How to expand a child’s menu with the Connecticut Working Moms

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.

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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.

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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!”


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