^^Mazen’s first food photography!
I’ve mentioned before that Mazen is a typical picky eater. He’s not all Plain Jane, and he does have a handful of very healthy foods that he likes, but I would never use the terms “adventurous” or “well rounded” to describe his diet. I can’t help but compare his meals to those of other kids I know (I’m looking at you Eat Live Run and Daily Garnish!) and feel like a failure as a mom. We’ve done our best to present a variety of healthy options and enthusiastically model healthy eating, but sometimes I wonder if it’s just luck of the draw. We do have a very strong-willed personality over here!
Matt has done a really good job of cooking with Mazen this past year, and not surprisingly Mazen has tried many more new foods at Matt’s house. So I decided I needed to step up my game and work on our meals: shopping, preparing, and eating together.
Mazen doesn’t like spaghetti (I know, right?!) but he LOVES pizza, so my idea for a meal was to put his favorite pizza toppings on noodles. This isn’t a gold-star meal, but it incorporates several vegetables and is only one step away from something he really likes. Matt has had good success with assemble-yourself meals, so I kept everything separate and we built our bowls together.
So how did it go? Really well!!! He loved the assembly, and while he didn’t gobble it all down, he ate a little of everything (veggies included).
Yes the pepperoni was the biggest hit : )
We said “cheers” with his and hers kombuchas too!
And he took photos of his bowl and of me using my big camera – not bad for his first time!
I have since also done a DIY taco bar with him (which was not a big hit) and homemade pizza (which was). I’d love any more ideas of meals your kids love to help make!