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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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  • Cinnamon & honey granola bar, 9/15/14

    Cinnamon & honey granola bar, 9/15/14

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:05:39 GMT
    Alan BennettMakes: 12 servingsPrep Time: 15 minsCook Time: 15 minsIngredients1/2 stick butter, softened1 cup brown sugar1 egg, beaten2 tablespoons flaxseed, ground if available2 tablespoons Honey2 cups Oats (old Fashion)1 cup All-purpose flour, sifted1 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 cup raisinsNotes / DirectionsIn a large bowl, beat the softened butter brown sugar until blended and crumbly, about 2 minutes.Add egg and beat wellStir in flaxseed and honeyIn another bowl, combine ...More >>
    Alan BennettMakes: 12 servingsPrep Time: 15 minsCook Time: 15 minsIngredients1/2 stick butter, softened1 cup brown sugar1 egg, beaten2 tablespoons flaxseed, ground if available2 tablespoons Honey2 cups Oats (old Fashion)1 cup All-purpose flour, sifted1 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 cup raisinsNotes / DirectionsIn a large bowl, beat the softened butter brown sugar until blended and crumbly, about 2 minutes.Add egg and beat wellStir in flaxseed and honeyIn another bowl, combine ...More >>
  • Game Day Dip

    Game Day Dip

    Saturday, September 13 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-09-13 16:14:26 GMT
    By: Marc HaynesIngredients:8 oz Philadelphia cream cheese2 Cups of shredded cheddar cheese1 Can of Rotel Tomatoes1 tsp ground cumin1 Can white corn1 Can yellow cornDirections:Melt cream cheese in microwave for approximately 2 minutes. Add additional time if cream cheese is not completely melted.After cream cheese is softened stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and microwave for an additional 2 - 4 minutes (until mostly melted)Add can of Rotel tomatoes (NOT drained), the cans of corn (drained)...More >>
    By: Marc HaynesIngredients:8 oz Philadelphia cream cheese2 Cups of shredded cheddar cheese1 Can of Rotel Tomatoes1 tsp ground cumin1 Can white corn1 Can yellow cornDirections:Melt cream cheese in microwave for approximately 2 minutes. Add additional time if cream cheese is not completely melted.After cream cheese is softened stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and microwave for an additional 2 - 4 minutes (until mostly melted)Add can of Rotel tomatoes (NOT drained), the cans of corn (drained)...More >>
  • Paleo Country Breading & Frying

    Paleo Country Breading & Frying

    Saturday, September 13 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-09-13 15:53:52 GMT
    by: Julianne BitelyIngredients:1 cup almond flour1/3 cup shredded coconut1/4 tsp paprika1 tsp garlic powder1/2 tsp black pepper1/2 tsp dried thyme2 large eggs (free range, please), beaten *for washCoconut oil for fryingCooking Oil Temperatures:Chicken: 350-375 degreesGreen Tomatoes: 360-375 degreesOkra: 350-375 degreesfor more recipes from Julianne go to WellnessInLittleRock.comMore >>
    by: Julianne BitelyIngredients:1 cup almond flour1/3 cup shredded coconut1/4 tsp paprika1 tsp garlic powder1/2 tsp black pepper1/2 tsp dried thyme2 large eggs (free range, please), beaten *for washCoconut oil for fryingCooking Oil Temperatures:Chicken: 350-375 degreesGreen Tomatoes: 360-375 degreesOkra: 350-375 degreesfor more recipes from Julianne go to WellnessInLittleRock.comMore >>


 

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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