MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) – Does your kid only eat pizza and chicken nuggets? Connecticut Families teams-up with the Connecticut Working Moms to provide some tips on how to develop a child’s palate.
Jessica Hendrickson, of Middletown, mom to a 6 and 4 year old, strives to improve her sons’ diets.
“The two things I struggle most with them is eating healthy and expanding their palate,” she says.
So, she attempts to get creative in the kitchen. Instead of pasta, she serves a worldly alternative.
“This is Israeli Couscous or Pearled Couscous,” says Hendrickson as she stirs her concoction on the stove. “What I do is add some American cheese while it’s cooking.”
Stir-in broccoli, either frozen or fresh, and it becomes Broccoli Mac-N-Cheese.
Hendrickson shares these sorts of tips in the blog posts she writes for the Connecticut Working Moms, an online community.
“We write about our day to day life being a mom, balancing work and life,” she says. “We write about our struggles and what works for us.”
This busy, single mother has also created a homemade alternative to the canned dinner her son loves:
“I make Spaghettios style little meatballs. I keep it really simple: ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs. Because they’re small, they cook very quickly.”
Add some fun pasta and sauce.
If a new recipe fails, so what? And who knows? The plan could work and you’ll end-up with mini-foodies!
“More times than not, they’re like, ‘I like it,'” says Hendrickson. “I actually like it!”