We all like to have choices! When it comes to food, having a little choice can be the difference between grumpy eating and enthusiastic eating, especially with kids who are picky eaters. One easy solution is to follow the model of make-your-own Sundays and apply it to dinner food:
Make your own pasta extravaganza –
- Boil a big pot of water and select 2 different kinds of pasta (my kids are big fans of wagon wheels, penne, rigatoni and spaghetti). When the first is done, use a big strainer spoon (insert pic) or tongs to take it out and add the 2nd kind.
- Make your own quick tomato sauce (link to recipe) or buy a good-quality jar (add a few brand suggestions). Make your own pesto (link to recipe) or buy a jar (365 and Traders Joe’s are good).
- Grate some parmesan or pecorino Romano cheese. Put out small bowls of chopped olives and sun-dried tomatoes. If you want more protein, include sautéed shrimp, meatballs (homemade or frozen), or white beans (delicious with broccoli raab).