How to get your kids to try new things? Serve it family-style. Kids love to be part of the meal and pass things around. Adding the food to your own plate gives some autonomy as to how much they add. Mix the good with the “I don’t know about that” and at least you aren’t making two dinners- they can eat what they like most, but can taste a little of everything.
I like to hide the favorite part of the meal under the things I’d like them to try so they have to dig and inevitably will end up with some of what they may normally not take on their plates. Color is king- add some Rainbow Chard! If it has good color it is always more enticing than a plate of brown, white or some shade in between.
Here is a simple dinner we make that has a little something for everyone- Roasted Vegetables over Farro with an over-easy fried egg, and a slice of homemade bread and you are golden! Note the broken yolk and dribble on the plate rim shows we are not perfect at plating, we just make the perfect plates for every occasion!
Roasted Vegetables & Farro
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