Symbolic food plays a big role in Chinese culture. Foods at the Chinese New Year table are thought to promote happiness, longevity, and other common new year themes. Tea eggs are said to symbolize golden nuggets and are served to promote prosperity and wealth in the new year.
One of my 5 year old son's favorite snacks are fruit leathers-they are basically homemade fruit roll-ups. They are a great heatlhy snack and super easy to make. They don't have any chemical preservatives or artificial sugars and they still taste delicious!
I've been waiting a long time for a food writer like Sally Sampson. Sampson is the founder and publisher of a non-profit organization that publishes a delightful magazine for kids called ChopChop: The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families.
Children want to mimic adults. They notice when you choose to prepare fresh vegetables over calling in another pizza pie for dinner. They will see that food made with love and care outweighs going through the drive-through window.
Children represent our biggest opportunity for change when it comes to food. They are the most important part of the equation. Pollan urges us to "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. And cook them." Let's add three more words to that slogan -- "with your kids."
What can you do if your kid is the one who only eats white foods or only likes pasta or refuses to try anything new? Decide to go on a culinary adventure together. Begin by working with your kids, not against them.
The restaurant is infused with the flavors of our meal. Sweetness from the apples as the natural sugars bubble to the surface, the savory grilled Rainbow trout tastes like something Huck Finn might cook beside the Mississippi. "That trout didn't stand a chance," Chef Tom teases.
I had just discovered I was pregnant with my first child. Most women in my shoes would be making lists of names, mentally designing the nursery or simply immersing themselves in baby bliss. I was reveling because I could finally eat whatever the hell I wanted.
Is mac & cheese the healthiest dinner choice? Of course not. Would I recommend serving it more than once a week? Probably not. But when made well, perhaps with some veggies thrown in, mac & cheese is certainly a better option than say, a Happy Meal.