When my 2.5-year-old was younger I went through a long period of worrying about what he ate, or more specifically, what he didn’t eat. For a while there it seemed like he lived almost exclusively on Saltines and milk, and I compulsively checked him for symptoms of scurvy. Well-meaning people gave me all kinds of suggestions for foods to offer him, but in the end he refused them all and rode out the crackers-and-dairy stage with all his teeth intact.
His palate has expanded since then, but he’s never been one of those kids who happily devours whatever Mom and Dad are having. I don’t really push that issue, especially when I’m low on time and dinner just needs to happen, even if it involves a less-than-gourmet, surely-not-approved-by-Jessica-Seinfeld meal for him. When I’m in a rush and trying to juggle two kids and get the dog and cat fed and empty the dishwasher all at the same time, I tend to go for the tried-and-true. Sure, I might be encouraging a Food Rut, but . . . well, I don’t know, I guess I’ve decided it’s not that big of a deal.
The foods my kid never refuses:
Good old Eggo waffles. Riley eats one slathered with peanut butter and jelly every single morning.
Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies. I kid myself by pretending these are healthier than Goldfish crackers.
Chicken nuggets, and not just any brand, only Tyson seems to do the trick. Served with a large vat of ketchup for maximum mess.
Look, something sort of healthy! Fuji apples, cut in slices, are always a hit.
Delicious gooey macaroni and cheese, heated in the microwave and served with a “man poon” (man spoon, don’t ask).
Chicken soup, noodles only, rinsed so that at least some of the 14757206 grams of sodium are removed.
Yogurt tubes, which have the best meal delivery method ever. ALL toddler foods should come in a tube.
What are your bullet-proof kid meals? I mean, the things your kid will ALWAYS eat, the things you feed them when it’s been a long busy day and you just want them to get food in their bellies and there’s no time for lengthy meal preparations or the fervent hope for adventurous taste buds?