Some people seem to think that healthy kids should be willing and happy to eat exactly what their parents are eating. Well, some of them are willing, and some of them probably enjoy it too. Depending on their ages, foods they were raised on, and how adventurous their parents taste buds are.
What is kid-friendly? That of course will depend on the kid. If you have consistently used the same taste palate for your child’s entire life, they will probably happily eat anything that contains. Once when my son was about three we had some young missionaries over for dinner. I made a pasta salad and had a bit of extra garlic, I decided to just throw it in. (We ate a lot of garlic, often raw or lightly cooked.) Well…it was a little strong. I apologized, they said no problem (as missionaries are prone to do) and one of them ate it with no problem. The other one seemed to struggle a bit more, and periodically glance in awe (or shock) at the three year old next to him gulping down his extremely garlicky pasta and proclaiming it delicious. So, yes it is possible for kids to like things not traditionally considered “child-friendly”. Households that consistently use the same taste palate are the likeliest place to find kid’s labeled “not picky”.
If however, you’ve become healthier over the course of your child’s life, or you tend to use a lot of variety when you cook, there may be a problem. For instance, I have several times made things that I know my son loved, three years ago, but…he doesn’t remember ever having eaten them before. Usually in that case he doesn’t HATE the food, but is often not crazy about it either.
I’m finding that in the world of plant-based eating there is less out there directed at children, or feeding them, than there is for adults. Probably because in our culture today, adults with health problems are the vast majority of people switching to whole foods plant based diets. But, what about their kids? When you start to feel so much better, you want your children to be healthy and energetic too. (Well, maybe not too energetic.)
So, I’ve decided to label/tag the recipes on this blog that I consider child friendly, with notes on what works in our house and possible suggestions for kids whose taste buds are in different stages of development.
Be patient while we work through the previously posted recipes/ideas, but I think it will be worth it.