We like to think that as soon as our kids outgrow the toddler stage they will magically be well-rounded adventurous eaters. I hate to be the bearer of bad news if you haven’t been hit with the concrete wall of reality yet, but unfortunately, if you have a picky eater at two, you will probably still have a picky eater at five.
You know what I’ve found really can help with a picky eater? Making everything look as yummy as possible. Enter these beautiful plates and bowls from Avanchy. The elegant bamboo is complemented with an array of colorful silicone options. Don’t underestimate the power of a pretty plate to make food look more appetizing! Let’s not forget that they are also durable, non-toxic and stain resistant.
I’ll be honest, I was probably an adult when I was finally okay if my food got mixed up on my plate (confessions of a former picky eater! My husband would debate the former part…). What’s great about these Avanchy plates is they are so beautiful and sophisticated (yes, I did just say that about a plate) that your older kids will be cool using them too. Their food will stay separated, which they’ll appreciate, and the toddler size plate leaves plenty of room for a full meal for kids of all ages. Opt for Avanchy’s chic new black option and you could get away with serving snacks to grownups in the bowls!
With the temperatures dropping outside and the holiday spirit swirling around us, my desire to serve good old comfort food goes through the roof. Macaroni and cheese is a favorite in our house, and yes, it is indulgent. I have one trick up my sleeve though—I throw in some pureed sweet potato when I’m melting the cheeses for a healthy boost to our otherwise not-so-healthy choice. I tried this once on a whim when I had too much sweet potato left from making baby food, and I ended up loving the bit of warm flavor it added to the dish.
For those kids wooed by the fluorescent orange of certain mac and cheese brands, the sweet potato adds a stronger orange color that adds authenticity for the mac and cheese connoisseur in your life.
Start with your favorite homemade macaroni and cheese recipe. Microwave or bake your sweet potato. Remove the skin and cut it in half. Save one half for another meal and chop up the other. Either puree it in a blender/food processor or you can use an immersion blender right in the melted cheese. Mix it up thoroughly and continue with the rest of the recipe. You can experiment with adding more or less sweet potato to your own tastes. Yum! Just right for your Thanksgiving kid who will not eat a lick of turkey.
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