I hear parents ALL the time talking about how it's hard to get their kids to eat a diversity of foods. From the time the girls were baby's I made it a point to try ALL kinds of different foods so we wouldn't be making mac-n-cheese and chicken nuggets for every meal. We decided to feed them a vegetarian diet and as much organic food as we are able to afford which isn't always too much but milk is a constant! Along with that we try to avoid as much processed food as possible.....it's hard to avoid it completely but we do our best. If they choose later they want to eat meat then that is their prerogative but for now they are perfectly content with their killed-animal-free-diet!! Not to say they don't sit down to the table and say the typical "I don't like that" or "yuck" or "I don't want to eat that" BUT I am NOT a short order cook either!!! So the rule is you have to try it and at least eat your veggies.....more than not if I can get them to try a bite their plates are cleaned off!!! I eat meat once in a great while and Jon was raised on ALL kinds of meat. So it's has been somewhat of a challenge to make meals that will satisfy Jon's palate but stick with our vegetarianism! I am very proud of Jon because he has really changed his diet without too much of a fuss.
This was our meal Friday evening: Cuban Black Bean Patties with Pineapple Quinoa and asparagus...delish!!!