My daughter is to the age that she wants to help me in the kitchen whenever she can, and she asks just about every meal. This is so fun for me because I remember standing on a chair and cooking with my mom or helping put the veggies in the salad or fruit in a bowl. I realized this is such an awesome time to teach her while having fun.
As long as it’s not too hot, I let her help me every way I can. We make fruit salad together-I cut, she puts it in the bowl. We make regular salad-I cut it and she puts the veggies in the bowl. I even get a small bowl out and let her put the veggies she likes(which are few and far between-oy!) in her own salad bowl. She has actually come a long way. Tonight we had chicken wraps (easy crock pot recipe below). I initially gave her the shredded chicken (with ketchup of course) and her sides. After she saw Pete and I eating our chicken in a piece of Romaine lettuce, she opted to try it too. So we wrapped up some chicken and ketchup in her lettuce and off she went. Having two bites, she then decided she didn’t so much care for it. But, hey, she tried it! Six months ago she wouldn’t even touch lettuce, let alone put it in her mouth-willingly.
Even though she hasn’t ended up loving more veggies, she’s started trying them. Because they are so important to have in our diet, I came up with a solution to get to eat more veggies. Ketchup. She will eat 4 bites (for 4 years old) of almost any veggie as long as she can have ketchup. To me, that’s a win-win situation!
Crock pot Chicken Tacos
4-5 large chicken breasts (fresh or frozen)
1 cup water or chicken broth (beware the sodium in broth)
1 pkg taco seasoning (or 1.5oz homemade seasoning)
Add all ingredients to crock pot. High for 5-6 hours, then keep warm.
Serve with washed Romaine lettuce leaves.
Add veggies as your side and fruit as your dessert.