Today’s menu: pasta with meat sauce, breadstick, orange, broccoli, milk
Doesn’t this meal just make you happy? Or is it just me? I like the pasta and then a real veggie and fruit!?
Is someone reading this blog and then planning these meals? If so, thank you. And “Hi.” This feels a little awkward.
Someone asked me if my favorite lunches (pasta, tex-mex, chili) are the kids’ favorite lunches. No. Most kids like pizza, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets. They toss the veggies. And some kids toss everything. So I believe that “catering” to kids’ supposed “favorites” is a huge mistake. They don’t know what is good for them and really they don’t know what they like since they have had less years of experience eating than us.
For example, me and tomatoes. I hated tomatoes my entire life. Then when I turned 25 I realized that if I didn’t eat tomatoes on a sandwich at lunch that then I missed out on eating a veggie at lunch. So I forced myself to eat tomatoes and now officially I eat tomatoes. Sometimes I like them (I’ve always loved pasta sauce, ketchup, salsa), but eating them alone is still a challenge for me. What I’m trying to say is that no one should remove “tomatoes” from a menu just to cater to that old me. I wonder if someone had explained the health benefits of tomatoes to me earlier that I would have been more inclined to eat them when I was younger.
It’s best for us to offer healthy food and instruct kids on what they should eat and how it should be prepared. A few readers suggest that parents should be doing that at home. I agree. But what about parents who have no idea how to cook with fresh food? You know, there are parents who think that it is cheaper to go to Mc*Donald’s and spend $10-15 for dinner versus going to the grocery store and spending $50-$75 on food that could last them for days. Let’s face it, most Americans don’t know how to shop or how to cook. Home economics has been sliced out of education and that precious instruction is not happening at home (at least not in many households). Where are people going to learn about food and how to cook if not in school at a young age?
Thanks for your cute comments on Mr. Q’s viewpoint. He had fun answering the questions and said they really made him think. He is a pretty terrific guy and I’m grateful every single day that I took that art class in college where we met. Since we are both not artists, I think it was fate 🙂