Sunday, October 12, 2008

Put on a happy face

The girls are becoming increasingly more picky eaters. They used to eat EVERYTHING. They were used to gobble up anything I'd put in front of them, including strong flavored and "odd" things. People used to comment on how they couldn't believe the girls would eat some of the things we tried. Now that they're almost three, they've apparently decided they are only going to eat Mac N Cheese. Yes, they've become THOSE kids. How embarassing. While I do dress up the macaroni, adding roasted, pureed butternut squash (undetectable by 3 yrd old girls AND daddies!), I still feel like that is just not ok to eat for every meal, every day.

Along the way, I discovered the girls will, at least, try something if it looks fun. Slap a happy face on that sandwich and we're golden. I made them these pizzas. Not only did they love helping create the faces, they had fun EATING them.

Their favorite part was the black olives. The kids LOVES black olives. Can we classify them as a healthy vegetable, PLEASE?!

For the pizza faces, I used canned buttermilk biscuits, pepperoni, black olives, green onions and sundried tomatos (also discovered Kate's love for sundried tomatos). You can use anything you have in the pantry/fridge. Just have fun with it. Bake according to package directions. Serve with marinara/pizza sauce for dipping.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Those little pizza faces are so cute! They remind me of a study on 20/20 that a friend told me about. She said they did a bunch of studies involving kids' food choices and saw that kids repeatedly chose to eat foods with characters on it. If the researchers stuck a spongebob sticker on a banana, kids were more likely to eat it. My favorite part is that they did a study where they gave kids two choices for what they got to eat for breakfast. One was a bowl of cereal with no decorations, and the other was a rock with cartoon stickers on it. Time and again, the kids chose the rock. It still makes me chuckle.

Love Jenny