Plate Half Full Philosophy

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My most recent video ( was a little different in that it didn’t focus on a recipe, but rather on the trials and tribulations of feeding young children healthy foods, and my tips for how to survive dinner time with a toddler without pulling your hair out. It was something I was excited to share, but once I got into the nitty gritty, I quickly realized it would be harder than I originally anticipated. When I started to look back on times when we’d had trouble getting the boys to eat or I’d seen friends of mine with a less adventurous eater, I realized that the solution always presented itself in a completely unexpected, completely organic way.

For instance, there was the time we were on vacation with friends of ours. Their son was eating very little which was understandable as the food was very different from home. Then one night, we were all at dinner, and there was some beautiful grilled fish on the table, which of course, all the kids refused to eat. But, in a stroke of inspiration, my husband grabbed a tortilla chip, put a bit of grilled fish on it, and BOOM. Fish chip was born. He made a connection by using the chip! The kids couldn’t get enough of it. Weird and illogical? Yes. But in the moment, a complete lifesaver.

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So I guess if there’s one piece of advice I could offer, it would be to keep at it, don’t loose hope, and to go your own way when it comes to cooking for your little ones. Don’t stress over whether you’re following Doctor So-and-So’s prescription for perfect children. Kids are unpredictable, and you never know what might work in the moment. Basically, don’t be afraid to get creative. It won’t always work, and sure sometimes you’ll end up making a fool of yourself in a crowded restaurant singing about your roast chicken, but sometimes it will work, and you’ll be over the moon.

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