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Signing your child up for a cooking class -- either with you or with her friends -- literally puts new foods at her fingertips. © iStockphoto.com/Thomas Perkins Signing your child up for a cooking class -- either with you or with her friends -- literally puts new foods at her fingertips. © iStockphoto.com/Thomas Perkins
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  • Spicy Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce, 8/27/14

    Spicy Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce, 8/27/14

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:49:39 GMT
    Gary DukeAlley Oops4 tomatoes, chopped2 tablespoon olive oil1/2 onion, sliced thinlysalt, black pepper, crushed red pepper and garlic to taste4 eggsfresh mozzarella cheese, cubedparmesan cheesefresh basilbread slices1. In a sauce pan, cook the onions in the olive oil for a few minutes, add the tomatoes and seasoning to mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover, simmer for an additional 15 or 20 minutes.2. Uncover sauce and gentle crack the eggs evenly around your tomato sauce. Place ...More >>
    Gary DukeAlley Oops4 tomatoes, chopped2 tablespoon olive oil1/2 onion, sliced thinlysalt, black pepper, crushed red pepper and garlic to taste4 eggsfresh mozzarella cheese, cubedparmesan cheesefresh basilbread slices1. In a sauce pan, cook the onions in the olive oil for a few minutes, add the tomatoes and seasoning to mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover, simmer for an additional 15 or 20 minutes.2. Uncover sauce and gentle crack the eggs evenly around your tomato sauce. Place ...More >>
  • Summer Shrimp Salad, 8/25/14

    Summer Shrimp Salad, 8/25/14

    Monday, August 25 2014 8:49 AM EDT2014-08-25 12:49:13 GMT
    Capi PeckTrio'sServes 41 1/4 lbs. large Gulf shrimp in the shell2 ears corn on the cobs, steamed, grilled or roasted/ kernels removedFor the dressing:2 cloves garlic, smashed1 1/2 t. cumin1 t. paprika1/2 t. cayenne pepper1/2 c. lime juice1c. olive oil1/2 c. cilantro leavessalt to tasteCombine all dressing ingredients in bowl or jar. Whisk or shake well to combine. Set aside.2 Haas avocados, sliced1/2 c. cilantro leaves8 cups arugula or other greens of your choice?1 half Vidalia or sweet onion...More >>
    Capi PeckTrio'sServes 41 1/4 lbs. large Gulf shrimp in the shell2 ears corn on the cobs, steamed, grilled or roasted/ kernels removedFor the dressing:2 cloves garlic, smashed1 1/2 t. cumin1 t. paprika1/2 t. cayenne pepper1/2 c. lime juice1c. olive oil1/2 c. cilantro leavessalt to tasteCombine all dressing ingredients in bowl or jar. Whisk or shake well to combine. Set aside.2 Haas avocados, sliced1/2 c. cilantro leaves8 cups arugula or other greens of your choice?1 half Vidalia or sweet onion...More >>
  • Tuscan Grilled Chicken Pasta, 8/22/14

    Tuscan Grilled Chicken Pasta, 8/22/14

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:20 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:20:29 GMT
    Brandon DouglasServes 4· ½ cup grilled Chicken· 5 slices Salami· ½ cup sliced Grape tomato· ½ cup Spinach rough chop· 2 cups uncooked small pasta shells, orzo or macaroni· 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced· ¼ cup olive Oil or butter· 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese· 2 tablespoons fresh basil chiffonade· 1/4 teaspoon salt· 1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked pepperDirections1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute garlic in olive oil. Remove from the heat. Drain pa...More >>
    Brandon DouglasServes 4· ½ cup grilled Chicken· 5 slices Salami· ½ cup sliced Grape tomato· ½ cup Spinach rough chop· 2 cups uncooked small pasta shells, orzo or macaroni· 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced· ¼ cup olive Oil or butter· 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese· 2 tablespoons fresh basil chiffonade· 1/4 teaspoon salt· 1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked pepperDirections1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute garlic in olive oil. Remove from the heat. Drain pa...More >>


 

What’s the best way to get your child to eat something other than pasta and chicken fingers, you ask? Don’t try.

Most parents wish their kids were more adventurous with the foods they eat at home, restaurants or other people’s homes. But the harder you push, the more resistant they’ll be. “The sticking point is usually that you want them to eat this vegetable or eat everything on the table. In order to have a power struggle, everyone has to play,” says Matthew Amster-Burton, author of Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater.

The trick to getting children to try new foods is to create situations where they can discover that pleasure on their own. Here, three ways to lead your child to the table without making him eat:

1. Encourage your child to cook.

Signing your child up for a cooking class -- either with you or with her friends -- literally puts new foods at her fingertips. It also puts her in charge, which can be a big motivator. “When my daughter gets to do the prep work and the cooking, she actually wants to eat the food,” says Betsy Gibson of Weston, Mass. “We also take the recipes home and make them again later. Sometimes we’ll even invite a friend over for a cooking playdate.” Many supermarkets offer inexpensive classes aimed at various age groups, from young children to teens. Or form your own class with other parents and take turns hosting in your home.

2. Try new foods together.

Instead of forcing your child to eat something that you know and love but that he won’t go near, make a dish that none of you has eaten before. Choose a night to sit down as a family, take out the cookbooks and pick a recipe together. Agree that anyone who doesn’t like it can have a sandwich afterward. Have your child help with the cooking, and he’ll have even more incentive to give it a try.

3. Tweak “adult food.”

If you view things in terms of “kid food” and “adult food,” you’re not giving your child a chance to meet you halfway. If you’re making something you think is a stretch for her, don’t run to the freezer for a hot dog. Try preparing a variation on your meal that’s less “risky.” For example, if you’re sauteing tilapia with escarole, garlic and peppery lemon oil for you, take a piece or two of the fish and bake it with salt, butter and a little lemon juice for her. Then put some of your escarole in a dish for her to try if she wants to. “There’s a continuum between kid food and adult food,” says Amster-Burton. “There’s plenty of room for compromise.”

 

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