

As much as I love to cook, it is simply not possible for me to be sane and balanced and make all from-scratch meals every night with several choices of foods. To make family meals work for me, and for many families, I recommend a combination of from-scratch, relying on left-overs, and prepared foods. (Secrets to Feeding a Healthy Family, Ellyn Satter is a great resource.) The other night, we had a DiGiorno frozen pizza (it was yummy, thin crust…) with leftover home-made butternut squash...

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Posted by on Nov 11, 2009 in Blog Posts |

I recently read some books about “locavores,” people who only eat what can be produced locally, and I came away feeling a mix of inspiration and guilt for not doing more. As you know, my mantra is “taking anxiety and conflict off the menu,” so in an effort to reduce my anxiety I decided to look into it a little further. Living in Minnesota, eating only local seems like an impossible task. Also, with a small child still developing her tastes, I want to expose her to a...

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